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Will Rietveld (WilliWabbit) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southwest Colorado
About Me Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.
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SUL Packs
You might also have a look at the Fanatic Fringe Alpine Trail pack. For 2 oz more you get the more durable fabric you want and mesh side pockets. IMHO you don't need to switch to the more padde...

In GEAR » SUL backpacks
April 21, 8:14am

GoLite Galaxy
Another lightweight larger volume pack to consider is the GoLite Galaxy. It weighs 3 pounds 10 ounces, has the features you prefer, and will comfortably carry as much as 45 pounds. Other good LW...

In GEAR » need pack suggestions
April 20, 7:00am

GTX Socks
Thanks Dondo, perhaps I spoke too strongly against GTX socks without researching them enough. Anything is worth a try. I will look for Jim Wood's post and get his perspective. You are sure right, J...

In GEAR » Gore Tex Socks - any comments/ review?
April 19, 6:53am

A good example of gear that doesn't work
There's a reason why most manufacturers don't make GTX socks - they don't work. They don't breathe much, so your feet get wet from sweat on the inside. And they wet through, so your feet get wet fr...

In GEAR » Gore Tex Socks - any comments/ review?
April 17, 8:36am

Keep it really simple
In the UL backpacking workshops I give, someone always asks "what kind of knife do you carry"? My answer is "what for"? FWIW, I simply carry a single edge razor blade. It comes in a thin paper s...

In GEAR » ultralight knife recommendation
April 17, 8:04am

Update on Options I have Tried
Hi all, thanks for your responses. It appears that there is no commercially available simple, lightweight fabric (uninsulated) overboot on the market. I wanted to be able to wear lightweight tra...

In GEAR » Source for Fabric Overboots?
April 16, 8:18am

Source for Fabric Overboots?
I'm looking for some fabric overboots that are not insulated. I have searched the web, but so far have not found anything besides Tyvek overboots used for cleaning and chemical safety. I want to we...

In GEAR » Source for Fabric Overboots?
April 14, 7:10am

Thanks to all who posted on GT shoes
Thanks everyone for all your input. For a recap, the input I have received from your posts and from other BPL staff is that the new GTX XCR shoes are in fact quite waterproof. The downside is that ...

In GEAR » How waterproof are your Gore-Tex boots/shoes?
March 22, 6:43am

How waterproof are your Gore-Tex boots/shoes?
Hi all. I am doing a project on "Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel", to be published here at BPL in early 2007. My question for you is: are so-called WP/B hiking boots/shoes (eg Gore...

In GEAR » How waterproof are your Gore-Tex boots/shoes?
March 19, 9:25am

Liberty Mountain LM is the US distributor for Vaude gear, and a lot of other things. However, LM sells to dealers and I don't believe you can purchase directly from LM. I checked their we...

In GEAR » Where to buy Vaude gear
February 20, 7:28pm

All Reader Reviews by Will Rietveld

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Integral Designs eVENT Shortie Gaiters
I have used these gaiters a lot and really like them. I don't mind their zipperless/Velcroless design, its lighter and simpler. I have size L. For me, they fit very well over mid or full height boo...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 23, 8:09am

Six Moon Designs Comet
The new Comet backpack has removeable aluminum stays which allow it to be used as either a frameless or internal frame pack. Without stays it weighs 22 oz and with stays it weighs 27 oz. The Comet ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 03, 7:50pm

Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
I just got this book and its superb! As I paged through the book, I kept saying yes, right on, perfect, exactly! Don presents the UL gospel clearly and concisely, and the illustrations by Mike Clellan...

In Books and Media
August 03, 7:36pm

Gossamer Gear Fire-fly
The Fire-fly is a real lightweight stove made by mo-go-gear and sold by Gossamer Gear. The whole kit weighs 1.5 ounces and includes the burner, pot stand, windscreen, and heat reflector. The open j...

In Stoves - Alcohol
August 03, 7:24pm