Application: Teko hiking socks - Jennifer Pope
- Please accept my application to test the Teko regular or light hiking
socks. I have read version 1202 of the Survival Guide and agree to
abide by all the rules. My tester agreement is on file with Stephanie.
If pressed, I guess I'd prefer the light hiking socks in sky with
moon mist, then golden green, then black. I could really go for
either sock and any of the colors. I will need a size medium.
Thanks for considering my application, Jennifer Pope
Name: Jennifer Pope
Height: 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Shoe size: 8 (medium)
Email address: Jennifer dot Pope at gmail dot com
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Newbie. I've been a car-camper as long as I can remember and started
backpacking in Northern California when I was 16. I'm just getting
back into backpacking after a hiatus during college. I backpack in
Sierras as well as other National Forests closer to Los Angeles. I
also spend time in the California deserts and the mountains and coast
of Northern California. I'm a tent camper leaning towards lightweight;
but I am a fan of gadgets and I like being comfortable. I also do a
mix of short and long day hikes in and around Los Angeles.
During the late summer and fall I will be taking trips into the San
Bernardino and Angeles National Forests (other areas in Southern CA
aren't off limits either). These generally aren't planned far in
advance, but I'll likely be out a weekend each month. Temperatures on
all these trips should be fairly mild ranging from the 30s to 90 F (0
30 C). Weather should be fairly mild as well with an always looming
possibility of rain (which in turn leads to mud). Elevations range
from 4,000 to over 10,000 feet (1,200 3,000 m). Day hiking in and
around Los Angeles is always a given pretty much every weekend. The
terrain of the trails near Los Angeles is mainly rocky, chaparral
covered hills. The deserts in South-Eastern California are also a
frequent destination for the fall and winter months (as long as the
rain isn't as bad as last year). I also have a goal of taking one snow
trip this year, but that depends on me learning more about that and
getting up the guts to do it (I'm kind of a wimp in the cold). I will
be in Northern California (the real Northern California, like almost
to Mt. Shasta) for about a week in late December. While there I will
probably be heading out on several day hikes depending on what the
weather is like. Regardless of that, I will be experiencing some
These socks would accompany me on all my backpacking, camping, and
hiking adventures over the next four months. As mentioned above, I
like to get away camping or backpacking about a weekend per month with
2 nights per weekend. This would give me four nights out in the Field
Test period and four additional nights out in the Long Term Test period.
Obviously these socks also lend themselves to day hiking use as well
as more urban use. I try to get out for a day hike as much as
possible, usually every weekend when I'm not out camping or
backpacking. I generally don't travel all that many miles in a day; I
like to enjoy the scenery, take lots of breaks, and thems the breaks
when you're married to a budding photographer.
I've hiked in many different types of socks. My favorite were a pair
of lightweight hiking socks from REI, but one of them recently went
missing so I've had to retire them. I recently purchased a pair of
Smartwool hiking socks. I like them so far, but they haven't gotten a
lot of use yet. I've also used regular wool heavy duty hiking socks
with I believe came from Target. I usually wear these socks with a
liner because I don't really like the feel of wool against my feel,
especially wet wool after sweat or water enter into the picture.
For Initial Report
-Weight of socks.
-General description of the fit and feel of the socks with and without
a liner. Is the material soft, stretchy, itchy, etc? Is there extra
room in the toe? Is the material thick or thin?
-What are the washing and care instructions? (these are on the
website, but I'll restate them)
-Are there any loose threads? Do they appear to be well-constructed?
-How well do the socks fit in all my shoes? (Trail runners, hiking
For Field and Long Term Reports
-How have the socks held up over time?
-How well do they hold up to washing? Does the material pile? Do any
seams become loose? Does the color fade?
-Do the socks get stinky after I get sweaty?
-Do the socks wick sweat and dry quickly?
-Can I wear the socks more than one day without them getting grubby or
-Do the socks dry quickly if they get wet in the stream crossings?
-Do the socks pack well into my backpack? Sometimes socks are big and
bulky, especially wool socks, are these? Can I shove them in without
worrying about them?
-How do the socks work while I'm doing physical activity? Do the
socks stay pulled up on my calves?
-Are the socks resistant to getting torn or snagged if I'm hiking in
cropped pant (which I hope happens) or shorts?
-Is the waist of the pant comfortable under my hip belt?
I am currently involved in five tests. The Adventure Medical first aid
kit test has just begun; the items haven't even shipped yet. Two
other tests are barely under way
(KINeSYS sunscreen and Spenco Day Hiker insoles) and will have
significant overlap with this test if I'm selected. The other two
tests (NGS TOPO! Expansion pack and Keen sandals) are in the long-
term testing phase and will end in November. I feel that I have
enough time to devote to this test as well as several more. I have
managed several tests at the same time already and always managed to
turn in my reports on time (usually early); even when deadlines were
falling right on top of each other. I do take deadlines seriously.
And in all honesty many of the items I'm testing are "little" items
and aren't as complicated as more complex items out there.
The ProBar test has recently been re-opened as well. As soon as I
receive those items I will have a two-month test for those.
I will be applying to more of the open test calls, but I have
currently applied for the LEDHedz head lamp, the Ground Repel Shell,
Ground Terra Jacket, the Moving Comfort micro panty, the Moving
Comfort Fiona sports bra, and the Moving Comfort crop kick back pant.
I think I could honestly handle all of the above tests if I were
lucky enough to be selected.
I think I'm almost to the top of the list
I'm also apart of the mentor program.
I have completed two test series so far and four Owner Reviews (one
more just submitted). My two completed test series are:
Heat Treat Warmers http://tinyurl.com/c7o27
ProBar Energy Bars (recently re-opened) http://tinyurl.com/asalv
All my reviews can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/8lcfc
Thanks for the opportunity to apply for this test.