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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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"VALUE" defined
Long term VALUE would be down. No question. Down lasts far longer than any synthetic in keeping its loft. Plus it's much lighter and packs much smaller. Just be sure to spray the jacket shell w...

In GEAR » down or primaloft: better value?
June 03, 4:17pm

Osprey Exos
I own a 2008 REI Cruise UL 60 (Large) and like it a lot but that design is no longer made. I've looked around at a lot of internal frame light packs and if I were buying now it would be the...

In GEAR » Lightweight Pack With Fram
June 03, 4:13pm

Just stick with your SMD tent and save yourself a lot of aggravation puttting up a tarp, THEN a floor THEN a bug net. Weight ain't everything. Conveniance, weather proofness, and wind resi...

In GEAR » ultralight one man enclosed shelter?
June 03, 1:33am

THREE lbs.! It makes my 28 oz.TT Moment seem like a featherweight palace - granted, a 3-season palace. I could never justify the weight OR the price. Given my "druthers" I'd rat...

In Editor's Roundtable » Integral Designs Wedge eVENT Bivy REVIEW
June 02, 5:37pm

Just get a TarpTent Moment single wall tent (29 oz) and enjoy!

In GEAR » Tarp in rain/bugs?
June 02, 12:38pm

The Moment in high winds
I camped in the Indian Peaks Range near Nederland, CO last Oct. I was at the tree line at Arapaho Pass and, even behind a windbreak of low firs, I found the Moment to be a bit drafty in all night 3...

In GEAR » ultralight tent decision???
June 01, 5:15pm

Rain pants
I agree W/ Ken Bennett when the temps dip into the 50s and below with rain. I like my Cabela's Rainy River PacLite GTX pants. And they are only $99. a pair, same as the parka. BTW, If you ...

In GEAR » Another: wind pants or rain pants?
May 25, 4:24pm

Get REI's eVent parka (the heavier of the 2 models, I forget the name). Great parka for the money. Plus it has a RECCO reflector unit in the right upper arm so they can find your body after ...

In GEAR » Help me decide on a rain shell
May 25, 4:17pm

I couldn't disagree with Dan Durston's comments more. He says a heavier pack (by 2 lbs) W/ good suspension is going to fatigue you more at the end of the day than a less comfortable but ...

In GEAR » Value of substantial suspension
May 25, 4:09pm

Hmmmm, sounds familiar
My old Caribou Mountaineering synthetic winter bag has a needle punched (for breathability) reflective mylar liner. I can't really say if it helps much, probably a little. I don't notice a...

In GEAR » reflective coating in sleeping bags
May 25, 3:48pm

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