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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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dual hipbelt tensioners
The Lightwave Wildtrek belt has these dual side tensioner belts which permit some "tilting" of the hipbelt in relation to the pack's frame. (see the article photos) This permits be...

In GEAR » Split your hipbelt??
September 10, 1:55pm

I felt the same way as the OP and my solution is as follows: Merrill makes both a low and "mid" cut Moab Ventilator boot. I own both - the mid cut Moab is in Gore-Tex for when I know I...

In GEAR » Maximized walking/hikinbg shoe design
September 10, 1:48pm

Split your hipbelt??
After reading Roger Caffin's Part B review of light backpack suspension systems I'm impressed (as was he) with Lightwave's "split" hipbelts on their packs. I really feel this ...

In GEAR » Split your hipbelt??
September 10, 1:39pm

Split Hip Belts...
I have 2 internal frame packs with varying hipbelt comfort. One, an original Dana Designs Terraplane, fits wonderfully (only B/C it's the 3rd belt from Dana that I tried!). The other is the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1B: Theory and Technology
September 10, 1:14pm

The Integral Designs eVent rain parkas all have (or had) noisy fabric. I like REI's eVent parkas for their features, reasonable prices and non-shiney, non-noisy fabrics.

In GEAR » Event rain jacket
September 09, 11:52pm

Personally, being the owner of 2 very good, very warn synthgetic winter bags I'd NEVER get anothr synthetic winter bag. They are heavy and lose loft with use, even with the best of care during ...

In GEAR » new winter sleeping bag
September 09, 11:45pm

I second Eric's suggestion of a filter & Katadyn chlorine dioxide tablets. The Shanghai $hits (or Green Apple Quickstep)are NOT fun! Never eat ice or ice cream B/C the water used in it m...

In GEAR » SE Asia: clothing to take?
September 03, 8:30pm

I second Mary's suggestion to get a Double Rainbow if you want a single wall tent B/C, as she said, it has 2 nice vestibules and is very storm worthy in its shape. Also it can be made free stan...

In GEAR » Question about Tarptent Squall 2 vestibule
September 03, 8:06pm

Thanks Roger
A good review of volume. Now on to more subjective topics like adjustability, hip belt comfort, shoulder strap comfort, lift straps (yes/no), side pocket attatchment provisions (yes/no) etc. And...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1A: Testing Overview and List of Packs Tested
September 01, 8:20pm

Great to know
Thanks for this thread. Very informative. I live in Las Vegas & am planning a solo TRT backpack in October.

In GEAR » Maps not matching up
August 31, 9:14pm

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