1. Disclaimer: I have read the BackpackGearTest.org bylaws v. 0609 in
their entirety and my signed compliance statement is on file.
2. Bio: Resident of Tucson, AZ. 6' 4", 225 lbs, age 60, gender=male,
e-mail: kwpapke(at)gmail(dot)com. I do a variety of canyon, mountain
and desert hiking, mostly in southern Arizona.
3. Test plan: winter is coming even to Arizona, and soon nights will
be very cold in the mountains. I have several half-zip fleece tops
that are my go-to insulation this time of year, but I'd love to switch
to wool for its antibacterial properties and overall warmth. In
addition to functioning as my insulation layer, I'll also use it as a
pillow inside the Nemo bag pocket.
Trips: it is rare for me to plan out more than a week or two in
advance, but I get out a fair amount due to my proximity to excellent
hiking. This base layer will certainly make several overnights into
the Catalina mountains, and I'd like to do a few late Fall overnights
in the Huachucas where it gets really quite cold even this time of
Test challenges: we have a pretty dry climate here, so probably not
much wet weather testing. I do however generate massive quantities of
heat and sweat profusely, so I'll really be looking to see what kinds
of conditions and hiking I can wear this base layer during the day.
It appears that there are minimal seams in the shoulders, so I'll be
looking for comfort beneath my pack. At night I'll be looking for
overall warmth in camp, especially when warn underneath a wind shirt.
This garment has thumb loops which I like, but their utility will
depend on sleeve length as I have a long torso and arms.
4. Current load=3, Nemobag(Nov), Optic Nerver (Nov) and Bushnell
(January). By the time this test starts FR, I should be down to one
Link to Test Status Page: http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1789.htm
5. Link to Previous Test Reports:
7. LOL=manager, monitor, no OR's in last 12 months
Thank you Brett for managing this test and considering my application.
I am excited to test this garment!