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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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Colors, etc.
The main piece of outdoor gear I feel is WAAAAY too flashy are shoes/boots. Some hiking footwear, usually low cut shoes, are SO flashy they look like clown shoes.Even if they were exactly what I...

In GEAR » Why is outdoor gear so ugly? The weird world of performance outerwear
December 14, 1:00am

Call Cabela's
Weight for those down long john pants is not lised. Just call Cabela's sales and ask for a "Product Information Specialist". Those are the magic words.

In GEAR » Best Price on Down Pants
December 14, 12:54am

IMHO
David, Given the varying climates and uses you mentioned I'd recommend a synthetic jacket. My preference for synthetic insulation is Climashield due to its loft retention over time. But in t...

In GEAR » Isotope Nano/ Questions
December 13, 1:41pm

Synthetic - Softie Snugpak
GOOGLE "Softie Snugpak" and go to the military section. Look at the "Sleeka Original" or "Reversable" jacket. This proprietary synthetic insulation is so good that ...

In GEAR » Warmer Insulation Layer
December 13, 12:46pm

Roger Caffin's 2 bits??
This is getting to be an interesting thread. Well, I've yet to hear Roger Caffin chime in about some objective comparisons. Obviously the same kind, size and shape pot is needed. Same woo...

In GEAR » Woodburning stove "Burn-Off"
December 13, 1:15am

What Nick said
As Nick Hazelton said, I've used refillable plastic squeeze tubes for peanut butter for the last 30 years. (Yes, Coughlan's has been selling them for that long.) Nowadays I mix in jelly ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Peanut butter lovers - what do you carry it in
December 13, 1:06am

VBL socks
I pefer light neoprene divers' sox that I've seam sealed. They are great as VBLs and also add a lot of insulation. Urethane coated ripstop VBL socks are "OK" but tend to have ...

In Winter Hiking » Fingers and Toes
December 13, 12:56am

Cheap rain suit
Steve, Good idea about using an inexpensive nylon urethane coated rainsuit for VBL clothing. I have the pants, now to get the pullover jacket (no zippered front).

In Winter Hiking » VBL clothing v.s. VBL bag
December 11, 1:14pm

CC Inferno
I'm referrring to the specific woodburning CC Tri Ti Inferno for this test. It's made for burning wood so any other CC version would not be a good comparison to the Bushbuddy and all other ...

In GEAR » Woodburning stove "Burn-Off"
December 11, 12:37pm

What Dale said...
Dale is right. Wearing down while backpacking will get at least the back wet and make it usless. (Don't ask me how I know this.) Use fleece or, better yet a light synthetic fiber quilted jac...

In GEAR » Montbell U.L. Down Inner Parka = Rainjacket ?
December 11, 12:44am

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