Application: Zephyros Tent - Ed Morse
- Andrea, please accept my application to test the Backcountry Solutions Geek
Pocket. I would be very happy to test this accessory pocket.
I have read and agree to comply with the newly revised Backpackgeartest
bylaws, v. 0609. I will pay careful attention to Chapters 4, 5 and 6 and the
new test format. I have been trying to keep up with new procedures from
daily e-mails. I have been notified that my tester agreement is on file.
Name: Edwin Morse
Height: 5' 8" (173 cm)
Weight: 150 lb (65 kg)
Email address: ed dot morse at charter dot net
City, State, Country: Grawn, Michigan, U.S.
Date: April 30, 2012
I started backpacking in 1979 with two weeks in northern Michigan along the
shore of Lake Superior. My gear was cheap, heavy and painful. Starting pack
weight was just over 70 lb (32 Kg), with food but no water. Since the first
trip I have backpacked in Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire Pennsylvania,
Florida, Wisconsin and Minnesota. After several years I started slowly
reducing my pack weight. I keep trying new things to see what really works.
My pack now weighs from 28 to 35 pounds (13 to 16 kg) with food and water
starting as much as a week-long hike.
I will be backpacking at least one overnight and one weeklong hike each
month from April through October. All my backpacking this year will be in
northern lower Michigan, possibly also a week or two on Isle Royale. I have
one hike of about three days planned with two friends in mid-May. This is a
planned loop trail connecting three existing trails. Nearly half the
distance will be bushwhacking.
The next longer hike will be the 100 miles of the North Country Trail
maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club. This will be about a nine day
Before each longer hike I will be doing at least one overnight hike to
evaluate, and revise if necessary, the gear I plan to use.
The other multiday hike in planning is about a 70 mile (113 km) loop trail
in northeast Lower Michigan.
I Think this looks like a very interesting tent design. The fact that
flysheet and inner can be put up together would seem to be ideal for rainy
conditions. There are a few questions I would want answered. Is there enough
ventilation to avoid condensation? Can I get in and out of the tent during a
rain without the inside getting wet? My biggest question is about
durability. Will I need to seal the seams before use?
I have no other applications in at this time. I have recently completed two
I am presently testing the Eco Vessel filtration bottle. I am waiting for
delivery of the Cocoon Expedition liner and the Icebreaker Crewe.
Tests and reviews I have written may be found at the following location:
My test status page may be found at:
Thank you for considering this application and thanks to Terra Nova for
providing the Zephyros Tent for evaluation and testing.
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