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Eric Blumensaadt (Danepacker) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Mojave Desert
About Me Retired H.S. teacher, 10 yr. Nat'l Nordic Ski Patroller, fmr. XC racer, Army ROTC winter survival instructor, hunter, backpacker, former ACA moving water canoeing instructor, sea kayaker.
FINALLY have become a lightweight (not UL)backpacker.

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I use thick wool socks that have never seen boots but I think fleece sox would be even warmer.

In GEAR » Cold sleepers: What are your go-to sleeping socks?
January 22, 2:17pm

Good but not UL
I like my Merrill Moab GTX Mid "boots". Light enough for me and very durable.

In GEAR » Best UL Hiker for mud, wet roots / boardwalks, and wet rocks
January 22, 2:10pm

I'm trying to visualize your setup. Is it anything like a Packa? The Packa is, to me, the most likely design to have less condensation and more protection than most other alternatives.

In GEAR » Hiking Condensation-free in Rain
January 21, 1:23pm

My backup used to be a 2nd lighter - until it failed too and, like you, I had to borrow fire. Now I carry a good lighter and a Firesteel setup, Especially if I'm using my TD Sidewinder ESBIT...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
January 20, 11:51pm

Outsak works!
While backpacking in Utah's Coyote Gulch several of our party used Outsaks. I thought it was overkill but when ravens and ring-tailed cats tried getting in them the contents remained untouc...

In GEAR » Outsak: a happy customer.
January 20, 11:46pm

Hilleberg & Tarptent quality
Stu, I'd say that Hilleberg and Tarptent are of equal quality. Tarptent may build tents of lighter materials but all their materials and construction are the same quality as Hilleberg's ...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
January 20, 11:40pm

Try spraying it with the "Anti-Microbial" version of Fabreeze. Then turn the tent inside out and hang it outside to dry and et the sun's UV rays, which do kill some bacteria. I ...

In GEAR » Stink Bomb Tent
January 20, 1:28pm

Stratospire room
The TT Stratospire in either 1 or 2 person size likely has the most headroom AND useable floorspace for the weight. "Floorspace" is a tricky term. USEABLE floorspace should be what det...

In GEAR » Lightweight tent: Tarptent SS2 or ZPacks Triplex or Big Sky Mirage 2P
January 19, 3:10pm

Comfort of Osprey EXOS 58
I've found the pure comfort of the Osprey EXOS 58 harness and mesh back is worth a few extra ounces. And this comfort lasts all day.

In GEAR » Backpacking Frame options
January 18, 3:22pm

This SHOULD be the successor to the Contrail. I had a Contrail & got a Moment instead B/C the Contrail was not "wind-worthy" enough. The PROTRAIL looks like it will be much better ...

In GEAR » Tarptent Protrail
January 17, 3:12pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Tarptent Scarp 2
I purchased the Scarp 2 SPECIFICALLY for 4 season use. I knew I would modifiy it for winter use when I purchased it. The Scarp 2 is my 3rd Tarptent, following a Contrail and Moment SW. Like them it...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
November 02, 8:09pm

Allen and Mike's Backcountry Ski Book
"Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book" is the very best book on teh eop I have ever read - and I've read most of them in the last 40 years of backcountry skiing and ca...

In Books and Media
October 24, 8:01pm

REI Kimtah
Recently got the REI Kimtah eVent parka and on a Ruby Mountains, Nevada backpack found it to be as good a wind jacket as it is a rain parka. The sale price was $159.95 which is 30% off the regular ...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 03, 1:45am

Eddie Bauer Down Sweater
I purchased an Eddie Bauer Down Sweater (their term) on sale this summer for $89. It was reviewed by Will Riveted in his extensive articles of light down jackets and got a favorable, "middle-o...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 27, 8:15pm

Thermarest Trail Pro Regular
I won my Trail Pro regular at a Sierra Club Outings leaders training seminar, otherwise I would not have spent the money B/C I seldom car camp. But now I have an alternative for a winter ski camping m...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 03, 9:56pm

Brunton Crux
I bought the Brunton Flex because of its wider burner ring for better heat distribution so I wouldn't get a hot spot on the bottom of my pot when cooking. I was not aware that there was a Brunt...

In Stoves - Canister
January 29, 9:38pm

tarptent moment
I give the Moment a "5" because I feel it is currently the best solo single wall tent design. It has great quality, innovative design and excellent attention to detail. My previous solo ...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
December 24, 12:52pm

Carbelas GORE-TEX® PacLite® Rainy River Parka
Cabela's Rainy River GTX PacLite parka (and pants) are THE bargain in good quality, lightweight, breathable rainwear at the 2010 regular $99. price. The Taslanized fabric is a matte finish, unlike...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 08, 12:10am

Vargo Triad XE
The XE version of Vargo's Triad is an improvement in several ways. 1. After I complained of the original removable alcohol burner being too small the company owner responded by making it larger...

In Stoves - Alcohol
May 18, 8:51pm

Brunton Flex
This is the newer version of the Prumus/Brunton Crux canister-top stove and appears to have corrected faults reported by Crux owners. First the number of fold-out pot supports has increased from 3...

In Stoves - Canister
May 10, 3:38pm