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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: *Warmpth Tests
Hi Ken, no I didn't measure the Cocoon pant for comparison. Sorry. I am including the Cocoon pullover for comparison in my down jacket test. Best, Will

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Down Pants: Light, Warm, and Versatile
March 26, 8:26am

Responses to Minim 400 Comments
Hi all. Some of you commented that the bag's loft was less than expected. That is probably due to the bag's girth; note that this is a wider bag (Size Standard: Shoulder/hip/foot: 67/58/39 ...

In Editor's Roundtable » PHD Minim 400 Sleeping Bag Review
February 17, 8:18am

Responses to PHD Ultra Pullover Comments
Hi all. My responses: Franco: Yes, that is a BSI Mirage 1P. I will be publishing a review on it in the spring. Mike/Lynn: PHD doesn't like to reveal the amount of down in their garments, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » PHD Mountain Software Ultra Down Pullover Review
January 30, 6:48pm

Responses to Marmot Hydrogen Comments/Questions
Hi all, thanks for your comments. Here are some individual responses: David: You're right, a better comparison would be with the WM MegaLite. I was thinking in terms of the lightest bags and...

In Editor's Roundtable » Marmot Hydrogen Sleeping Bag Review
January 10, 8:24am

Re: What pad and sleep position is used for your sleeping bag tests?
Hi Everyone, I used a Big Agnes Clearview pad for testing the Spiral Down Hugger. Most of my testing was done in the summer and early fall, so the Clearview was warm enough underneath. I'm a...

In Editor's Roundtable » MontBell UL Spiral Down Hugger Sleeping Bag Review
December 10, 6:16pm

Responses to OR Endeavor Mitt Questions
Hi EJ, I will try to answer you questions by pasting in your questions and responding to them individually. Q-Down to what temperature F can you comfortably use the shell with the PL-400 glove w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Outdoor Research Endeavor Mitt SPOTLITE REVIEW
November 29, 11:48am

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:

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

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