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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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I looked at the photos and saw that it was just the same failed design as my 1970s JanSport Wedge tent. Open the door and the weather drops RIGHT in on the floor. Not good. Plus high winds push ...

In GEAR » New BD Nano Shield FirstLight Tent
June 20, 7:58pm

Hey, thanks Jeff. Yes it does help. Looks fairly breathable, about like GTX PacLite.

In GEAR » Eddie Bauer WPB laminate??
June 20, 7:46pm

The way to measure your remaining canister fuel supply is to do the following: 1. place FULL canister in pot of water & mark the water level (scratch it on) **Be sure to purge air from the ...

In GEAR » Colorado Trail stove/fuel questions:
June 20, 12:25pm

Eddie Bauer WPB laminate??
So what is this "revolutionary" Eddie Bauer WPB "Weather Edge" laminate? What does their advertised "20K/25K" mean? The rain parka made of this laminate looks OK...

In GEAR » Eddie Bauer WPB laminate??
June 19, 10:55pm

My PacLite
I have a Cabela's GTX PacLite parka (& seldom-carried pants) that costs $99. Very high quality & great features. My size Large, Tall weighs 15 oz. Not UL but light and very durable a...

In GEAR » Safe UL Wind + Rain solution
June 18, 10:42pm

A modest proposal...
Why not use "sil-polyester"?? Dacron Polyester hardly stretches at all when wet, hence its use in most sails. Can't very light dacron fabric be treated with silicone also? True, it...

In GEAR » Silnylon sagging, tents falling down...
June 18, 9:50pm

TT Moment
The Moment seems to overcome most of the "silnylon sag" problem with its hoop pole and shape design. I've seen is sag a bit in an all night rain but not the "15% stretch sag"...

In GEAR » Silnylon sagging, tents falling down...
June 18, 9:24pm

For the price and the excellent wear I've used Cabela's polyester long johns for years for everythig from the 2-day, 100 mile Canadian Ski Marathon in the '80s to hunting to backcountry...

In GEAR » Best next-to-skin layer
June 13, 12:34am

Absolutely use the Whisperlite international stove in winter & forget canister stoves for winter. The reliability of the white gas stove in the cold, esp. extreme cold, is unquestioned. Not so ...

In GEAR » Winter Canister/Multifuel stove suggestions
June 13, 12:30am

Keene & eVent liners
I had a pair of the 1st Keene eVent lined boots & they began to fall apart (outside And inside)on the FIRST weekend slot canyon trek in Utah. I took 'em back to REI. I hope Keenehas improve...

In GEAR » eVent boot linings?
June 10, 10:31pm

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