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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.
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All Forum Posts by Will Rietveld

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Re: re: Montane sizing
Your point is well taken and I stand corrected. The Montane Slipstream jacket has a trim fit and does not "run small" as stated. The sleeve and body lengths are as expected for a size Lar...

In Editor's Roundtable » Montane Slipstream GL Jacket Review
March 07, 12:18pm

Re: 2012 Photo Contest Winners!
Beautiful photos and very inspiring, thanks to everyone that participated. A small correction: in the honorable mention photo by Steve Denny, the lake pictured is Taylor Lake and the pass is Ken...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2012 Photo Contest Winners!
March 07, 11:00am

Responses to WPB Jackets Article
Hi all, thanks for your comments and lively discussion on this article series. There appears to be a lot of interest in this subject. My responses: Greg: Frogg Toggs and other Propore-type jacke...

In Editor's Roundtable » Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies Part 3: Discussion, Conclusions, and Performance of Individual Jackets
November 09, 4:55pm

Re: Synthetic jacket review
Hi Jonathan, sorry no synthetic jacket articles in the pipeline. Its been discussed, but other projects took priority. I agree that we need to do something on synthetic jackets, but it will be hard...

In Editor's Roundtable » Patagonia Ultralight Down Shirt Review
September 15, 7:31pm

Pack is 2011 model in size Long Torso. The pack torso length measures 20.25 inches (underside of shoulder strap to center of hipbelt). Long torso size will be dropped this fall, so here's a cha...

September 06, 10:43am

For Sale: ULA CDT frameless backpack size medium/large. Torso measures 18.5 inches (from underside of shoulder strap to center of hipbelt). Pack includes hand loops, water bottle loops, removable i...

In Gear Swap » FS: ULA CDT Pack, M/L
August 18, 11:28am

Re: Cap?
The hat I'm wearing is the Montbell Stainless Mesh Cap. Its very lightweight and covers well, but guess what -- it doesn't provide good sun protection, the top of my head got sunburned. I h...

In Editor's Roundtable » Granite Gear Virga Review
August 11, 3:29pm

FS: Fanatic Fringe Alpine Trail SUL backpack, 7 oz
This is a smaller volume pack for Superultralight backpacking. Volume is 2400 cubic inches, weight is 7 oz, one size. No hipbelt or sternum strap. Fabric is coated nylon and has a drawcord closure ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Fanatic Fringe Alpine Trail SUL backpack, 7 oz
July 24, 2:20pm

Hi all, here's responses to your comments and questions specific to the ZPacks Dyneema 26: Compression System: I agree that braided cord would provide more solid compression rather than elas...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011: Part 3 – Packs for UltraLight Backpacking
July 22, 4:00pm

Cuben Fiber Prophet
John, According to Ron Bell at MLD, a Cuben version of the popular Prophet pack will be available. Oftentimes it takes awhile for things to get on the website since small manufacturers do many role...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011: Part 3 – Packs for UltraLight Backpacking
July 13, 6:53am

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