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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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Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad Review - stickiness issue?
A few readers have commented about the Clearview being sticky. I have not personally noticed that myself, but perhaps the urethane absorbs some moisture in damp weather? I have noticed that it sque...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad Review
August 29, 12:26pm

Ankle Braces
Hi Erin, Congratulations on finishing your epic trip! One thing that may be of interest is ankle braces used by adventure racers. These provide lots of ankle support, and are worn inside of l...

In GEAR » ankle support vs UL
August 24, 3:26pm

Re: FS: ULA Conduit Backpack
Pack is sold!

In Gear Swap » FS: ULA Conduit Backpack
August 24, 1:45pm

Re: WTB: ULA Conduit
Hi Will, I have one for sale; size M/L. See my post on 8/24. I posted it and then found your post, and Bens. email me direct at willi_wabbit AT bresnan DOT net Best, Will

In Gear Swap » WTB: ULA Conduit
August 24, 10:21am

FS: Therm-A-Rest Ultralight Sleeping Pad
I have a Therm-A-Rest Ultralight sleeping pad in excellent condition that I want to sell. This model preceded the current Prolite 3 Short. Its one inch thick, dimensions are 20" wide and 48&qu...

In Gear Swap » FS: Therm-A-Rest Ultralight Sleeping Pad
August 24, 10:08am

FS: ULA Conduit Backpack
I have a lightly used ULA Equipment Conduit Backpack that I would like to sell. Its made of durable Dyneema Gridstop fabric, has 3 large outside mesh pockets, two large fabric hipbelt pockets, and ...

In Gear Swap » FS: ULA Conduit Backpack
August 24, 9:44am

Ion Mask and Breathability
Hi Gdinero. Yes, I agree that Ion Mask could help manufacturers create really light rainwear, and it will be really exciting when it arrives. But footwear is also a promising application. Look a...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2008 Lightweight Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 20, 6:30pm

Re: Re: Wide Feet
I saw the New Balance 908 at the OR Show and was impressed with it. It looks supportive,rugged, and grippy. It goes to the 909 this fall. Best, Will

In Editor's Roundtable » 2008 Lightweight Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 20, 6:22pm

Snow Flaps to Keep Sand Out
Hi Mary. Great comment. Camping in the desert when its windy results in a lot of fine sand inside your tent, and sand in everything inside. The snow flaps could be covered with sand around the peri...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Sky International Convertible 2P Tent REVIEW Review
August 20, 6:17pm

Stephenson's Warmlite Review?
Hi Peter. Ask and you shall receive; we just received a Warmlite 2X from Stephensons and Chris Townsend will be doing the review. It will be published in early fall sometime, along with a State Of ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Sky International Convertible 2P Tent REVIEW Review
August 20, 6:12pm

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