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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'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

Eddie Bauer 1st Ascent down "sweater" on sale
Eddie Bauer has reduced their First Ascernt Downlight Sweater from $169. to $129. I bought one this summer and really like it for both fall backpacking (in camp evenings and mornings) and around...

In GEAR » Eddie Bauer 1st Ascent down "sweater" on sale
October 28, 1:40pm

Eric Chan is correct
Get a good 30 F. bag and also carry a light synthetic fill or down jacket for around camp and in your bag on unusually cold nights. I experienced 28 F. and 24 F.nights on a PCT hike to Olancha ...

In GEAR » sleeping bags and down clothes question
October 27, 7:51pm

Princeton Tec
I'll stay with Princeton Tec headlamps with KNOWN performance and regulated circuit reliability.

In GEAR » Petzl Core
October 27, 7:43pm

Heat Loss Mechanisms
Your body loses heat by: 1. conduction (Solid-to-solid heat transfer) 2. convection (solid to air heat transfer) 3. radiation (infra red radiation through garments & their openings) ...

In GEAR » omni heat
October 27, 7:41pm

Proper use of Neos and other feltpac boots
It was stated that the NEOS overboots created "copious amounts" of condensation (from perspiration). My original NEOS from 12 years ago now serve as emergency winter boots in my RAV 4 ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 2: Components
October 27, 7:26pm

Head Heat Loss
Will, as a long time Nordic Patroller and well versed in The National Ski Patrol's Outdoor Emergency Care training I must absolutely disagree wtih your statement about heat loss from the head. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel
Part 1: Principles and Techniques for Keeping Feet Dry and Warm

October 27, 7:09pm

Articles like these are why a membership in BPL is worth it. BPL has to be the most informative backpacking website going when it comes to objective, science-based equipment testing.

In Editor's Roundtable » The Effect of Cold on Gas Canisters
October 27, 6:06pm

Design Flaw
Once again this type of tent, even with the hubbed spreader pole, has the basic design flaw of letting precipitation into the tent when the door is opened. This tent's vestibule door may le...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 Tent Review
October 24, 2:52pm

I could never get all my gear into that pack for a 7 to 8 day trip, and I have some pretty light new gear like a TT Moment and a WM Megalite bag. I admire anyone who can COMFORTABLY backpack a w...

In GEAR » MLD Newt - First impressions
October 23, 11:54pm

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