FR - JakPak - Brett Haydin
Good grief. Sorry I am late with the report. I was busy moving, and then I
couldn't find the camera, and then I just became too stubborn to ask for an
extension. Should have planned better. Anyway, for your editing pleasure is
this surprising gem of an item. You can view the html at
http://tinyurl.com/639nxau. The Text version is below.
Have a very safe weekend everyone.
FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
For the past two months I have taken the JakPak on three trips; 1
backpacking trip and two car camping trips. The first weekend trip was to
Missouri Mountain in the San Isabel National Forest for a gathering of
hikers. While we car camped, we also hiked a lot, including a 12 mi (19 km)
out and back to the 14,067 ft (4,288 m) peak. Temperatures were pretty mild
for the season with daytime temperatures around 50 F (10 C) and sunshine all
My next trip was a three day trip to the Goblin Valley State Park area in
Utah. While the temperatures were warm and the sun was plentiful, the wind
was incredibly outrageous. We ended up hiking in some slot canyons to try
and escape the wind, which was successful, but relaxing at our campsite it
was again miserable when we were exposed. There was no precipitation either.
My final trip was an overnight to the San Juan National Forest in Colorado
to hike Redcloud and Sunshine Peaks. I encountered snow a little earlier
along the route than I expected but managed to find a good spot to camp in
the trees. Temperatures were from 35 to 50 F (2 to 10 C) and clear skies.
Other than the hike in, I was on snow for much of the 12 mi (19 km) hike.
I also took 3 day hikes in the San Isabel National Forest. One hike was in a
bit of a snowstorm and I took along some basic winter gear to see how the
JakPak would do in snow. The other trips were in weather similar to my other
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
I am actually quite impressed with the JakPak so far! What I learned quickly
is that the option to detach the tent and sleeping bag portions makes a lot
of sense. The conditions in central Colorado have remained exceptionally dry
so I have not needed to wear the rain jacket much at all. I did wear it in a
snow storm and it immediately made a difference. It shed the snow easily and
remained reasonably breathable. Wearing the JakPak with the components under
a backpack is a weird feeling, but if I needed to because of space, it
didn't feel especially uncomfortable. Granted, this was a short, 3 mi (5 km)
hike, but enough to get a good feeling.
I had spoken to the manufacturer prior to receiving the JakPak and they
indicated that it would not necessarily need an insulated sleeping bag in
moderate temperatures if I were to wear layered, insulated clothing. Having
spent at least one night in near freezing temperatures of 35 F (2 C), I was
glad to have had a down jacket and thick fleece pants. I actually slept
pretty well, although it was a bit chilly. To keep my hands warm, I wore
winter gloves and shoved them in the pit zips close to my chest and that
really helped. It was a bit colder than I thought it would be where I was,
but certainly manageable! For the record, I do sleep hot.
While camping in Moab, UT, I experienced intense winds with lots of dust
flying through the air. I had my head into the wind and slept great.
Meanwhile, my family and friends in tents really struggled with their
rainflies flapping in the wind. It was kind of nice! On a cool afternoon, I
took a nap in the JakPak, as the image to the left shows.
While the JakPak runs large in the sizing, it really hasn't been an issue
for me. Monsoon season is starting here so my perceptions may change in
time. My chief complaint is that the sleeves are short in comparison. A
little extra length would make sleeping a little easier as well as reaching
when the JakPak is on. The pockets are large, but I haven't really found a
good use for them yet. They are conveniently located, but as I mentioned
before I have not had any rain to speak of to put it through a wet test.
Finally, I have significantly cut down my weight and bulk in backpacking
with this pack. I was able to get everything I needed with room to spare in
a 30 L (1,830 cu in) pack for one overnight trip. One drawback is that there
is no vestibule to cook under in foul weather. Luckily I haven't had to
worry about this, but I may pack in a lightweight tarp just in case I need
Things I like
* Cuts down the weight and bulk of packing a tent and sleeping bag
* Surprisingly warm and windproof
* Fabric is breathable, but somewhat less than other jackets I have
Things I don't
* Sleeves are short relative to size of jacket
This concludes my field report for the JakPak. Please check back in about
two months to see how it is holding up after more use! I would also like to
take the opportunity to thank JakPak for their generosity as well as the
fine folks at BackpackGearTest.org <http://www.backpackgeartest.org> for
allowing me to be a part of this test series.
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- Hi Brett,
No worries. I probably wouldn't have been able to get to your edit had you posted earlier anyway. Just a couple of things. Edits, comments or suggestions are listed below marked with ## below a snip of your words.
The first weekend trip was to Missouri Mountain in the San Isabel National Forest for a gathering of hikers.
##Suggestion would you please consider including the state where this NF is located. I have no idea where it is and I find that info interesting.
##Suggestion I'm curious how roomy the Jakpak is when you were sleeping in it with your winter jacket and fleece pants. Would you consider adding something in the report to tell us? Unless you have planned to include that in the LTR that is.
(ugh) In the numerous emails I received I missed this one. Thanks BridGet
for the reminder!!! I added a paragraph about the comfort of sleeping in
clothing and realized I forgot to mention with a sleeping bag! Anyway, all
is uploaded and taken care of. Sorry about the delays!
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Jamie D.
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 8:41 PM
Subject: [backpackgeartesters] EDIT: FR - JakPak - Brett Haydin
No worries. I probably wouldn't have been able to get to your edit had you
posted earlier anyway. Just a couple of things. Edits, comments or
suggestions are listed below marked with ## below a snip of your words.
Monitor - Jakpak
The first weekend trip was to Missouri Mountain in the San Isabel National
Forest for a gathering of hikers.
##Suggestion - would you please consider including the state where this NF
is located. I have no idea where it is and I find that info interesting.
##Suggestion - I'm curious how roomy the Jakpak is when you were sleeping in
it with your winter jacket and fleece pants. Would you consider adding
something in the report to tell us? Unless you have planned to include that
in the LTR that is.
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