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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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For the umptheenth time on BPL, I like Cabela's Rainy River PacLite GTX rain suit. Still the best bargain out there for PacLite and every bit as good in quality as the high priced brands. P...

In GEAR » Raingear...
November 03, 12:02am

I like the extra room in my WM Megalite bag. It's nice when I zip it open and use it as a quilt in summer and has enough room when I wear an insulating layer in teens F. weather. BTW Josh, e...

In GEAR » New Bag
November 02, 11:53pm

CC Tri Ti
I want to get a new Caldera Cone Tri Ti W/ all the bells and whistles. I think it is one of the very neatest stoves on the market - speaking as a guy who already owns seven stoves.

In GEAR » Which New Gear are You Looking Forward to Trying?
November 02, 11:50pm

Remember, it IS polypro...
... and it will shrink 4 sizes if you put it in a hot drier. Don't ask me how I know, ask my wife! (grrrr)

In GEAR » Army Surplus Polypro Liners
October 30, 12:51am

I'll say it again...
I'll say it again, ALL tent designers should be required to spend 2 weeks in their tent in an area garanteed to have rain and/or snow. We might see and end to doors that let in the weather, amo...

In GEAR » Easton Kilo
October 29, 10:23pm

MSR customer service
I called MSR customer service last February to get some new black plastic underfoot crosspiece protectors and a few spare strap clips and they sent them at no charge. Now I'm thinking of buy...

In GEAR » Snowshoe Strap Clip - Where to find it?
October 29, 10:10pm

WM Megalite
I've owned a WM Megalite for 3 seasons and found it to be a great bag. 1. As a cool weather bag I've used it down to 24 F. with extra clothers on and slept well. The Megalite is wide en...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag
October 29, 5:22pm

Prolte channels
Cascade Designs has changed the cut channels in their foam layer of the Prolte to DIAGONALLY cut channels to mitigate convection heat loss from directly vertical convection. I dunno how much this h...

In GEAR » Gang up on Cascade Designs??
October 29, 5:03pm

Gang up on Cascade Designs??
About a month ago I talked to a guy at Cascade Designs regarding putting a very light aluminized layer on the inside of the bottom skin of their Prolite mattress to up the R rating. He hemmed a...

In GEAR » Gang up on Cascade Designs??
October 29, 12:04am

I'll stick with the shell construction for its protection from wind, light misting/fog, bushes & branches and light snow. Also shells hsve pockets both inside and out. What REALLY nee...

In GEAR » Synthetic wadding: use continuous nature and make ripstip, dispensing with dead weight of shell
October 28, 1:49pm

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