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LTR- MontBell Trail Action Parka- Nancy Griffith

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  • Nancy Griffith
    Hi Jerry, I ve posted my LTR to the test folder.  Here is the link (and text) for your editing pleasure. Thanks much for taking a look and providing edits.
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 1, 2014
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      Hi Jerry,

      I've posted my LTR to the test folder.  Here is the link (and text) for your editing pleasure.

      Thanks much for taking a look and providing edits.

      Nancy



      LONG-TERM REPORT
          
      LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
       
      <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Mill Creek">>The temperatures rose in this period and so I had less opportunity to wear the MontBell parka but it still saw a bit of use.  In the long-term period I wore it on approximately 15 days including a four-day backpacking trip, two snowshoe hikes, two hikes, one pre-dawn run, two mountain bike rides and several softball games.
      Backpacking:
      Emigrant Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California: 4 days; 20 mi (32 km); 6,300 to 7,600 (1,920 to 2,316 m); 38 to 75 F (3 to 24 C) with cloudy to clear conditions; gusty breezes.
      Snowshoeing:
      Loon Lake, Sierra Nevada, California: 3 mi (5 km); 6,327 to 6,478 (1,928 to 1,974 m); 34 F (1 C) with cloudy conditions.
      Wentworth Springs, Sierra Nevada, California: 2 mi (3.2 km); 5,200 to 5,700 ft (1,585 to 1,737 m); 37 to 57 F (3 to 14 C); cloudy with some sleet.
      Hiking:
      Foothills of the Sierra Nevada (California): 3 mi (5 km); 743 to 1,262 ft (226 to 385 m); 60F (15 C).
       
      PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
       
      My experience was similar to the Field report period.  I continued to prefer wearing a shirt underneath which in this warmer period was usually a short-sleeved shirt.  And with the warmer temperatures I usually wore it without another jacket over top except for snowshoeing.  I was surprised at how much I love this jacket for backpacking.  The hood is fantastic for sleeping since it keeps my hair out of my eyes, keeps any draft from going down my neck and keeps my head warm.  I'm thinking of trading in my light down jacket for this jacket on my trips...and that's saying something since I LOVE my down jacket.  I also find that I don't really need my light gloves since I can pull down the sleeves over most of my hands on those cold mornings.
      Even the light color has worked out fine for backpacking.  Granted it gets a little dirtier than darker colors but the fabric isn't a dirt magnet and it comes clean in the laundry without fail.  The durability continues to be outstanding with no signs of wear over several washings.   It was probably washed six or seven additional times in this period.
       
      SUMMARY
       
      The MontBell Trail Action parka is a versatile softshell jacket that could be worn as an outer layer, as a mid-layer under a hardshell or as a base layer for really cold outings.  It is a completely different fabric and style than any jacket or fleece that I've ever owned.
      Likes:
      Soft fleece inside
      Women's cut
      Hood
      Extra-long sleeves
      Dislikes:
      Not a thing
      This concludes my Long-Term report and this test series.  Thanks to MontBell and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.
       
       
       
      This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
      Copyright 2014.  All rights reserved.
    • jerry adams
      couldn t really find anything to edit - nice report, nice parka   one thing is, you had a June 1 date for the LTR, and you said the FR was in the winter. 
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 2, 2014
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        couldn't really find anything to edit - nice report, nice parka
         
        one thing is, you had a June 1 date for the LTR, and you said the FR was in the winter.  Maybe you could add to the FR that the test was from February to March, and add to the LTR that it was from April to May (or whatever).  Although since you gave temperatures and other conditions it hardly matters...


        On Sunday, June 1, 2014 12:23 PM, "Nancy Griffith bkpkrgirl@... [backpackgeartesters]" <backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com> wrote:


         
        Hi Jerry,

        I've posted my LTR to the test folder.  Here is the link (and text) for your editing pleasure.

        Thanks much for taking a look and providing edits.

        Nancy



        LONG-TERM REPORT
            
        LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
         
        <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Mill Creek">>The temperatures rose in this period and so I had less opportunity to wear the MontBell parka but it still saw a bit of use.  In the long-term period I wore it on approximately 15 days including a four-day backpacking trip, two snowshoe hikes, two hikes, one pre-dawn run, two mountain bike rides and several softball games.
        Backpacking:
        Emigrant Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California: 4 days; 20 mi (32 km); 6,300 to 7,600 (1,920 to 2,316 m); 38 to 75 F (3 to 24 C) with cloudy to clear conditions; gusty breezes.
        Snowshoeing:
        Loon Lake, Sierra Nevada, California: 3 mi (5 km); 6,327 to 6,478 (1,928 to 1,974 m); 34 F (1 C) with cloudy conditions.
        Wentworth Springs, Sierra Nevada, California: 2 mi (3.2 km); 5,200 to 5,700 ft (1,585 to 1,737 m); 37 to 57 F (3 to 14 C); cloudy with some sleet.
        Hiking:
        Foothills of the Sierra Nevada (California): 3 mi (5 km); 743 to 1,262 ft (226 to 385 m); 60F (15 C).
         
        PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
         
        My experience was similar to the Field report period.  I continued to prefer wearing a shirt underneath which in this warmer period was usually a short-sleeved shirt.  And with the warmer temperatures I usually wore it without another jacket over top except for snowshoeing.  I was surprised at how much I love this jacket for backpacking.  The hood is fantastic for sleeping since it keeps my hair out of my eyes, keeps any draft from going down my neck and keeps my head warm.  I'm thinking of trading in my light down jacket for this jacket on my trips...and that's saying something since I LOVE my down jacket.  I also find that I don't really need my light gloves since I can pull down the sleeves over most of my hands on those cold mornings.
        Even the light color has worked out fine for backpacking.  Granted it gets a little dirtier than darker colors but the fabric isn't a dirt magnet and it comes clean in the laundry without fail.  The durability continues to be outstanding with no signs of wear over several washings.   It was probably washed six or seven additional times in this period.
         
        SUMMARY
         
        The MontBell Trail Action parka is a versatile softshell jacket that could be worn as an outer layer, as a mid-layer under a hardshell or as a base layer for really cold outings.  It is a completely different fabric and style than any jacket or fleece that I've ever owned.
        Likes:
        Soft fleece inside
        Women's cut
        Hood
        Extra-long sleeves
        Dislikes:
        Not a thing
        This concludes my Long-Term report and this test series.  Thanks to MontBell and BackpackGearTest.org for allowing me to participate in this test.
         
         
         
        This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
        Copyright 2014.  All rights reserved.


      • Nancy Griffith
        Thanks Jerry. I made the addition of the time periods (months) and uploaded...and deleted the test file. See you again on another test. Nancy ... On Mon,
        Message 3 of 3 , Jun 8, 2014
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          Thanks Jerry. I made the addition of the time periods (months) and uploaded...and deleted the test file.

          See you again on another test.

          Nancy

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          On Mon, 6/2/14, jerry adams jerryaadams@... [backpackgeartesters] <backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

          Subject: [backpackgeartesters] Edit - LTR- MontBell Trail Action Parka- Nancy Griffith
          To: "backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com" <backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com>
          Date: Monday, June 2, 2014, 2:47 PM


           









          couldn't really find
          anything to edit - nice report, nice
          parka one thing is, you had a June 1
          date for the LTR, and you said the FR was in the winter. 
          Maybe you could add to the FR that the test was from
          February to March, and add to the LTR that it was from April
          to May (or whatever).  Although since you gave temperatures
          and other conditions it hardly matters...

          On Sunday,
          June 1, 2014 12:23 PM, "Nancy Griffith
          bkpkrgirl@... [backpackgeartesters]"
          <backpackgeartesters@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



           









          Hi Jerry,
          I've posted my LTR to the test
          folder.  Here is the link (and text) for your editing
          pleasure.
          Thanks much
          for taking a look and providing edits.
          Nancy
          http://tinyurl.com/ocha24d

          LONG-TERM REPORT
              
          LONG-TERM TEST
          LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
           
          <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Mill
          Creek">>The temperatures rose in this period and
          so I had less opportunity to wear
          the MontBell parka but it still saw a bit of use.  In the
          long-term period I wore it on approximately 15 days
          including a four-day backpacking trip, two snowshoe hikes,
          two hikes, one
          pre-dawn run, two mountain bike rides and several softball
          games.Backpacking:
          Emigrant
          Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California: 4 days; 20 mi (32
          km); 6,300 to 7,600 (1,920 to 2,316 m); 38 to 75 F (3 to 24
          C) with cloudy to clear conditions; gusty
          breezes.Snowshoeing:
          Loon Lake,
          Sierra Nevada, California: 3 mi (5 km); 6,327 to 6,478
          (1,928 to 1,974 m); 34 F (1 C) with cloudy
          conditions.Wentworth Springs, Sierra Nevada,
          California: 2 mi (3.2 km); 5,200 to 5,700 ft (1,585 to 1,737
          m); 37 to 57 F (3 to 14 C); cloudy with some
          sleet.Hiking:
          Foothills of the
          Sierra Nevada (California): 3 mi (5 km); 743 to 1,262 ft
          (226 to 385 m); 60F (15 C). 
          PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
           
          My experience was similar to the Field report
          period.  I continued to prefer wearing a shirt underneath
          which in this warmer
          period was usually a short-sleeved shirt.  And with the
          warmer temperatures I
          usually wore it without another jacket over top except for
          snowshoeing.  I was surprised at how much I love this
          jacket for backpacking.  The hood is fantastic for sleeping
          since it keeps my hair out of my eyes, keeps any draft from
          going down my neck and keeps my head warm.  I'm
          thinking of trading in my light down jacket for this jacket
          on my trips...and that's saying something since I LOVE
          my down jacket.  I also find that I don't really need
          my light gloves since I can pull down the sleeves over most
          of my hands on those cold mornings.Even the light
          color has worked out fine for backpacking.  Granted it gets
          a little dirtier than darker colors but the fabric isn't
          a dirt magnet and it comes clean in the laundry without
          fail.  The durability continues to be outstanding with no
          signs of wear over several washings.   It was probably
          washed six or seven additional times in this
          period.
           
          SUMMARY
           
          The MontBell Trail Action
          parka is a versatile softshell jacket that could be worn as
          an outer layer, as a mid-layer under a hardshell or as a
          base layer for really cold outings.  It is a completely
          different fabric and style than any jacket or fleece that
          I've ever owned.Likes:
          Soft
          fleece inside
          Women's cut
          Hood
          Extra-long
          sleevesDislikes:
          Not a
          thingThis concludes my Long-Term report and this
          test series.  Thanks to MontBell and BackpackGearTest.org
          for allowing me to participate in this test.
           
           
           
          This report was created with the BGT Report
          Generator.
          Copyright 2014.  All rights
          reserved.





















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