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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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Black Hole of Gear...
Never fear Justin, on the other side of that "Black Hole of Gear is a whole new universe of wonderful gear and constant spending.. But I like your idea of combining the best of two syntheti...

In GEAR » Theoretical gear? I've never seen it. Calling all fabric experts
April 04, 3:24pm

Been done with synthetics
Polarguard Delta and other synthetics have hollow fibers. Yeah, they use fossil fuels to make 'em but I'd bet they are more resiliant to repeated stuffing than Llama fur. Not to mention ...

In GEAR » Llama Wool Sleeping Bag
April 04, 3:16pm

If'n I had my druthers...
For a light two person tent I'druther have the Tarptent Squall 2 at 34 oz. 1. more interior space 2. faster setup 3. fewer stakes to carry 4. more aerodynamic for wind and snow load 5. M...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Scout UL2 Plus - Initial Impressions
April 04, 3:04pm

eVent
Kevin, try eVent WPB parkas. Very breathable and just as water resistant as the best Gore-Tex. eVentpasses vapor DIRECTLY through the laminate, not the two-stage process that GTX requires, therefor...

In GEAR » Non-GoreTex hard shell coatings ?
April 03, 12:41am

REI
Unlike Derek I HAVE had good experiences with Gore-TEX and VERY good experiences with eVent hardshells. Gore-Tex is great for alpine skiing and lighter activity. My favorite is REI's Kimtah ...

In GEAR » Advice for a hardshell for early spring and late fall.
April 03, 12:37am

Soulo & AKTO
Stephen, Ahhhh, I must respectfully disagree, the Soulo isn't really and "AKTO with cross poles". The Soulo is more of a semi-dome. But, as I mentioned, the AKTO COULD have X-in...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
April 02, 1:37pm

Re-Visiting the new EXOS 58
I was initially impressed with the new EXOS 58 but I'll trek back to REI and re-visit it with this critique in mind. Guess I need to pack it with sandbags and walk around the store awhile b...

In GEAR » New Exos 58
April 01, 2:28pm

AMEN!
ESBIT is my favorite fuel and my little Trail Designs Sidewinder W/3 cup pot is the most efficient ESBIT stove yet. Now with Gary's modding of Jon's "chimney" base we may see ...

In GEAR » The lightest, most efficient and compact SUL esbit stove kit may be here (with photos)
April 01, 2:25pm

Hee, hee "Permission Device"
True but funny.

In GEAR » Whats the point of Spot Gen 3? Same weight after batteries?
March 30, 5:12pm

Long Range Hunting website
There is a lot of good (and bad) advice on the forums at the "Long Range Hunting" website. As knowledgeable UL backpackers here at BPL you will surely be able to cherry pick the good advi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » "Ultralight hunting"
March 26, 10:25pm

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