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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 59 year old Ph.D research physicist. With the kids gone we can occasionally afford to fly off to other parts of the country for backpacking and kayaking trips. I dream of going to Nepal, the Alps, and New Zealand, or back to Alaska.

I make a lot of my own UL equipment: pyramid tent, tarps, net tents, quilts, wind shirts and pants, jackets, kayaking gear, etc.

UL kayak camping is great, you get a real advantage over traditional paddlers who take everything, including the kitchen sink.
My Website URLhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ewolin

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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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Down-filled Neoair?
I just ordered two small (9 oz.) Neoair pads, for my wife and me, to replace our Prolite 3 short pads (13 oz). I haven't received them yet and actually have never seen one except in pictures. ...

In GEAR » Down-filled Neoair?
March 01, 10:49am

RE: LED replacement bulbs for regular flashlights
I've only seen one color. Other manufacturers make different colors but they seem to be more expensive. About the only other color I'd be interested in is some sort of night-vision compat...

In Gear Deals » LED replacement bulbs for regular flashlights
March 01, 9:31am

RE: How many changes of clothes do you bring
I almost always share a quilt with my wife. Maybe I can learn to love my own smell, but she probably never will!

In GEAR » How many changes of clothes do you bring?
February 28, 7:41pm

RE: Make Your Own Gear: Igloos
Partial solution to keep from losing your snow saw/knife: drill a hole in the end of the handle and tie a few feet of red cord (e.g. avalanche cord) to it. It's not hard to avoid stepping on ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Igloos
February 28, 7:31pm

LED replacement bulbs for regular flashlights
LED PR style bulbs (the ones with the flange, not the screw-in kinds) have been around for a while but were expensive, over $20 each for really bright ones. Recently I found inexpensive bulbs for ...

In Gear Deals » LED replacement bulbs for regular flashlights
February 28, 3:33pm

re: How many changes of clothes do you brin
Heretic speaking here: I bring changes of clothing! Dry socks for sleeping (liners or wool, depending). Extra liner socks, wear one pair while the other is drying after washing. Extra underwe...

In GEAR » How many changes of clothes do you bring?
February 28, 3:19pm

re: First MYOG Quilt... maybe
Similar situation, purchased Rayway kit and have been extremely happy. Made more quilts since then, once I understood how to go about it I came up with my own designs. Actually the Rayway kits do...

In Make Your Own Gear » First MYOG Quilt... maybe
February 26, 6:36pm

RE: Rayway" quilt kits
I made our 2-person Rayway quilt, Alpine upgrade with draft stopper and split-zip, in 2005 and we have been using it ever since. We are very happy with it. We've used it down to slightly belo...

In GEAR » "Rayway" quilt kits
February 23, 5:33pm

RE: Ways to sleep better
My main problems are sore hips and a too thin pillow. At night I act sort of like a rotisserie, rotating through the night. If my pad is too thin (e.g. blue foam and similar) I wake up with sor...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ways to sleep better
February 23, 11:10am

RE: recommendations on exploring the Pacific NorthWest (PNW)
What I do when visiting a new place is to buy a bunch of trail guide books (used on Amazon marketplace or Ebay) and give them to my wife. She does all the research and figures out where to go. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » recommendations on exploring the Pacific NorthWest (PNW)?
February 15, 2:09pm

All Reader Reviews by Elliott Wolin

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Sierra Designs customer service
A number of years ago I pulled out my SD Dome tent right before a camping trip (original model, very light 4-season 3-person tent for 1980, under 7 lbs) and found that the shock cords in the poles had...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 10:22am

Rollei 35 SE
I purchased a 35LED right after it came out in the late 1970's. The first model had a faulty on/off switch and they replaced it for free. From that day on I had nothing but praise for the little...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 23, 1:44pm

Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide -Andrew Skurka book
Just read it and strongly agree with previous reviews. Having also just read UL Backpacking Tips by Clelland, which advocates pushing to the limit of UL, I was pleased to see that Skurka disagreed wi...

In Books and Media
July 10, 1:39pm

The Ray-Way Tarp Book Essential
This is a completely revised and greatly expanded version of Jardine's original Tarp Book. The first version was as much a tutorial and instruction manual on how to sew a Ray-Way tarp as a discuss...

In Books and Media
November 13, 12:32pm

Marmot Marmot
The coating on my Precip jacket started flaking off around the neck and shoulders (my wife's is fine, purchased the same time, used about the same amount which is not much). Got an RA number, s...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 02, 3:08pm

Gregory Customer Support
I purchased a Gregory Snow Creek around 1981. It was one of the best packs available then (5 1/2 lbs). I added a lumbar support pad soon after, for no particularly good reason. Fast forward to 201...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 20, 5:59pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
We've been using the Prolite 3 short (13 oz, latest model 11 oz) for a few years now with great success on all sorts of surfaces from wooden lean-to floors and hard-pan car camping sites to soft d...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 03, 2:22pm

Golite Pinnacle Pack
My wife borrowed my daughter's new woman's Golite Pinnacle pack for our 4-day trip down the Grand Canyon (mid-Nov 2009). She was very happy with it, and found it perfectly comfortable for our...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 28, 8:08pm

Coleman Customer Service
Turned on my Coleman Powermax Exponent Xtreme and the knob did nothing. Discovered the valve was stuck and the spline threads on the knob got stripped. Removed the knob, freed the stuck valve, opene...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 06, 7:34pm

GoLite GoLite customer service
The seam tape on a Golite waterproof/breathable jacket started lifting off after a few uses. Sent it back and they quickly offered a free replacement. Alternatively, they offered a credit equal to t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 03, 7:36am