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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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FS: Westcomb Focus LT Hoody Rain Jacket, Size Large, eVent DVL
Made of eVent DVL fabric, the most breathable yet. Jacket has been worn a few times and is in excellent condition, some light discoloration inside in the neck area. Color is orange. Full height fro...

In Gear Swap » FS: Westcomb Focus LT Hoody Rain Jacket, Size Large, eVent DVL
June 21, 3:17pm

FS: Integral Designs Rundle Jacket, Size Large--SOLD!!
The ID Rundle Jacket is a classic. Its insulated with 4 oz Primaloft Sport and has a Pertex Microlight shell. Size men's Large, color is blue. Full height front zipper, 2 zippered hand pockets,...

In Gear Swap » FS: Integral Designs Rundle Jacket, Size Large
June 21, 3:01pm

FS: New Osprey Hornet 46 Internal Frame Backpack, Size S/M
Pack is brand new with tags. Size is Small/Medium; pack torso length is 16" measured to bottom of hipbelt (mfr method), 14.5 to center of hipbelt (BPL method). Volume is 46 liters. Weight is 2...

In Gear Swap » FS: New Osprey Hornet 46 Internal Frame Backpack, Size S/M
June 21, 12:28pm

FS: Steripen Adventurer Opti , UV Water Treatment--SOLD!!
Purifies water with UV light, very easy and fast, and no wait before drinking. Unit has been used only a few times. Weight is 3.6 oz. Comes with a Neoprene carry case with belt loop. Uses 2 CR123 b...

In Gear Swap » FS: Steripen Adventurer Opti , UV Water Treatment
June 21, 12:08pm

Re: FS: Terra-Nova Quasar 45 Cuben Fiber/Dyneema Backpack, Price Reduced
Reduced to $150 plus shipping. Great deal on a high quality UL backpack. Body is Cuben Fiber and backpanel, lid, and bottom are Dyneema Gridstop. Lid is removable. Great combination of LW and durab...

In Gear Swap » FS: Terra-Nova Quasar 45 Backpack
June 21, 11:33am

Re: Enlightened Equipment??
Hi Gary, Sorry for the delay in responding, I have been in MT for a week. I did check Enlightened Equipment, and Katabatic Gear too, and all I found was QUILTS. I didn't think it would be appro...

In Editor's Roundtable » Montbell Down Hugger 900 #2 Sleeping Bag Review
June 17, 6:48pm

Trade Jam2
Sorry, I already have a larger version, formerly called the Pinnacle. Will

In Gear Swap » FS: GoLite Jam2 Size Large
June 01, 7:12pm

FS: GoLite Jam2 Size Large--SOLD!!
For Sale: GoLite Jam2 50 liter frameless backpack, size Large. Color is Black and Grey. Like new condition. Current model sells for $110, sell this one for $70 plus shipping. No PMs; email me direc...

In Gear Swap » FS: GoLite Jam2 Size Large
May 30, 6:47pm

FS: Gossamer Gear Kumo Frameless Backpack, Size Medium--SOLD!!
For Sale: Used Gossamer Gear Kumo pack in size Medium. Pack is made of 140 denier Dyneema Ripstop and has a Sitlight pad with it. All seams have been seam sealed with SilNet silicone on the outside...

In Gear Swap » FS: Gossamer Gear Kumo Frameless Backpack, Size Medium
May 30, 6:38pm

Re: Dash 2 review
Thanks for pointing that out. The GoLite Imogene 2 is another good comparison. Specs are: minimum weight 40 oz/floor area 29 square feet/one end entry/$300. Floor dimensions not provided.

In Editor's Roundtable » REI Dash 2 (2-Person, Double Wall) Tent Review
April 06, 7:44am

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