Application to Test Women's Ground Terra Jacket
August 31, 2005
Please accept my application to test Ground Terra Fleece Jacket. 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 fleece in a size
medium, 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 fleece during daily city travel, day
hikes, car camping, and overnight backpacking trips primarily in the
Georgia and North Carolina Mountains. I would use the jacket as an
outer layer in the late summer at night, and during fall and winter
both day and night. The average elevations I will be hiking in 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)
overnight, and I could see rain, ice, and snow flurries in one day.
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). I could run into ice or snow at higher
elevations and will be able to test this jacket in those conditions.
Not having experience in real snow or very cold conditions, my
cool/cold weather layering system consists of up to four total
layers beginning with a tank/sports bra, a short-sleeved or long-
sleeved lightweight moisture wicking shirt, a Marmot DriClime
windshirt, and finally a light rain shell on top if it is raining or
really cold. All of these layers are lightweight making every one of
them count. I also rely on hat, gloves, rain pants, and gaiters for
added warmth if needed. I am always looking for multi-use items and
judging by the cut and colors of this fleece, I could wear this for
city use during the fall nights and winter season and satisfy my
need to not wear a scary green thing like my Marmot DriClime.
- How well does it keep me dry?
- When the weather I hike in can change in five feet, I'd like
to test how fast this jacket dries out.
- Is it breathable?
- How stretchy is it? Especially in the underarm, neck, and
- Does it help me feel warm as an outer layer in cool weather
and an inner layer in colder weather?
- Is it wind resistant as well?
- How does the fleece feel against my skin?
- Since I often use extra layers as a pillow, will the fabric
feel itchy or irritate my face?
- Is this jacket 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
- Will the sleeves be long enough or too long? Will they roll
- How far will the fleece cover my torso and rear?
- Will the collar be too high or too low?
- How will the fleece fit when wearing day packs or large
backpacks? Will it ride up over the hip belt or get stuck
Ease of Use:
- Do I need a manual to figure out how to put it on?
- Will the zipper be easy to use with one hand?
- How big is the pocket and how easily accessible? How
accessible when wearing a pack?
- How heavy is it?
- How well does it pack down?
- How strong are the seams?
- Will the zipper get stuck or rusty in the rain or cold?
- Will the area around the wrists show strain or damage from
rolling up, or removing the fleece?
- 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?
- Will the colors run or fade in the wash?
- How easy will the fabric pull or pill after washings or
close encounters with brush?
Currently Testing: Teva Steep XCR Trail Runners, Spectrum Brands
Advanced Insect Repellant
Completed Tests: Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin' Cookbook,
Outdoor Research Celestial Gaiters
Owner Reviews: Marmot DriClime Windshirt, Ex Officio Bikini Briefs,
Montrail Hurricane Ridge XCR