Application: Ground eVent Repel Shell: Heather
- I would kill for a good rain shell. If not, I'll just have to go to
REI then. :)
Application to Test Ground Repel Shell
August 31, 2005
Please accept my application to test Ground eVent Repel Shell. I
have read the Survival guide 1202 and in particular chapter 5 and
agree to follow all guidelines within. I have sent Shane my tester
agreement (reprocessed 3/3/05) and will abide by all rules therein.
If chosen for this test I would like to try the shell in a size
large, and with the lightest colors possible such as the
Name: Heather Oakes Palmer
Height: 5'5" (1.68 m)
Weight: 140 lbs (64 kg)
Email address: alekto-at-yahoo.com
City, State, Country: Atlanta, GA, United States
Backpacking Background: I consider myself an intermediate hiker and
beginning backpacker for over five years; my longest backpacking
trip being only three nights. Day hiking and weekend backpacking
comprise most of my weekend warrior experience averaging one
backpacking trip per month and two day hikes per month averaging
between 10-15 miles (16.1- 24.2 km) per day. I tend to backpack in
warm, humid climates, with a good amount of hiking in the southern
Appalachian Mountains and I have rarely hiked in below freezing or
snowy conditions yet. I am a lightweight backpacker and buy my gear
If chosen, I could test the shell anytime it is raining in the city,
day hikes, car camping, and overnight backpacking trips in the
Georgia and North Carolina Mountains. I would use the jacket as an
outer layer in the fall and winter to keep me warm regardless of
precipitation. The average elevations I will be hiking in will range
from 2000 5500 ft (610-1676 m) and late summer/fall weather will
fluctuate wildly with temperatures from the 50's- high 90's F (10-
32 C) during the day, and maybe as low as 40 F (4 C) at night up in
the higher elevations. Winter weather can host ideal hypothermia
conditions as the temperatures can drop to the 20's F (-6 C), and I
could see rain, ice, and snow flurries in one day. Since there is no
dry season in Georgia I could test this rain shell at any time. In
October, I plan on taking a week long trip to Arizona where I will
both car-camp and backpack in various areas for 4 to 5 nights total.
The plans have not been finalized but some of the kinds of
environments we are looking at vary from riparian canyons, sub-
alpine forests, and two different types of desert. The altitudes
will range from 2600 9000+ ft (792-2743 m) with temperatures from
the 20's-90's F (-6 - 32 C). While it will likely not rain in
Arizona, I could run into ice or snow at higher elevations and will
be able to test the layering capabilities as the shell could be used
as an outer layer.
I currently use a Regatta brand light shell I bought in Scotland a
few years ago. It is very basic, having only a hood and sealed
seams. The hood is not very large or adjustable often sending water
running down my face into the shell. The lack of hood coverage also
causes my glasses to either need windshield wipers and/or be
constantly fogged up. It does not breathe, making it unbearable
during the summer and dangerous during the winter. It is also made
for men, fitting me too tightly around the hips with extra shoulder
room that bunches up under the straps of my pack.
In Georgia, it can rain every day regardless of the season. During
the summer, which lasts until October, it will probably rain every
day around 5pm when I am leaving work. During the fall and winter,
the rain starts becoming very cold and unpleasant before possibly
turning into ice or wimpy snow. Then we have the all-season mist of
the Appalachians, the mist that keeps me slightly damp even when not
raining. I was lucky last winter in that I only had a cold for a
week when my raingear did not keep me dry and I would very much like
to test this shell that looks just about perfect for me from the
- How well does it keep me dry?
- Will condensation accumulate on the inside of the shell?
- Will the hood extend far enough to keep my glasses fairly
dry so I can see?
- Will the hood and chin guard prevent water from dribbling
into the shell?
- Will the adjustable draw cord on the bottom and the Velcro
around the hands keep water out?
- When the weather I hike in can change in five feet, I'd like
to test how fast this shell dries.
- Is it breathable?
- Does it feel too heavy and hot?
- Does it help me feel warm as an outer layer?
- Is it wind resistant as well?
- Are the vents helpful in keeping me dry and cool or dry and
- Is this shell really cut for a woman? Will there be more
room in the front of the chest area, and over the hips?
- Will there be room enough for layers underneath? How many
layers can I use, as I plan to test with up to three more
Ease of Use:
- Do I need a manual to figure out how to put it on?
- I am especially interested in the hood, how easy is it to
- How easy will it be to get my hands in and out of the
pockets and core vents?
- How easy is it to adjust the vents?
- The "Go with" system is very interesting, how easy will that
be to use?
- How heavy is it?
- How well does it pack down?
- How well does the "Go With" system integrate into my current
- How well would it integrate with a day pack, or work on its
- How strong are the seams? Are they sealed well?
- Will the zippers get stuck or rusty in the rain?
- Will the seams attaching the hood show signs of stress or
break after several adjustments?
- Will the area around the wrists show strain or damage from
rolling up, or removing the shell?
- Will the bottom hem draw cord get stuck, bunched up,
- What are the washing instructions? Can I put it in a machine
or will it be washed by hand? Will washing cause strain on
the seams or seals?
- How strong is the "Go With" system, will the strap and
pocket show signs of damage from repeated adjustment?
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Advanced Insect Repellant
Completed Tests: Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin' Cookbook,
Outdoor Research Celestial Gaiters
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Montrail Hurricane Ridge XCR