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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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Inflate it
Can you insert your pad THEN inflate it? This may be the best answer if you want to keep your pad yet use that pack. Eric

In GEAR » How does a BA aircore work with an SMD comet?
May 29, 12:37pm

An excellent, in depth and very technical review. This review is likely the best review to date on the SPOT beacon. Particularly important are the recommendations for improvement. I hope the com...

In Editor's Roundtable » SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker - Full Review
May 28, 12:03pm

Which Marmot?
Brett, If you're referring to a Marmot "Precip" laminate I'd say it's only just "OK" for winter because of its low breathability and eventual delamination that ma...

In GEAR » shells in/for cold weather?
May 27, 11:06pm

Hmmmmm again
Eric Noble's idea of leaving air in the Thermarest mattress was similar to what I was thinking when reading Ben's posts. Can an internal "pad pocket" of lightweight ripstop be...

In GEAR » Jam2 Pack: Sleeping Pad as Frame?
May 27, 4:38pm

I began with a pop can stove and then went to the Vargo Triad EX (W/ the removable burner) The 1st burner was too small to hold enough fuel and after I mnentioned this to Mr. Vargo he made the 2nd ...

May 27, 10:58am

Vicky, A backpacking friend of mine just bought the same BA mummy mattress as you have for its comfort over the Thermarest Prolite 3 and its light weight and "lite" price. She loves it...

In GEAR » New Thermarest inflatables
May 27, 10:44am

I've yet to try a "framless" pack the uses a closed cell foam sleeping pad for a "frame" the can truly carry more than 20 lbs without becoming just a lump, not a pack that t...

In GEAR » Jam2 Pack: Sleeping Pad as Frame?
May 27, 10:40am

Bicycle windshirts
I think a good bicycling windshirt, maybe in a size larger, not skin tight as bicyclists prefer, would be the best bet. Be sure the back is wind resistant as well. Eric

In GEAR » Durable, quickdrying windshirt?
May 26, 12:55pm

IF true...
IF true this Thermarest advance would revolutionize camping mattresses. The reason pure, non-insulating air mattresses are cold is because the heated air (from your body) is cooled by the cooled...

In GEAR » New Thermarest inflatables
May 26, 12:52pm

Valve contamination
I'd recommend cleaning valves with alcohol or other good disinfectant after a trip. This means pouring the alcohol INTO the open valve, letting it lay there 10 min. then draining it out. Before...

In GEAR » Long-term Inflatable Sleeping Pad Storage
May 26, 12:40pm

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