IR - Sea to Summit - TPU Map Case - Derek Hansen
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Sea to Summit -- TPU Guide Map Case
Test Series by Derek Hansen
Initial Report: 2 Jan 2012
Name Derek Hansen
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg)
City, State, Country Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
I am a lightweight backpacker with a typical weekend pack weight of 15 lb (7 kg) and a multi-day weight of 20 lb (9 kg), which includes food and water. Because I pack less than 20 lb (9 kg), I prefer lightweight trail-running shoes. I prefer backpacking with a hammock as part of my sleep system.
MANUFACTURER Sea to Summit
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE 2011, made in China
MANUFACTURER'S WEBSITE seatosummit.com
Lightweight, high performance design
Totally welded construction - no stitches
Individually tested - water and dust proof
Super strong Ziploc closure
Anchor points on corners for versatile attachment
Detachable neck strap
Flexible and crease resistant - can be folded to fit in a pocket
UV resistant for superior long lasting clarity
Abrasion resistant, high strength, PVC free, TPU material
Specifications WHAT THEY SAY WHAT I SAY
Weight (Medium) 2.7 oz (78 g) 2.5 oz (71 g)
Dimensions (Medium) 11.1 x 13.07 in (282 x 332 mm) 11.375 x 13.75 in (289 x 349.25 mm)
COLORS Black, clear plastic
SIZES Small, Medium, Large
WARRANTY Lifetime guarantee on all products against manufacturing and material defects. This warranty does not cover wear and tear.
2 Jan 2012
The Sea to Summit Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) map case is a large, flexible plastic waterproof case, designed for protecting a map, and other flat or less bulky items.
The top and bottom of the case is reinforced with a stronger nylon type material. The opening uses a Ziplock hook-and-loop fastener. On each corner on the reinforced areas there is a single hole punched for an accessory clip (e.g., carabiner) or strap to be attached (a total of four holes). A detachable neck strap was also included.
On the bottom edge, there are two tabs of hook-and-loop fastener, and corresponding tabs are on the top edge. When the case is folded in half, the top and bottom edges hold together.
I am testing the medium-sized map case. I took a regular USGS topographic and trimmed off the excess border and folded it down to fit. To get the maximum visible area, I had to fold the map down to a 11 x 10.5 in (28 x 27 cm) size to fit inside.
I think this case is great so far. I love the size because I can get a sizable section of the map and several miles of trail in the viewing area without too much trouble. The fact that this case can fold down and stay folded with the hook-and-loop fasteners is a plus because it means I can fit the case more easily while packing and hiking and still get a large view.
The Ziplock top seals easily and feels very durable. I don't have much use for the lanyard because I don't like hanging things from my neck and the extra cord just gets in the way. It isn't difficult to attach the cord, but I removed it after I tried it on.
PRO--Easy to open and close. Large, clear plastic with no printing to obscure contents.
CON--None so far.
I would like to thank Sea to Summit and BackpackGearTest.org for providing me with the opportunity to test this product.