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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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Wonder if they tried eVent? I'd put monty that they would get FAR less condensation (if any) with eVent instead of Gore-Tex.

In GEAR » Cold Weather Clothing
December 04, 12:58am

Try this...
Cabela's usually has most of their stuff in Tall sizes. Call & ask to talk to a "product specialist". They will have the actual measurements for you.

In GEAR » looking for some insulation layers for a tall person
December 04, 12:54am

WM Megalite
I'm 5'10" & 180 lbs. and have a Megalite regular B/C I have rather wide shoulders and it's just right for me. So for your height & weight I'd recommend a Megalite Long....

In GEAR » help with sizing wm bags
December 04, 12:52am

TT Moment
I had a TT Contrail and it was very nice. Then I sold it to geth the TTMoment which is THE best solo tent I've everseen. And believe me, I've checked out and used a lot of solo tents in my ...

In GEAR » Best bang for the buck solo shelter
December 04, 12:47am

In winter snow I use SMC aluminum snow stakes and buried branches. Use a guy line W/ a trucker's hitch instead of a plastic tensioner for ease of line removal from buried branches. In summer...

In GEAR » Winter Tent Stakes
November 29, 2:19pm

I dunno -
I think the Cabela's 550 fill down pants for $60. (reg. length) are about the best insulated pants buy out there right now. BPL's Cocoon pants are pricey for synthetic fill.

In GEAR » BPL Cocoon Pants - fill? like 'em? sizing?
November 29, 1:36pm

Just tried it
Tonight I put my quilt both over and inside my WM Megalite bag. The greatest loft is, of course, when the quilt is over the bag. Getting the quilt to stay in place in either mode requires sewin...

In GEAR » quilt inside bag?
November 29, 12:43am

Sorry Aaron, the weight is not listed but their product specialists can likely tell you that info. The product # is JA92-0154 for the Regular length, 0155 for Tall.

In GEAR » Best lightweight down puffy pants
November 28, 9:34pm

An alternative
Cabela's sells 550 fill goose down pants for $60. Not the 800 fill of Montbell's pants but a LOT less money. I'd use them, along with my EB First Ascent down jacket to extend the ran...

In GEAR » Best lightweight down puffy pants
November 28, 9:23pm

"Safety Zipper"
My Mt'n. Hardwear -20 Polarguard Delta bag is heavy and bulky (won't fit in my pack). But it does have one redeeming factor. It has a full length zippered, expandable gore that adds 3"...

In GEAR » MH Lamina Series: True to Temp Rating?
November 28, 1:57pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Trail designs SideWinder
The Trail Designs Sidewinder is an "alternative" fuel stove that is a 3 fuel stove. I.e. it can burn alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood. What's more it is highly efficient at all of these...

In Cookware - Other
June 18, 1:41am

Trail Designs SideWinder for AGG 2qt pot
My 3 cup Open Country pot is the perfect size for solo camping. It fits in the Sidewinder ti stove and using ESBIT with a modified Gram Cracker tablet holder (BGET) IMHO this is the perfect size sto...

In Stoves - Other
June 08, 2:06am

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