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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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Responses to TNF Thunder Jacket Review
Hi All, Mike, I have not used the Patagonia Down Sweater, but there is a review of it by BPL: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/patagonia_down_sweater_spotlite_review.html...

In Editor's Roundtable » The North Face Thunder Jacket Review
September 30, 8:25am

Re: Tarptent Scarp 2 Tent Review
Chris, you're right, the MSRP's for the Big Sky Tents do not include a stuff sack and stakes. We will make a correction. The weights are correct, with all tents including stakes and a stuff...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tarptent Scarp 2 Tent Review
June 18, 6:51am

Re: Scarp 1
I stated earlier that I didn't think BPL has a review of the Tarptent Scarp 1 in the pipeline. I was wrong; it is currently under review and will be published sometime soon. Our readers are alw...

In Editor's Roundtable » Terra Nova Laser Photon Tent Review
May 29, 7:35am

Response to TN Laser Photon Questions
Hi all. The Laser Photon is indeed a very nice tent. But it was designed for adventure racers and needs some refinements for ultralight backpacking. The new Laser Elite can be dedicated for the adv...

In Editor's Roundtable » Terra Nova Laser Photon Tent Review
May 27, 12:29pm

Responses to Carbon Reflex Questions
Hi all, here's my responses and added comments to the discussion on the MSR Carbon Reflex 2 tent: Ashley and others: The design of the Tarptent Scarp 2 was not finalized, and therefore the t...

In Editor's Roundtable » MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent Review
April 29, 8:12am

REI Flash Responses
Hi all. I would like to answer your questions as best I can. David: The suspension on the REI Flash packs is less cushy and adjustable compared to the Granite Gear Nimbus packs. Basically, the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Flash 50 and Flash 65 Backpack Review
April 15, 6:05pm

Responses to GoLite Inferno Questions
Hi everyone, here's my responses to your questions: Kathy: I believe GoLite has hooded and non-hooded versions of this jacket. Eric: GoLite does not specify the amount of down in the jack...

In Editor's Roundtable » GoLite Hooded Inferno Jacket Review
March 12, 12:35pm

Re: Re: Lightest?
I think Ashley wins in this discussion. She's right, its more prudent to identify the tents that fit into a particular class based on weight and intended use, then make your decision based on t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Sky International Montana 2P Tent Review
February 26, 7:45am

Re: Re: Re: Lightest?
Some debate here on which BSI Montana tent to compare the Stephenson's 2R to. I was comparing silnylon tents with 2 aluminum poles to each other, which seems like a fair comparison. The Montana...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Sky International Montana 2P Tent Review
February 25, 1:38pm

Re: Lightest?
We need to compare apples with apples here. The stated weight of the Stephenson's 2R standard tent without options is 2.75 pounds. The measured trail weight (with stakes) of the BSI 3-season Mo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Sky International Montana 2P Tent Review
February 25, 12:01pm

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