Video Reveals Gear Tester Secrets

People often ask what it is like to be a product tester for In this quick video about the “job” of testing gear, Gear Junkie contributors Jason and Chelsey Magness head into the mountains to test the Speed Lite 30 backpack from Deuter, MSR’s Reactor Stove System (“it boils a liter of water in under three minutes!”) and the new $429 Solo tent from Sea to Summit, the smallest tent these testers have ever seen.

—Jason and Chelsey Magness are members of Team GearJunkie/YogaSlackers.

Posted by lindsey clark - 10/18/2011 08:56 AM

I spy… Broken Top!

Posted by jpea - 10/18/2011 09:41 AM

you guys look pretty relaxed – it’s like you weren’t racing against anyone this time or something ;)

Posted by Missy - Sea to Summit - 10/18/2011 09:51 AM

I love pretty much everything about your office – the views, the dress code, the conference room! I wanted to mention that at Sea to Summit we refer to the Specialists as “Shelters” and not “tents.” We want to make sure users understand that this shelter is for ultra lightweight backpackers who want a bit more comfort than a bivy bag and an easier pitch than a tarp-based shelter. The Specialists are not meant to be compaired to full-featured, heavy tents. Thanks Jason and Chelsey – you deserve a promotion!

Posted by JJ Johnson - 10/18/2011 11:23 AM

That looks a lot like my testing grounds. Gotta love Central Oregon! I have been impressed with the Deuter Speed Lite 30 thus far, we need a little more snow up there so I can test it on some ski days! I wish that was my main office.

Posted by Noel - 10/18/2011 01:30 PM

You were missing the rain for the tent. Hopefully, it takes more than 1 day of testing :D
Same for the stove, check it out in high altitudes to see if it still works well.

Posted by Mike - 10/18/2011 02:57 PM

Great video – and I wish my office was like that.

Any chance we can get a run down of the clothing worn by Jason and Chelsey. I noticed a Mont-Bell jacket on Jason and CW-X tights on Chelsey. Curious what pants and jackets both non-insulated and insulated they were wearing.

Posted by Chelsey and Jason - 10/18/2011 07:34 PM

Mike – The first day I was wearing Salomon’s windstopper tights and Jason was wearing some Ibex VIm pants. On day two we were both wearing 2XU tights. The Vim pants are woolish stretchy hybrid- and super warm but breathable. Our outerlayers were RAB. The puffys, one was RAB, one was an older “active” version of the Montbell thermawrap.

Missy – the tent was great (tight for two but remarkable considering it is only made for one!) Love that the instructions are on the outside of the stuff sack.

Joel, I agree on more than one night of testing, and rain and snow…and since Sea to Summit hasn’t asked for it back yet, I’ll be crossing my fingers for rain. As for the stove – It has been well used, all over New Zealand, Patagonia, and up to 10000 ft so far. It ranks among one of my favorite stoves ever!

JJ – liking the Speedlight too. Yet to race with it though, which is kinda my final test. Dont really like the hip pockets though, funky material and too small….but the rest seems well thought out. Chels and I often fight for it!

Posted by ken blackwood - 10/20/2011 11:36 PM

Were you able to take your stove to New Zealand. I thought stoves werent allowed as baggage

Posted by jason - 02/01/2012 01:52 PM

Yeah I have heard that too, but my stove (no fuel) went right on the plane and no one said anything. HAve done that tons of times too to South America, Scotland, AbuDhabi….fuel seems to be the main thing that gets you stuck.

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