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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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What Jason said, Osprey EXOS. It's got great comfort in its entire suspension/harness design. This is truly a cutting edge design. Eric

In GEAR » Your fav. UL backpack?
August 03, 10:18pm

Scarp 2
Aaron, I second the Scarp 2 nomination. It's as stable (with the crossing poles) as you're going to get outside of a full on expedition tent. I'm going to get it with the ripstop inn...

In GEAR » Soliciting tent opinions...
August 03, 10:14pm

Check out Cabela's online catalog. They have lots of rain PARKAS, not jackets in all sizes. But hey, a pair of scissors properly applied to a hood and you've got a jacket. Cabela's h...

In GEAR » Rain jacket for the tall?
August 03, 10:09pm

In my experience the warmest balaclavas are those made with a windproof membrane like Gore Windstopper. Synthetic fleece balaclavas are great until the wind rips. Then is when you need either a ...

In GEAR » Warmest beanie and balaclava?
August 01, 3:04pm

Nope! Selection flaw
Sounds like you made a selection flaw. Given where you were taking the tent you should have selected either the "String Ridge" or "Flying Diamond" designs, if you were set on...

In GEAR » BA Copper Spur UL2 design flaws--am I wrong?
August 01, 2:58pm

Integral Designs gaiters
I own a pair of ID eVent gaiters for summer. Nice gaiters BUT I'm modding them W/a Velcro closure up the back. Seems a PITA to have to remove boots every time you want to put them on or remove ...

In GEAR » Gaiter recommendation?
July 30, 2:28pm

I checked it out on MooseJaw's site. No W/P breathable membrane in the Asolo Lander so it's off my short list. I'm looking at Lowa's Bora GTX lined boot for a UL backpacking boot. ...

In GEAR » Asolo Lander 476 gm mid-height boot vs. Dunham 430 gm boot.
July 30, 2:23pm

Tarptent's new models
I own a TT Conrail & used it for the last 3 years with great success but I'm selling it to get the new TT Moment. Now THERE'S a tent that has truly great design. Eric

In GEAR » Gossamer Vs Tarptent (You Pick?)
July 30, 1:31am

Right Caption
Your caption of HEAVY fleece is correct. For its warmth 300 wt. Polarguard fleece is heavy - and bulky. I like my Thermolite Extreme insulated jacket & pants. They are made from very light ...

In GEAR » heavy fleece vs. ?
July 30, 1:27am

Tuffy steeper
I like that little Tuffy Steeper. Thanks for the info. As for my tea, I like it like my women, strong and sweet. Sorta like the women from Lake Woebegone - strong. Strong women can carry a pack...

In GEAR » Nifty loose leaf tea infuser
July 24, 7:08pm

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