Application to Test EMS Ridgeline Daypack - Anthony (TJ) Smith
- Application to test EMS Ridgeline Daypack.
I have read the Test Report Requirements (Chapter 5) posted in v.1202 on
August 1, 2005 and agree to complete all report requirements for the item I
am requesting to test. My test agreement has been completed and submitted
to Shane. In addition, I understand and agree to the new testing periods
If selected, I would need a men's model, sized for a 21 in (53 cm) torso and
42 in (107 cm) chest. My order of color preferences if given a choice are
classic green, then cobalt, and black as a final choice.
Personal Biographical Information
Name - Anthony (TJ) Smith
Age - 30
Gender - Male
Height - 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Weight - 155 lb (70 kg)
Email Address - tjsmith1946@...
City, State, Country - Pensacola, FL USA
Date - August 1, 2005
Background - I have been camping for a little over 5 years now, mostly car
camping. I have recently begun backpacking, and I am constantly adding new
gear to my "collection" in an effort to get my gear list tailored more
towards backpacking. Most of my backpacking trips are short duration, not
more than one or two nights. I am planning some longer trips in the near
As this is a daypack, I will concentrate my usage on day trips. However,
for trips of shorter duration (single night), I intend to test the usability
of the pack for these shorter trips. I also intend to wear the pack on
regular trail maintenance activities in my area, conducting clearing and
general upkeep on trails in my local area.
FR Period - a minimum of 3-4 day trips, and potentially 1-2 overnights.
LTR Period - a minimum of 6-8 day trips, and potentially 3-4 overnights.
I intend to put the EMS Ridgeline Daypack through its paces in the region of
Northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama. This area ranges from sandy beach
areas to pine forests to swampy sections. Temperatures during the
anticipated testing period will range from a typical high from 80-85 F
(27-32C) down to lows near 32 F (0 C). This period normally has occasional
showers and thunderstorms, but no snowfall is expected in the regions I
travel. While this is listed as a multi-use pack (skiing, boarding,
climbing, and hiking) I will primarily be using it has a hiking pack.
During testing I intend to explore the following issues:
Fit - How well does the pack fit? From the information on EMS' website,
this appears to be a one-size-fits-all type pack. Is this true? Does it
require a great deal of adjustments to achieve a good fit? How well does
the framesheet and stay contour and fit the contours of my back? How well
does the hip belt fit? How wide of an adjustment range does it have for
various clothing layers worn underneath?
Durability - How well made does the stitching and material of the pack
appear to be? How well padded is the hip belt and shoulder straps? How
well is the sleeve for the hydration bag? How well do the zippers hold up
to constant use? How well does the pack stand up to rain? Does it maintain
a good deal of water repellency/waterproofing, or does it need a pack cover
for even the lightest drizzle?
Flexibility - How flexible is the pack with packing options? Are there
plenty of easily accessible pockets and storage areas for smaller items?
Does the pack accommodate larger items, such as a hammock and lightweight
sleeping bag for warmer weather? How easy is it to access the hydration bag
with the pack full? Should I choose to carry water bottles instead of the
hydration bag, how large of a range of water bottles will fit?
Comfort - How well does the pack "wear?" Do I have to make constant
adjustments to the straps to keep it sitting properly? What load range is
the pack comfortable with (both minimum weights and maximums.) How well
does the back of the pack "breathe" in warmer weather? Am I constantly
drenched in sweat, or does the pack allow airflow between the pack and my
back? Does the pack have adequate padding in the back to keep items from
Any other issues that present themselves during the testing period will also
be expanded upon.
Thank you for the opportunity to apply for this pack, and if chosen, this
test will not conflict with either of the two tests I currently have in
Previously Written Reports
Avia Nevado Greylock Light Hiker Boots - <http://tinyurl.com/bt72h>
Platypus Hoser 2L - <http://tinyurl.com/9adnb> http://tinyurl.com/9adnb
Victorinox SwissTool Spirit - Currently in Long Term Testing -
Vargo Jet-Ti Stove - Currently in Field Report Testing -
Ex-Officio Give-N-Go Skivvy - http://tinyurl.com/b6dr9
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