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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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Primaloft, Hmmm...
Personally I'd look for a light syn insulated jacket in Climashield. It will likely (IMO) retain its loft better over time.

In GEAR » lightweight jackets
April 17, 8:27pm

Go for it
Personally I'd get the REI Kimtah eVent for less money and weight but in any case eVent material is as close as you'll get to an all-purpose jacket.

In GEAR » One Jacket to do it all
April 17, 8:13pm

FORMER Neo-AIr owner
One trip on a Neo-Air was enough to make me return it to REI. Too noisy, too high, too narrow, to much of a PITA to inflate, etc, etc. I much prefer my old Thermarest Lite regular pad at 15 oz.

In GEAR » To neoair or not to neoair
April 16, 12:46am

Order Revivex from REI. Tectron good but Revivex is the "Gold Standard" of DRW treatments. Buy 2 spray bottles. It's that good.

In GEAR » Scotch guard on hiking clothes ?
April 14, 8:58pm

Geezer mileage
Nick, I hear you. At a fit 68 I'm now training for the southern half of the Colorado Trail. Luckily I have the Speing Mountain range just northwest of 'Vegas where I can train at 9,000 to 1...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New to this - how fast can one backpack (miles/day)?
April 14, 12:58am

Got it
Thanks Mark. I now see why Merino wool (Oz version) is so sought after for wool baselayer garments. Interesting mix of selective breeding, diet, exercise and climate.

In GEAR » Merino wool v.s. lamb's wool
April 14, 12:37am

Merino wool v.s. lamb's wool
Is there any difference in the fiber thickness of Merino wool and lamb's wool? Is one fiber longer than the other or tougher? Any shepherds out there who would know? ;)

In GEAR » Merino wool v.s. lamb's wool
April 13, 2:48pm

twin pad "stays"
As I've written here before I'm a confirmed internal stay pack person. BUT... I've also suggested that for those who are of the "frameless" persuasion there is a possible ...

In GEAR » Pack stays
April 13, 2:39pm

Inferno insert
Bob, We both agree that the Inferno insert cone is Ti because it is made for wood. I was just saying that for alky and ESBIT that the inverted cone MAY help but I dunno. And since it's just ...

In GEAR » Limits of the Caldera Cone?
April 13, 2:08pm

RR windshirt
Eugene, Tnanks for the photo. It tells me that the RR windshirt is essentially like mine. Mine has the vented back but it has no pit zips and it has a standard collar & front pockets. But mine ...

In GEAR » all-purpose shirt for wind also
April 13, 1:50pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Trail designs SideWinder
The Trail Designs Sidewinder is an "alternative" fuel stove that is a 3 fuel stove. I.e. it can burn alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood. What's more it is highly efficient at all of these...

In Cookware - Other
June 18, 1:41am

Trail Designs SideWinder for AGG 2qt pot
My 3 cup Open Country pot is the perfect size for solo camping. It fits in the Sidewinder ti stove and using ESBIT with a modified Gram Cracker tablet holder (BGET) IMHO this is the perfect size sto...

In Stoves - Other
June 08, 2:06am

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