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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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REI eVent
I love my REI eVent Kimtah parka (and pants). I have a light GTX Paclite parka but the eVent parka breathes MUCH better and is well worth a little extra money. Plus, as I've posted here seve...

In GEAR » Is there such a thing as a decent raincoat...? What should i buy?
March 01, 2:07pm

Wide(r) pots
It's been pretty well determined in the past that for most stoves pots that are wider than their height works best. And the 2:1 ratio of width v.s. height looks good. My 3 cup anodized al...

In GEAR » Optimum ratio of pot diameter to height
March 01, 2:02pm

I have never used a "wind shirt" and never intend to. The extra weight is not worth it for something so specialized. Instead my eVent parks is my wind shirt if my long sleeved poly or ...

In GEAR » A Visual Paradigm for Windshirts - Multiple Axis of Understanding.-Rev 0
March 01, 1:53pm

Have 'em and use 'em
Most of my GTX parkas have pit zips. I use them when I need to cool down and they work well. Yeah, they are often a PITA to zip closed but I'll take that annoyance over having no pit venting.

In GEAR » The crappiness of pit zips
March 01, 1:48pm

A good balaclava is what most of us use for cold weather sleeping. But a balaclave with a face covering THAT STAYS PUT is just as essential. Blood supply to the face, as it is with the rest of t...

In GEAR » EN 13537 and LOFT
February 24, 11:11pm

Hmmm, looks interesting but I'd want user feedback on battery life. Also impressions on ease of use would e helpful. C'mon "First Adopters", get out there and consume a few.

In GEAR » Garmin fenix 2 New Version
February 24, 11:02pm

Not to rain on your UL shelter parade but to give a different perspective I look at those photos and see a one-sided tent with no floor and no bug protection. As a former "tarper" I n...

In GEAR » MLD Spectralite Poncho/Tarp
February 24, 10:46pm

I haven't kept up with Nordic bindings since moving to Nevada in 2004. Interesting AT setup you have. I'll have to read this a few times to understand the combos. My track skis use NNN b...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
February 19, 2:33pm

Vaselined cotton balls & sparkers
I've found Vaselined cotton balls are THE best fire starters when using a sparking stick and steel (or even a wheel type sparker). That's why I carry both items in a fire starting kit, o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls
February 18, 9:02pm

Roger, as I mentioned in a PM to you a while back I think the Philippines is the best place for you to get your tents made. English is spoken by 90% of the population so nothing gets "lost ...

In GEAR » The CAFFIN tents come!
February 18, 8:46pm

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