Re: Lightweight -- it's all about versatility
Sorry about the typo in my final paragraph of the call...it *is* Jacks.
Jacks as in cards, I'm guessing -- so plural, not possessive.
Like "jacks or better to open" in poker.
On 9/1/05, André Corterier <andre.corterier@...> wrote:
> Really "Jack R Better" - or "Jack's R Better"?
Benton Harbor, Michigan USA
- JACKS R BETTER GEAR HAMMOCK APPLICATION
Please accept my application to test the Jacks `R' Better Jeff's Gear
Hammock and Pack Cover. If selected I would prefer the larger size,
as my `stuff' takes up a fair bit of room (I'm not a small person).
I will be deciding on my color preference while waiting for the call
to close. I have read Chapter 5 of the BackpackGearTest Survival
Guide, version 1202, and will follow all requirements.
Name: Chuck Kime
Height: 5' 8" (172 cm)
Weight: 229 lb (104 kg)
Email address: ckime AT nelsononline DOT com
City, State, Country: Upper Darby (Philadelphia suburb),
Found at end of application.
Backpacking Background applicable to this test:
I recently began hammocking (I bought a Hennessy Expedition Asym, and
have applied for the Crazy Creek LEX), and have discovered a need for
a place to keep my `stuff'. I also have a large pack (Z-Pack)
currently in need of a cover.
Our Boy Scout troop camps monthly. Almost all of these outings
include a minimum of 2 nights of camping, with temperatures expected
to be from lows around 30 ºF (-1 ºC) to highs around 90 ºF (32 ºC)
during the 4-month test period. Elevations will range from sea level
to approximately 1,000' (305 m). Our new Scoutmaster has added
monthly hikes to our schedule as well, which may include up to 2
nights of camping. My fiancée and I, who between us have 3 First
Class boy scouts (ages 14, 14 and 15), are also looking into
additional camping without the scouts, and there are possibilities of
some AT section hikes in Pennsylvania with my son as he works towards
the Hiking Merit Badge.
Things I will be looking for:
· Ease/speed of set-up (as hammock). Can I set it up easily in
bad weather? When I'm tired? When it's dark out (I prefer to know
all of my gear by touch)? How long does it take?
· Ease/speed of set-up (as pack cover). Can I get it in place
easily? When it's dark out? How long does it take?
· Pack size/weight. Experience to date tells me that bulk is
more of a problem for me to pack than weight. I expect it to be
· Does it have everything I need for set-up? I see no mention
of anything besides tie-outs and a shock cord. Do I need separate
line(s) to hang it?
· Dimensions. Does it fit my pack? Readily? Does it fit my
· Durability. Are there any significant wear points,
especially over time? The spots where the pack contacts the cover
will be investigated, along with tie-out points, hems, etc.
· Waterproofness. Does it keep my pack dry?
Previously Written Reports:
Deuter Futura 32 Day Pack (September 30, 2003)
Tektite Trek (was Micra) Lithium Survival Light (October 17, 2003)
AntiGravityGear Mama's Kitchen Cook Set (January 6, 2004)
Aquamira Water Treatment (February 19, 2004)
Integral Designs Denali Pants (April 12, 2004)
Hot Chillys Bio-Silver Bi-Ply Top (April 14, 2004)
Snugpak Softie 3 Merlin Sleeping Bag (May 10, 2004)
Gregory Z Pack (June 11, 2004)
Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Packcloth Gaiters (July 20, 2004)
LEKI Pathfinder Jr. Trekking Poles (August 19, 2004)
Outdoor Research Sahara Sombrero (November 1, 2004)
Big Agnes Seedhouse 3 Tent (November 1, 2004)
Equinox Rainsuit (November 9, 2004)
Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad (December 8, 2004)
Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamp (January 13, 2005)
Clikstand Complete Cook Set (January 18, 2005)
Black Diamond Carbon Fiber FlickLock Trekking Poles (April 22, 2005)
Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo Tent (May 26, 2005)
AntiGravityGear Blue Cozy Cover(s) (August 22, 2005)
Tilley TH4 Hemp Hat (August 25, 2005)
Currently Testing Other Items:
Ibex Neck Gaiter (Long Term Report Posted 8/30)
Ibex Scull Cap (Long Term Report Posted 8/30)
Big Agnes Nugget Sleeping Bag (not started yet)
Adventure Medical Light & Fast First Aid Kit (not started yet)
Medium ALICE External Frame Pack (March 13, 2003)
Victorinox Climber Swiss Army Pocket Knife (March 14, 2003)
Leatherman PST Multi-tool (March 26, 2003)
All of my reports/reviews may be found here:
Tests Currently Monitoring:
Hennessey Super Shelter
IBEX Roaster Boxers/Briefs
JetBoil Pan Adapter
Tests Previously Monitored:
Exped Down Air Mattress (DAM)
"The Hiker's Guide to Preparing Home-Cooked Meals on the Trail" by
Ex Officio BUZZ OFF Convertible Pants
MSR OverLand Carbon Trekking Poles
I started car/trailer camping with the family when I was about 5. I
enlisted in the Army Reserve during my first year of college and
spent 17 years fine-tuning my packing methodology - by the time I
separated from the service, I was down to what I thought was a
respectable 75-80 lb (34-36 kg) load. When my son started Cub
Scouts, I brought my 60 lb (27 kg) ALICE pack for a weekend. We got
to Boy Scouts in the Spring of 2002 and now camp monthly in locations
ranging from the Chesapeake Bay area (flat and lightly wooded), to
the Pocono Mountains (flat spots hard to find and very wooded), and
in all seasons.
Lightweight (and ultra-lightweight) web sites, advancing age,
arthritic knees and a car accident, along with a day hike up Pikes
Peak in July 2003, have led me to seriously rethink my gear choices,
experiment with tarps and hammocks, make some of my own gear, and
take a closer look at my `toys' with an eye for multi-use and light
weight. Our troop has now added monthly hikes, taking along as many
scouts as are willing, to a) get in shape (yeah, yeah, I know round
IS a shape), and b) determine what I really need to take along. I am
relatively confident that I will be able to reduce my 3-season pack,
now under 30 lb (13.6 kg), to 20 lb (9 kg), before food, fuel and
water, by the time this season is over.
Thank you for your consideration,