APPLICATION - Columbia Peak 2 Peak - Brett Haydin
- 1. Please accept my application to test the Columbia Peak 2 Peak Jacket. I have read the BGT By-Laws (v.0609) including Chapters 4 and 5 and will comply with all of the reporting terms and requirements. My signed tester agreement is on file. I will have no difficulty meeting the minimum expected use requirements and plan to use the jacket more than the required time.
Name: Brett Haydin
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88.50 kg)
Email: bhaydin AT hotmail DOT com
Location: Salida, Colorado USA
Backpacking Background: I started backpacking in Wisconsin as a youth, being involved in the Boy Scouts programs. As a young adult, I worked at a summer camp leading backpacking, canoeing and mountain biking trips. I now generally take short weekend or day trips in rough, mountainous terrain, although I have extensive experience in the upper Midwest as well. I take one or two longer trips each year, where I typically carry about 40 lb (18 kg). I prefer to be prepared and comfortable, but I have taken lightweight trips as well.
3. Test Plan
Over the next four months (March to June) I have several backpacking trips planned including trips to the Black Gunnison and Rocky Mountain National Parks. I�ll likely see a mix of conditions from snow and below freezing temperatures to rain and warm temps; it is transitioning from winter to spring to summer after all. A number of planned trips will include trips above tree line and over 14,000 ft (4,270 m). I currently use a 3-layer Gore-Tex jacket on many of my trips so I am interested if other fabrics are lighter than my current jacket. I will comment on the jacket�s ability to keep me dry as well as breathability. I am also curious to see how the pockets work with the Invizzip system. How easy are the zippers to operate with gloves as well?
4. Current Tests and Stage (3):
- Sunday Afternoons Eclipse Cap (LTR due 4/5/11)
- Wenger Xpedition Mid Boots (LTR due 4/19/11)
-Bridgford Sandwiches (LTR due 5/23/11)
Test Status page: http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1823.htm
5. Owner reviews in past year: 1
6. Other Applications Pending (0):
7. Monitor Duties: (1)
- Princeton Tec Byte Headlamp
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- Application to test the Columbia Peak 2 Peak Men's Jacket
For Chad Poindexter
March 7th, 2011
Please accept my application to test the Columbia Peak 2 Peak Men's
Jacket. I have read, and agree to, the BackpackGearTest.org bylaws
v.0609 that are laid out in Chapter 5, as well as the Survival Guide and
other corresponding text. My tester agreement is on file.
Name: Chad Poindexter
Email address: stick1377 (AT) gmail (DOT) com
I love backpacking! However, with only 1 ½ years under my belt thus
far, I would still consider myself a little green to it all, so to
say Initially I started out with heavy gear, but since have gone
lighter, although I still use a little of it all. I have gone from tent
to tarp, canister stove to alcohol stove, sleeping bag to quilt and
quite happily from synthetic to down. All of my hiking so far has been
in the South Eastern region of the United States, and up to this point
has been with friends or family.
All of my hiking is done at local state parks in the Southeast US as
well as throughout the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, also in the
Southeast US. And now that spring is in the air we will definitely have
our share of spring showers, and with the quickly rising temps, there
will surely be high humidities. I will be on maintained trails during
all of my hikes, although some of the trails are not all that well
maintained... I will be on trips that range from day hikes to trips
lasting up to 3 days at a time.
If chosen for this test my first goal will be to test its ability to
shed water. Immediately after this I will be paying close attention to
the jackets ability to breathe, or ventilate. Of course by doing this I
will pay attention to how well and easily the features of the jacket
work, specifically the pit zips in order to properly ventilate.
Of course fit is an important feature. We will still have chilly
mornings that will turn to warm afternoons, so I will pay close
attention to how well the jacket fits/feels while layered over a
midlayer, and then simply over a baselayer. I will report on how the
jacket feels while wearing next to skin as this is important to me. I
will also report on how well the articulated elbows actually work, and
allow a wide range of unrestricted movement.
And of course I will report on how the jacket does under a pack. Am I
able to use the pockets or will the hip belts on my pack cover them up?
Can I still move around freely while wearing the jacket under a pack?
And of course, how does the jacket hold up under the weight of a pack...
I am not currently testing any items.
My Tester Statistics Page is here:
Testser Stats Page <http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1873.htm>
I have completed 19 Owner Reviews and 5 test series in the last year.
They can be found here:
Review Page <http://www.backpackgeartest.org/tester_reviews/Stick13>
Other test series applied for:
If chosen for this test series I would require a size Large, and if
given the choice would like the color Red Hot.
I am excited to have the opportunity to apply for the Columbia Peak 2
Peak jacket test series and hope that I will be chosen to participate in
this test. I would like to thank Columbia and Backpackgeartest.org for
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