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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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"Laminate fabrics have no place..."
Hmmm, well m' man, there a lot of folks who use "laminates" in the coldest weather who would disagree with your blanket statement - and that would include most of the world's mode...

In GEAR » Hardshells: 3-season, 4-season, etc.
September 28, 11:22pm

yes...
Yes, my Ski Patrol parka and EMS mountain parka are both 3 layer GTX hardshells. My summer parka is "one layer" PacLite GTX. Huge difference in weight but the winter parkas offer bett...

In GEAR » Hardshells: 3-season, 4-season, etc.
September 28, 8:26pm

Intended uses
If you want an "all-around" rain parka you'll have to have room for the thickest insulating layer you intend to use (plus the other layers beneath such as heavy long john top and a sw...

In GEAR » Sizing up rain gear for loft
September 28, 1:55pm

loft retention??
The REAL key to true CLO value over time is the insulation's ability to retain loft after say, 100 trips in and out of the stuffsac. That's why I much prefer Climashield over Primaloft.

In GEAR » Cocoon insulation material
September 27, 4:36pm

Intended use??
If you don't need to stuff it in a stuffsack then a synthetic jacket W/ Climashield or Thermolite insulation is good. Maybe even Primaloft (only if you NEVER stuff it) If it's for active...

In GEAR » Looking for a New Winter Coat/Jacket...
September 27, 4:27pm

"5,11" brand
I prefer "5.11" brand pants of nylon "canvas" to Railriders. Plus they are only $50. a pair. The site is a Law Enforcement site but the pants are fantastic. They have doubl...

In GEAR » Best sloppy weather pants?
September 26, 3:26pm

eVent
I still think eVent is about the state-of-the-art in breathable membranse because of HOW it works as opposed to Gore-Tex's physics of vapor transmission. In fact eVent is so breathable that ...

In GEAR » Better rain gear.
September 25, 3:00pm

Better DWs
In my experience REVIVEX is the best available spray-on DWR. Gore uses it at the factory. TECTRON is #2 in effectiveness. NIKWAX wash-in DWR which is dried in a drier at med. temp. and THEN spr...

In GEAR » Does Camp-Dry affect breathability?
September 25, 2:54pm

AS I said before....
... just spring for a good bike bottle. screw-off lids are - "screwy" when on the trail.

In GEAR » Another wide mouth bottle
September 24, 3:12pm

Windpro
Michael, what did you use to hold you Windpro canister inverted?

In GEAR » Finalizing other winter gear - feedback appreciated
September 24, 3:09pm

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