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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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"Primaloft" is not my choice for backpacking B/C it loses its loft too quickly. Climashield insulation in jackets would be my 1st choice.

In GEAR » Best alternative to down jacket?
September 16, 12:09am

THE winter camping book
Buy a copy of "Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book" As a former Nordic Ski patroller and Army ROTC Cadet winter survival instructor I can say this is the best darn boo...

In Winter Hiking » Winter hiking FAQ?
September 15, 11:09pm

Ole, great stove board. Now I'd round off those corners a lot to prtotect other gear,stuffsacks and your pack. I used to use a similar but much smaller board for my SVEA 123. It had aluinum...

In Winter Hiking » stove board?
September 15, 11:00pm

Could be a knockoff of the MSR Denali. Sure looks like it, especially with the add-on tail. But those are some FIERCE spikes on either side that the MSRs don't have. And I don't remember he...

In Winter Hiking » Oddball Snowshoe
September 15, 10:47pm

Hydration sleeve
Personally I LIKE hydration bladders for several reasons and adopted them as soon as they came out. I still have a Gregory bladder for my 2007 REI Cruise UL 60 that's working fine & is MUCH...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1C: Main Bag & Comfort
September 15, 10:07pm

Try to get NikWax
Fo SWR you may find NikWax one of the best Wash-in DWRs. I use it then spray on Revivex after it dries. The combination is either than either alone. But as suggested you can try calling the manu...

In GEAR » eVent: tumble dry/fabric care?
September 14, 10:25pm

Try to get NikWax
You may find NikWax one of the best Wash-in DWRs. I use it then spray on Revivex after it dries. The combination is either than either alone.

In GEAR » eVent: tumble dry/fabric care?
September 14, 9:54pm

CAbela's PacLite weight
My Large, Tall Cabela's PacLite parka weighs 15 oz exactly. I keep it stored in its hood when backpacking.

In GEAR » Rain jacket assistance needed
September 13, 8:39pm

TT Moment mods
I have a TarpTent Moment and have made some small mods I felt were needed. 1. changed door & screen tieback ribbons to elastic loops & toggles for faster, more secure tie-up of the door...

In GEAR » TT Moment mods
September 13, 3:53pm

Precip, HA!
Marmot's Precip is notorious for delaminating around the neck and shoulder aea. Plus it doesn't breath nearly as well as even GTX PacLite. Of course eVent is teh best bet for breathabili...

In GEAR » Rain jacket assistance needed
September 13, 3:25pm

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