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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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Thanks for the top shot of the burner Roger. I hadn't seen that in the manufacturer's photos. I guess Primus did lighten the burner stand quite a bit. I like the PAckLite's serrate...

In GEAR » Primus ETA PackLite stove system
June 18, 4:49pm

Good Review
Thanks for this timely review AND the great comparison chart. I'm still buying the Scarp 2 for a winter tent but will add my own snap on snow flaps near the vestibule areas. Heavy duty plastic...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tarptent Scarp 2 Tent Review
June 18, 3:50pm

Your requirements: 1. good for exposed conditions (i.e. no trees to tie into, likely solid rock to set up on) 2. no walking sticks for supports 3. light weight You need a self supported tent ...

In GEAR » Shelter for exposed conditions
June 18, 1:34am

Suggested PackLite improvements
After looking over the Primus ETA PackLite I offer these suggestions: 1. Eliminate all plastic dishes & substitute a light nylon stuffsack for articles to be stored in the pot. Use a Cool Wh...

In GEAR » Primus ETA PackLite stove system
June 18, 1:26am

New article
See the article in the new Backpacker Magazine on good "crossover" trail shoes. Eric

In GEAR » versatile backpacking shoe
June 18, 1:16am

PRimus ETA PackLite system
As I posted above, I think the best current stove system may be the Primus ETA PacklLite system. VERY high efficiency rating (80%) and farly light for two people (12 oz. W/O the gas canister). Eric

In GEAR » MSR Reactor vs. Jetboil tests
June 15, 11:24pm

The REAL trick to fast drinking water is to use a SteriPen. I use Katadyn chlorine dioxide tabs only for my hydration bladder. Keeps it clean and is easy to use. Then I use my SteriPen for trea...

In GEAR » Katadyn Drinking Water Tablets
June 15, 11:20pm

Nice stoves guys. Cool designs, good craftsmanship, light weight, etc. But have you tried ESBIT/FireLite fuel tabs? Less hassle, more heat (with two tabs at once) and no spillage problems. And u...

In GEAR » Stove for 24 oz Heineken Keg Pot
June 15, 11:13pm

Primus ETA PackLite stove system
Has anyone purchased the new Primus ETAPackLite stove system? "Outdoors Magic", the Brit website, reviewed it and found it to be very efficient. It may give JetBoil a run for its money...

In GEAR » Primus ETA PackLite stove system
June 15, 11:03pm

Great Review
The comparison of similar tents at the end was the clincher. It was stuffed with information in a convienant format. Personally I'm partial to the greater space and double vestibules & d...

In Editor's Roundtable » Terra Nova Laser Photon Tent Review
June 14, 8:16pm

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