Test Application - Snugpak Softie Crysalis Micro Sleeping Bag - Chuck Carnes
- Snugpak Softie Crysalis Micro Sleeping Bag Test
Please review and accept my application to test the
Snugpak Softie Crysalis Micro Sleeping Bag. I have
read the Survival guide 1202 and in particular chapter
5 and agree to follow all guidelines within.
Name: Chuck Carnes
Height: 60 (1.83 m)
Weight: 175 lbs. (79 kg)
Email address: ctcarnes1(at)yahoo(dot)com
City, State, Country: Greenville, S.C. United States
Date: September 1, 2005
I love the outdoors Ive spent time camping in the
outdoors since I was born, and have been actively
hiking and backpacking for the past ten years. I
consider myself a lightweight hiker, usually carrying
20 30 pounds (11-13 kg) for hikes up to a week in
length. I hike at an easy pace, averaging 2 mph (3
kph). I am a one man tent camper for now until
something I like better comes along. I like to carry a
single trekking pole when I hike to help relieve
stress to my legs and knees. I like to get out on the
trail as often as I can.
I plan to test the Snugpak Softie Crysalis Micro
Sleeping Bag at these locations and under these
Planned trips: I plan on hitting trails here at least
Conditions: The winter months in this area can be
pretty brutal; cold rain and snow.
Elevation: 5500 to 6500 ft (1676 to 1981 m)
Temperatures and precipitation average for this
September: HI (60 F / 15 C) LO (47 F / 8 C) 5 in (12
October: HI (53 F / 11 C) LO (38 F / 3 C) 5 in (12
November: HI (42 F / 5 C) LO (28 F / -2 C) 6 in (15
December: HI (37 F / 2 C) LO (21 F / -6 C) 7 in (17
January: HI (35 F / 1 C) LO (19 F / -7 C) 7 in (17
Planned trips: I plan to go on several spur of the
moment trips here. I would say at least 2 to 4 nights
per month so that would make 8 to 16 nights during the
test period. I will also be doing several day hikes in
Conditions: The temperatures dont get too bad until
November and December but coming off the summer months
the rain and humidity makes up for it in September and
Elevation: 4500 to 5500 ft (1372 to 1676 m)
Temperatures and precipitation average for this
September: HI (84 F / 29 C) LO (56 F / 13 C) 7 in
(17 cm) precipitation
October: HI (82 F / 28 C) LO (38 F / 3 C) 7 in (17
November: HI (78 F / 26 C) LO (27 F / -2 C) 5 in (12
December: HI (67 F / 19 C) LO (12 F / -11 C) 2 in (5
January: HI (72 F / 22 C) LO (14 F / -10 C) 1 in (2
Background for this test:
I currently use a Mountain Hardwear sleeping bag
during the cold winter months with temperatures
ranging in the mid 20 F (-6.66 C) to mid 30 (-1.10 C).
During the Fall and Spring months I do not have a
light weight bag to keep the cool breeze and a few
unexpected low temperatures from making me cold. I use
a fleece blanket and a fleece cover to go over my
sleeping pad. This has two faults, for one it has to
many gaps that cold air can seep in and two, its
heavy. This bag would be perfect for this situation
and it is light too.
If I am chosen for this test I will conduct a full
examination of weight, length and other statistics
that the web site claims. Other types of observations
would be made and noted.
Fabric and Loft:
How does the fabric feel inside if I tend to sweat?
Does it feel clammy?
Does the fabric stain very easy?
Is the fabric to slick to stay on a mattress pad?
If the bag is washable, will it hold up to numerous
wash and dry cycles? Will it lose its loft?
Does the outside repel water such as light rain,
dampness from a leaking tent, or even hot liquids?
My tent will sometimes condensate inside and begin
to drip moisture on my bag, will I feel this moisture
through the bag? Will it make the bag start to
If it becomes wet, how fast will it dry?
Length and Width:
How variable is the length system?
Will I fit in this variable?
Is it to long for most one and two person tents?
Will my feet reach the foot box for its intended
I sleep on my stomach with my elbows out and my
hands under my head, will I have room to do this in
this bag or will I have to change my sleeping
How well does the hood fit my head?
Are the draw cords easy to see and reach?
Will it compress smaller than manufactures
Will the loft be damaged if compressed to small?
How well does the baffle keep cold air from entering
I hope to answer most, if not all, of these questions
in my Field and Long Term Report. If I am chosen to
test the Snugpak Softie Crysalis Micro Sleeping Bag, I
will conduct a full examination of the shoes and all
of its features. I have assessed my current work load
as a tester and I am aware of the projected due dates
for this test and I feel that this test will not
hinder any of my upcoming reports. See below for
current phase of gear that I am testing. Three of the
five tests will be completed before this test begins.
Thank you Snugpak and BGT for the opportunity to be
considered for this test.
Gear that I am currently testing and their progress
Ultimate Direction Cohiba Backpack: Long Term Field
Testing (LTR due Sept. 13, 05)
Inka Pen: Initial Report Phase (IR posted for edts)
Petzel Tikka Headlamp: Not yet received
Currently Monitor for:
IBEX Outdoor Clothing Approach Tights
Tilley Endurables LTM6
A Wildly Successful 200-Mile Hike Book
Currently a Mentor for:
Titanium Goat Vertex 5 Tent
Princeton Tec EOS Headlamp
OR Motion Fleece Balaclava
OR Celestial Gaiters
Princeton Tec Scout Headlamp
Xikar 138 Excel Knife
OR Hydrolite Stuff Sack
Paxtons Sandle Saver
Big Agnes Hog Park Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes REM Hinman Sleeping Pad
Big Agnes Seedhouse 3 Tent
Macabi Skirt for Men
Frogg Toggs Pro Sport Suit
Shock Doctor Ultra 2 Footbeds
Thorlo Level 3 Hiking Socks
Owner Reviews Uploaded:
Gregory Lassen Backpack
Mountain Hardware Nickel Cigar Sleeping Bag
Coleman Camp Stool`
Moonstone Rain Jacket
Apple iPod 40 GB
2 Previously Written Reports:
OR Motion Fleece Balaclava:
OR Celestial Gaiters:
Other Reviews and Reports By Chuck Carnes:
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