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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 60 year old Ph.D research physicist. With the kids gone we can occasionally afford to fly off to other parts of the country for backpacking and kayaking trips. I dream of going to Nepal, the Alps, and New Zealand, or back to Alaska.

I make a lot of my own UL equipment: pyramid tent, tarps, net tents, quilts, wind shirts and pants, jackets, kayaking gear, etc.

UL kayak camping is great, you get a real advantage over traditional paddlers who take everything, including the kitchen sink.
CityWilliamsburg
StateVA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ewolin

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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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RE: Mating Quilts
My wife and I have used our RayWay double quilt down to about 15 degF inside a tent (here actually two quilts, one on top of the other), and routinely in tarps or leanto's to below freezing. W...

In GEAR » Mating Quilts
April 03, 1:25pm

Post-hike rituals
I never eat them otherwise, but after a hike longer than say 4-5 days I can't resist a bacon-cheeseburger. I must not get enough fats while backpacking. We're now planning to bring olive ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Post-hike rituals
April 03, 1:17pm

RE: Pauli effect
Similar tale from when I was a graduate student, maybe apocryphal: I was doing research in 1977 at a large national lab that got visitors from all over the world. The apparatus I worked with us...

In GEAR » New lightest material
March 26, 3:22pm

RE: Warranty expectations from high end gear companies
The coating on my Marmot Precip started flaking off big time and Marmot replaced it for free. The cause wasn't normal wear-and-tear, there apparently was a flaw in the coating process.

In GEAR » Warranty expectations from high end gear companies
March 26, 3:14pm

RE: Separate sleeping clothes - yeah or nay
Alas I suffer from having sensitive skin, I can break out in a heat/sweat/salt rash with little provocation. So washing and fresh clothes are important for me. In the warm weather when I stop I...

In Philosophy & Technique » Separate sleeping clothes - yeah or nay
March 26, 1:54pm

Physicists and cars
Hey, I'm an experimentalist, and I work on cars all the time! Currently I'm keeping a number of cars going into their third decade, even longer in some cases. However I do concur on the...

In GEAR » New lightest material
March 25, 11:32am

RE: Double-rated sleeping bags
This looks a lot like my old Marmot Grouse: semi-rectangular and opens flat to allow zipping to a bottom sheet to make a two-person bag. But in the Grouse the baffle between the top and botto...

In GEAR » Double-rated sleeping bags
March 21, 10:58am

RE: I think I have a gear problem
Ok, here I go... My name is Elliott, and I'm a gearaholic! I never throw anything away if it's got some life in it. I started backpacking in 1972 and I've got just about everythi...

In Philosophy & Technique » I think I have a gear problem
March 13, 6:45pm

Re: I think I have a gear problem
Josh, repeat after me: "My name is Josh, and I'm a gearoholic."

In Philosophy & Technique » I think I have a gear problem
March 13, 3:53pm

RE: Holds water
We always use totally soaked cotton t-shirts in the really hot weather, they work great. And nothing holds water better than cotton! Although come to think of it, just after Douglas Adams' ...

In Philosophy & Technique » The "I don't get it" thread
March 12, 2:13pm

All Reader Reviews by Elliott Wolin

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Sierra Designs customer service
A number of years ago I pulled out my SD Dome tent right before a camping trip (original model, very light 4-season 3-person tent for 1980, under 7 lbs) and found that the shock cords in the poles had...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 10:22am

Rollei 35 SE
I purchased a 35LED right after it came out in the late 1970's. The first model had a faulty on/off switch and they replaced it for free. From that day on I had nothing but praise for the little...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 23, 1:44pm

Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide -Andrew Skurka book
Just read it and strongly agree with previous reviews. Having also just read UL Backpacking Tips by Clelland, which advocates pushing to the limit of UL, I was pleased to see that Skurka disagreed wi...

In Books and Media
July 10, 1:39pm

The Ray-Way Tarp Book Essential
This is a completely revised and greatly expanded version of Jardine's original Tarp Book. The first version was as much a tutorial and instruction manual on how to sew a Ray-Way tarp as a discuss...

In Books and Media
November 13, 12:32pm

Marmot Marmot
The coating on my Precip jacket started flaking off around the neck and shoulders (my wife's is fine, purchased the same time, used about the same amount which is not much). Got an RA number, s...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 02, 3:08pm

Gregory Customer Support
I purchased a Gregory Snow Creek around 1981. It was one of the best packs available then (5 1/2 lbs). I added a lumbar support pad soon after, for no particularly good reason. Fast forward to 201...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 20, 5:59pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
We've been using the Prolite 3 short (13 oz, latest model 11 oz) for a few years now with great success on all sorts of surfaces from wooden lean-to floors and hard-pan car camping sites to soft d...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 03, 2:22pm

Golite Pinnacle Pack
My wife borrowed my daughter's new woman's Golite Pinnacle pack for our 4-day trip down the Grand Canyon (mid-Nov 2009). She was very happy with it, and found it perfectly comfortable for our...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 28, 8:08pm

Coleman Customer Service
Turned on my Coleman Powermax Exponent Xtreme and the knob did nothing. Discovered the valve was stuck and the spline threads on the knob got stripped. Removed the knob, freed the stuck valve, opene...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 06, 7:34pm

GoLite GoLite customer service
The seam tape on a Golite waterproof/breathable jacket started lifting off after a few uses. Sent it back and they quickly offered a free replacement. Alternatively, they offered a credit equal to t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 03, 7:36am