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Will Rietveld (WilliWabbit) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southwest Colorado
About Me Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
CityDurango
StateColorado
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://home.bresnan.net/~swultralight/

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All Forum Posts by Will Rietveld

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Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 MSRP
I corrected the MSRP as per Matt Huff's comment. We typically list the MSRP in US$ when there is a US distributor and we can get the US MSRP. This is a mistake on my part, and I apologize for t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Tent Review
June 24, 8:07am

Reply to Frameless Backpack Volume Measure and Volume Reduction Comments
Hi all, thanks for the comments and kudos. Roger helped me with Figures 2 and 3; we needed to trick MS Excel a bit to do it. Lots of graphs in Part 2B coming up. Re the SMD Traveler pack, we dec...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011
Part 2A – Technical Evaluation – Measurement of Pack Volume and Volume Reduction Capability

June 21, 8:00pm

Re: Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011: Part 1 – Choosing and Using a Frameless Pack
Hi all, here's my responses to some of the comments: What's a LBP?? Removable Stays: Several comments on packs not included. Packs like the ULA Ohm and Osprey Hornet are IF, not frame...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011: Part 1 – Choosing and Using a Frameless Pack
June 03, 7:44am

Responses to GoLite Peak Backpack review
Hi all, good conversation going regarding the GoLite Peak pack, and pack reviews in general. Here are a few responses: Brendon: You are very observant, the 2004 Jam we reviewed weighed 21.1 ounc...

In Editor's Roundtable » GoLite Peak Backpack Review
January 06, 12:19pm

Responses to BSI Mirage 1P Questions
Hi Everyone. My responses to your questions: Dan: The SuprSil HD floor is just as slippery as generic silnylon. It is a really nice floor fabric. I paint some silicone stripes on the floor to ke...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Sky International Mirage 1P Tent Review
November 19, 9:25am

Re: eVent Comparison?
Hi Philip. I did say that the thin fabric of the Tachyon affords more breathability than most other wind shirts. I don't know of any Event windshirts. The Event rain jackets I have tested are r...

In Editor's Roundtable » MontBell Tachyon Anorak and Dynamo Wind Pants Review
November 03, 8:05am

Responses to: Ultralight Three-Season Down Jackets State of the Market Report 2010 Part 3
Hi all, thanks for your comments. This article was a challenge to assemble. The NB Fugu jacket has been discontinued. Too bad, it was a great jacket. Happy hiking, Will

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Three-Season Down Jackets State of the Market Report 2010 Part 3
July 02, 12:15pm

Responses to Brooks Range Alpini Questions
Hi All, here's my responses to comments and questions: Richard: Of course the FF Hyperion and WM Flight are also similar to the Alpini. I chose to narrow it a bit by listing the MOST similar...

In Editor's Roundtable » Brooks-Range Alpini Mountain Anorak Review
June 01, 8:26am

Re: And your travel boots?
Hi Eric. I am still dealing with the frozen boot/cold feet issue. If I don't wear a VBL, moisture from sweat builds up in the lining of my snowshoeing and ski boots, which means cold feet, and ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Western Mountaineering Expedition Down Bootie Review
April 05, 6:46pm

Re: Down Bootie Review
Ken, the XL booties measure 13 inches long, and that's pressing against both ends. Measure the length of your feet. I don't think feet any longer than 13 inches would fit. Best, Will

In Editor's Roundtable » Western Mountaineering Expedition Down Bootie Review
March 31, 12:10pm

All Reader Reviews by Will Rietveld

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Integral Designs eVENT Shortie Gaiters
I have used these gaiters a lot and really like them. I don't mind their zipperless/Velcroless design, its lighter and simpler. I have size L. For me, they fit very well over mid or full height boo...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 23, 8:09am

Six Moon Designs Comet
The new Comet backpack has removeable aluminum stays which allow it to be used as either a frameless or internal frame pack. Without stays it weighs 22 oz and with stays it weighs 27 oz. The Comet ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 03, 7:50pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
I just got this book and its superb! As I paged through the book, I kept saying yes, right on, perfect, exactly! Don presents the UL gospel clearly and concisely, and the illustrations by Mike Clellan...

In Books and Media
August 03, 7:36pm

Gossamer Gear Fire-fly
The Fire-fly is a real lightweight stove made by mo-go-gear and sold by Gossamer Gear. The whole kit weighs 1.5 ounces and includes the burner, pot stand, windscreen, and heat reflector. The open j...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 03, 7:24pm