Application to test: Gregory Contour pack - Ray Estrella
- Please accept my application to test the Gregory Contour pack. I have read the BackpackGearTest.org bylaws v. 0609 including, but not limited to, Chapter 5. I agree to comply with all requirements.
Name: Raymond Estrella
Height: 6' 3" (193 cm)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Email address: rayestrella@...
Date: June 20, 2013
I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, and in many of the western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round, and average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I have made a move to lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I am usually with my brother-in-law Dave.
While I have not tested many packs I have reviewed quite a lot so I know what to look for when evaluating and reporting on backpacks. While I will touch base on all the features of the Contour (of which there are an awful lot) I will focus on the fit, suspension and usability.
It rains a lot here so I will be putting that water-proof top to the test. At least until I dig out the included rain cover. ;-)
I know I can get some trips in locally and won a contest that is going to let me write my own schedule for a couple of weeks so I will do four 10's giving me some 3-day weekends. On those I can take the time to get to the center of the state at least to some better hiking.
Here is a link to my tester page.
I have no apps in at this time, nor do I have any tests going.
My involvement with BGT includes active duty as Mod, Editor, Mentor, and Test Monitor.
I have completed a lot of test series.
I have written over 190 Owner Reviews, two already this month.
My reports and reviews can be found at:
Thank you for your consideration of me for this test,