Application - Helly Flow Jacket - Ed Morse
- Kurt, please accept my application to test the Helly Flow Jacket .
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 notified that my tester agreement is on file.
Name: Edwin Morse
Height: 5' 8" (173 cm)
Weight: 145 lb (65 kg)
Email address: ed dot morse at charter dot net
County, State, Country: Grand Traverse, Michigan, U.S.
Date: March 19, 2013
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 then I
have made one- and two-week trips in Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire and
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida. Now my pack varies between
22 and 32 lb (10 and 15 kg), including food and water. I'm slowly learning
what lighter gear works for me. I do NOT intentionally backpack when there
is the ground is snow covered.
Test Plan: When our snow is mostly gone (sometime between next week and mid
April) I will start with two overnight hikes to evaluate all my clothes and
equipment. My overnight hikes are often planned the night before I go. I
have three longer hikes in various stages of planning. In early May I plan a
two night hike of about 30 miles, half of which will be off trail
bushwhacking. In early June I plan to hike about 100 miles of the North
Country trail in the Manistee National Forest. In July I have nearly
completed plans for about 10 days on Isle Royale. The remainder of my
backpacking this summer will all be on the North Country Trail. In August
I'm debating between hiking from the south of the village of Mesick,
Michigan to north of the village of Kalkaska or the North Country trail from
Lake Michigan to Lake Superior across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If
selected I would carry (or wear) the Flow jacket on all hiking and
backpacking this summer.
Spring, summer or fall I always assume that it will soon be cold and rainy
in the Great Lakes area. I have had morning frost on my tent during several
mid-summer hikes. I always carry a warm jacket as well as rain gear when
There are a few specific features for which I will be looking. Are there any
pockets or are the four front zippers just for ventilation? In the picture
it appears that there are two zipped hand-warmer pockets. Will the open mesh
and front zippers provide real ventilation when hiking? What does the Flow
jacket weigh? Is it light enough (and warm enough) to replace the down
jacket I always pack now? I would prefer to carry a fleece jacket that would
still be warm when wet but the fleece jackets I are heavier and bulkier than
down. The big test is if the Flow jacket is light weight enough and
comfortable enough that I will continue to use it for backpacking after the
test is complete.
I have two applications pending - the Mountainsmith Red Rock 25 day pack and
the Odin Fastpack jacket. If it came to a choice between the Odin and Flow
jackets I would prefer the Flow jacket.
I have no tests in progress.
I have done two Owner Reviews in the last year.
Older tests and reviews I have written may be found at the following
or, since I had to change my ID and password early last year the latest are
I have no roles other than testing.
Thank you for considering this application and thanks to Helly Hansen for
providing this jacket for evaluation and testing.
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