Please accept my application to test the High Sierra Summit 45 pack. I have read and agree to comply with all aspects of the BackpackGearTest.org Bylaws v. 0609, especially Chapters 4, 5, and 6. My tester agreement is on file.
Name: Michael Wheiler
Height: 5 ft 10 in (152 cm)
Weight: 180 lbs (82 kg)
Torso Length: 19 3/4 in (50 cm)
Chest Size: 43 in (109 cm)
Waist Size: 36 in (91 cm)
Email: jmwlaw at ida dot net
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Backpacking Style: Mid-weight but trying to lighten my pack weight every year. It is hard to give up the comforts but my body is complaining more these days. I generally carry 30 to 50 pounds (14-23 kg) depending on the length of the trip, the time of year, the experience of my fellow travelers, and whether I am carrying climbing gear.
Anticipated Test Locations
I live in Southeastern Idaho and have access to some of the best hiking, backpacking and climbing around. In addition to my normal monthly outings, I will be doing an overnight backpack trip into the Lost River Range near Leadore, Idaho to climb Bell Mountain in June. I will also be spending a week in late June at Treasure Mountain Scout Camp near Alpine, Wyoming (within view of the Teton Range) at National Youth Leadership Training. I drew a permit to climb Mt. Whitney near Lone Pine, California in early July (2 days) and will be backpacking with my Venture Scouts into Alaska Basin with the intention of climbing the South Teton in Wyoming later that same month (3-4 days). I am also planning a backpacking trip into the Sawtooth Range in Idaho with my brother and his sons in August (2-3 days).
I must say, I am a bit surprised at the lack of applications for this pack. I tested the High Sierra Sentinel 65 and really liked the pack. Like the larger version, it appears that the Summit 45 has quite a few nice features. Generally, I try to limit the number of products I am testing at anyone time to two (2) so as to give myself plenty of time to adequately test the products and draft good reports. Since I have already been selected to test two other products, I would prefer to concentrate on those two test series. However, if there are simply not enough applications to test the Summit without my application, I would be willing to try and work around doing three tests at the same time. I certainly do not want to see us "take a break" to "let everyone regroup" and would encourage others to get an application in for this fine looking pack.
During the test period, I will be doing some general backpacking and some combined backpacking and mountain climbing treks. If selected, I plan to test all of the features of the High Sierra Summit 45. I am a little concerned about the fit of the pack as, according to the web site, it is designed for a torso of up to 19 inches (48 cm) and my torso is a bit longer than that. The rest of the dimensions on the pack appear to work with my body. I will of course report on how well the pack fits and can be adjusted to my particular body. I am also interested in (1) whether the pack can carry my normal summer gear with comfort; (2) how easy it is to adjust the pack on the go; and (3) how accessible gear is both inside and outside of the pack. I am familiar with the Airflow product used by High Sierra and, in my previous testing of the Sentinel, found it to be a nice addition to the pack.
My previous reports can be found at: http://www.backpackgeartest.org/tester_reviews/jmwlaw
I am not currently testing any items but I have been selected to test the Montrail Feather Peak GTX boots and the Patagonia Simple Guide Jacket. I have no other applications to test products pending.
I am also a Test Monitor.
Thank you for considering me to test the High Sierra Summit 45 pack.
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