Application to test the Selk'bag Patagon
According to their sizing selection guide I would need an XL. It would be tall for me but I would be afraid the L would not work, plus the XL should give me a chance to wear more under the bag if needed. BTW, I wish they offered it in green so I could pretend to be Gumby, but I guess the black will do...
Applicant: Coy Starnes
Weight 250 lb. (113
Height 6 ft. (1.83 m.)
E-Mail: starnescr@... (starnescr at yahoo dot com)
Location: Northeast Alabama (Grant)
I have read the latest version (v. 0609) of the Survival Guide,especially chapters 4, 5, and 6 and I agree to abide by all rules and requirements set forth. My signed Tester Agreement is on file with BGT. I will meet the
minimum nights required (5).
am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy hiking, backpacking, hunting,
canoeing, caving, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. I live
in northeast Alabama where I do most of my backpacking and hiking. I
hike solo and with friends and family. I go hiking throughout the year
but sometimes wimp out of actually backpacking in midsummer when the
heat and humidity make the trail miserable.
style is slow and steady. My shelter of choice is a hammock and I
usually cook with an alcohol stove. I have made great strides in
becoming a lightweight backpacker but I still choose gear with an eye
towards comfort and durability. My pack weight is around 25 lb (11 kg)
for most summer 2
and 3 day trips. However, in the winter my pack weight climbs
considerably, not only in weight but in bulk as well.
Hello Mike, I would be happy to help
BGT test this sleeping bag. Right now is my favorite time to backpack so the timing of thes test is great! The only reason I did not apply the second I
saw the test call is I have been super busy, a guy a work has been sick
and I worked 2 of his 24 hr shifts along with my 2 24 hr shifts last
week. Anyways, what really intrigues me about the Selk bag line in
general is the ability to wear it before going to bed. This could be
really handy on chilly evenings when darkthitrty comes early but I dont
want to go to bed right then. Of course as a bonafide hammock user I am
always looking for sleeping systems that allow me to get into my
sleeping bag without a lot of struggle. Anyone who has ever struggled
to get into a mummy bag while laying in a hammock knows what I'm talking about.
One thing I think I will like about the new and improved Patagon system is that the booties are removable. This might be important
if camping in an area that has lots of debris on the ground, especially
sharp poky stuff. I could easily wear another shoe until ready to turn
in and not risk damaging the booties.
I will test the bag for
the normal stuff like packability, warmth, durability, zipper operation
etc but with this design I will also report on how it performs outside
my hammock. Can I cook with a stove with it on? I'm sure I would need
to be a little more careful to keep the sleeve/hand part of the bag
well away from any flame and any part of the bag away form any campfire
sparks. So, how well does it work for just general lazing around camp?
Of course possibly the most important question might be, how easy is it
to go to the "john" while wearing this. Is there a zipper in front for
kidney relief...and what about the dreaded # 2... I will be as PC as
possible but would report on this important aspect.
Interestingly, this bag uses the European rating
system and has an extreme rating of 9 F but a comfort rating of 44 F.
That seems like a big swing in temperatures. I would be interested in
seeing just how cold I can take the bag but I doubt I would spend the
whole night cold once I get below my comfort threshold. I know every
individual is different so this would be more for my personal use but
would report those finding.
Proposed Test Locations and ConditionsI
usually hike in the southeast (Al, Tenn, Ga and NC). These trails are
usually never flat and seldom dry and are often slick when wet. Rocks
and roots are everywhere. I hike in all seasons and have done an
overnighter in temperatures as cold as 11 F. Not going to say it was my
favorite hike but it was on of my most memorable. Test Load: 1
Carhartt Henley Tee: LTR due Nov 19th 2013
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My test status page is here
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