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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 stand by my statement
I still feel WM down bags are (in the same general temp rating) warmer than MH down bags mainly because the MH bags are not using the same amount of 850 fill down as WN does. Check with other do...

In GEAR » Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45
April 02, 10:15pm

Mt'm Hardware down bags
Ths quality of the Phantom 32 down was "supposably" (as Joey on Friends says) 850 fill and it may have been. But the loft was just not there. It was literally 1/2 that of my WM 30 F. bag....

In GEAR » Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45
April 02, 7:37pm

Thanks guys. I like GTX but may send 'em back if I feel the non-GTX boots would work OK. I'm using some heat-mouldable insoles I got from REI so the forefoot should be protected enoug...

In GEAR » Merrill Moab Mids
April 02, 7:27pm

Merrill Moab Mid boots
I ordered a pair of Merrill Moab GTX Mid boots (well, barely boots) because they come in various widths and because they are light. I wanted some ankle and debris protection and Gore-Tex and these ...

In GEAR » Merrill Moab Mids
April 02, 5:47pm

No Phantoms fer me...
After owning (& returning) a Phantom 32 from REI I feel the entire Mt'n. Hardware line of down bags is overrated on temperature and undfilled with down. I got a Western Mountaineering Me...

In GEAR » Mountain Hardwear Phantom 45
April 02, 4:34pm

If I were wearing river sandals in the Paria I'd wear my thin neoprene socks for warmth. Plus they dry faster than socks. Alternatively you can wear hiking socks inside river sandals and t...

In GEAR » Best shoe for Paria Canyon?
April 02, 4:25pm

For SAFETY I'd get a Hilleberg tent, either dome or tunnel W/ 2 vestibules.

In GEAR » Arctic tent
April 01, 10:06pm

Ted, Most "breathable" ski pants have zippered side seam vents of heavy duty mesh at the upper thigh area just by the side pocket. When I need to vent that works well on my TNF ski...

In GEAR » breathable rain pants
March 30, 12:17pm

Design already exists
Larry, I think the Akto, Moment, Proton general design appears to be the fastest pitching, most wind resistant and most efficient in use of fabric. If a light 2 layer eVent fabric was breath...

In GEAR » Dream Tent
March 30, 12:11pm

HOLY $h!t !
I don't believe it. A hit on the first reply. Amazing. Thank you. I KNEW I wasn't having an LSD flashback. :) Doug, is this your pack or just a photo? How did you know about it?

In GEAR » Retro pack question
March 29, 9:59pm

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