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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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All Forum Posts by Eric Blumensaadt

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For a mere $4,500. you can buy a rifle that has an integrated laser & scope that, once the target is lased, will AUTOMATICALLY fire the rifle when the crosshair is back on target. (you DO have ...

In GEAR » Anti-Drone !
November 18, 2:08pm

Starbucks VIA
For me VIA is the answer for good coffee on the trail. I've tried filling my own tea bags with ground coffee but VIA beats them all.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backcountry coffee
November 10, 12:49am

And we wait...
... for such a test. Maybe we can ask the military test site at Nautick to tells if they have tested DWR treated down. After all, It's our tax dollars that fund them. Shouldn't we get some ...

In GEAR » Down Tech - the "best" down DWR?
November 10, 12:45am

Silk, like cotton, is a NO-NO in winter
Silk absorbs and holds moisture "beautifully" - i.e. "You LOOOK beautiful in silk Darling.", but you will feel wet and clammy. Stick with wool, polyester (my choice) or pol...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Polyester and silk blends for baselayers and/or light weight mid layers in cool to cold weather conditions
November 09, 9:12pm

"He who does not use VBL socks is doomed."
Thus sayeth the Frost God. 1st Commandment of winter footwear safety-> "Ye MUST keep winter footwear insulation dry." To do this you need a VBL My VBL is a seam sealed thin neo...

In Winter Hiking » goretex socks vs overboots
November 09, 9:08pm

Fill weight, etc.
Mittens are an item of clothing that are compressed often - as in most of the time. To have better loft when compressed I'd say that 650 fill weight would actually be better than 850 fill be...

In GEAR » Down mittens
November 09, 8:59pm

Down Tech - the "best" down DWR?
I've noticed lately that several apparel companies ae going with Down Tech as their down DWR treatment. Namely Eddie Bauer, LL Bean and Big Agnes are the ones I've seen so far. EB says...

In GEAR » Down Tech - the "best" down DWR?
November 06, 2:48pm

Look at the Osprey EXOS 38. Small but not too small and very comfortable. Maybe the Osprey Syncro 20 L. or 15 L. is more what you are looking for. it too has a mesh trampoline suspension system ...

In GEAR » fast packing pack
November 05, 1:22pm

Revivex is the Gore recommended DWR spray and I've found it to be the best - so far. Do NOT try "Never Wet". It will leave your fabric "cloudy" looking.

In GEAR » which waterproofing agent?
November 03, 7:35pm

I'd say it more resembles the Stratospire 2, which I like better due to its better Useable interior space.

In GEAR » Yama Mountain Gear's new tent design...
November 03, 7:29pm

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