APPLICATION - Atlas 11 Snowshoes
- Please accept my application to test the Atlas 11 Series Snowshoes
I have read and understood the current requirements in the Survival
Guide Version 0609, and I agree to comply with all of these
requirements as a tester. My signed Tester Agreement is on file with
Applicant: Bob Sanders
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
E-Mail: sherpabob at mac.com
Location: Longmont, Colorado
I went on my first backpacking trip as a Boy Scout at the age of 16.
Over the years I have hiked the Wonderland Trail in Washington and
section hiked numerous parts of the Florida Trail, the Appalachian
Trail and 740 mi (1191 km) of the Pacific Crest Trail during one
glorious summer. Best vacation I ever took. I continue to backpack and
hike year round in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I have evolved from a
heavyweight backpacker to a lightweight backpacker and during warmer
months I manage to hit ultralight weights. My three day fall/winter
solo adventures (using a tent) have me hovering around a 16 lb (7.2
kg) base weight. I really love the lightweight approach and I am
always looking for ways to lighten my load.
In my humble opinion Colorado is the perfect place to test snowshoes.
We get lots of snow in Colorado and the season is quite long. It is
only the beginning of November and I already have 18 in (45 cm) of
rapidly melting snow in my backyard. In some areas of the high country
4 ft (1.2 m) has already fallen. Depending on when the test ends we
could see snow as late as April to early May. I live at 5000 ft (1524
m) and have been known to travel to 10,000 ft (3048 m) during the
winter. Having a pair of snowshoes available for testing will allow me
to venture to higher terrain where the really deep snow lives. Daytime
temperatures can range between 50 to 10° F (10 to -12° C) with
nighttime temperatures ranging between 32 to -10° F (0 to -23° C).
Throughout the season I could encounter all types of snow conditions
ranging from deep powder to wet, heavy, crusty and icy snow. The
terrain is also quite varied ranging from flat easy open areas to
steep, rocky inclines.
I would actually consider myself new to snowshoeing. Over the past
couple of years I have either rented or borrowed a pair of snowshoes
for my winter adventures. I was going to apply for the Tubbs NRG Flex
snowshoes but I'm a big guy and didn't fit the weight restriction.
Because of my size the Atlas 11's are the only ones that will work for
me. With that said I think I would be excellent candidate for testing
because of the amount of snow, varied terrain and I can test the upper
weight limit with a fully loaded pack.
At a minimum I get out at least once a week for a day hike and I try
to get out for an overnighter at least once a month. It helps my sanity.
I will be evaluating the fit, bindings, performance/traction on flat
and steep terrain and their flotation on varied snow conditions.
Current Tests: (One to end very shortly, probably before this test
Therm-A-Rest Down Comforter - LTR stage (Due Nov 10th)
Tilly Audubon Hat - FR
Other Current applications:
Monitoring: Hennessy Hammock - Deep Jungle Hammock
All of my reports and reviews can be found at:
Thank you for considering me for this test.