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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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The One - hiker length
Hi Mitchell. I would say that your 6'3" height is at the limit. You would have to push the foot of your sleeping bag against one end to maximize headroom at the other. That would give you ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear The One Shelter REVIEW
June 18, 4:10pm

UL Rain Chaps
Another option is to get a pair of Tyvek pants and cut the legs off. The whole pant is only about 2.5 oz, and they're breathable.

In Gear Swap » WTB Rain Chaps
May 30, 6:09pm

OR Endeavor Mitt in Extended Rain
Hi Jean. I can't say for sure, but I would speculate that they would stay dry in extended rain. On four occasions this past winter, I wore the Endeavor Mitt for packing snow to build igloos, an...

In Editor's Roundtable » Outdoor Research Endeavor Mitt SPOTLITE REVIEW
May 16, 7:12am

Rab Topbag is sold.
Bag is sold!

In Gear Swap » FS: Rab Quantum Top Bag Qtop
May 06, 8:29am

FS: Rab Quantum Top Bag Qtop
I have a lightly used Rab Top Bag for sale. Temperature rating is 30 F. The weight is 17 ounces. The bag is hoodless and zipperless, has a drawcord at the top, shell fabric and lining are Pertex Qu...

In Gear Swap » FS: Rab Quantum Top Bag Qtop
May 04, 1:35pm

Great read!
Jhaura and companions - great read and a very worthy mission. I wanted to amplify the benefits of backpacking as a Forest Service Volunteer Wilderness Ranger. Its a great combination - it combines...

In Editor's Roundtable » Fire and Ultralight, a US Forest Service Recon
April 24, 8:37am

Re: Pockets
Hi Jonathan. Here's a photo of the side pocket with a compression strap routed over the pocket. The slits on the sides of the pocket allow the compression strap to be routed inside the pocket, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Granite Gear Vapor Day Pack Review
April 24, 8:22am

Pack to carry 37 pounds in Glacier NP
Hi David. You are at the upper end of the LW range, so I would say that you definitely need a sturdy internal frame pack. Some people grunt it with a GoLite Pinnacle frameless pack, but you would n...

In GEAR » Help me select a backpack and tweak a gear list for trip to Glacier National Park
March 17, 8:15am

How Light is Enough?
This has been a good read, lots of good information here for Nicole. The only thing I can add is: for me, there's a weight threshold where I can't tell much difference. If my pack weight...

In Philosophy & Technique » When have you gone too light?
March 17, 7:59am

FS: Big Sky Evolution 1P Tent - Price Reduced
Price reduced to $200.

In Gear Swap » FS: Big Sky Evolution 1P Tent
March 12, 8:00pm

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