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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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.511 pants
I have two pair of .511 pants of nylon "canvas", one tan, one O.D. green, that have double seat and knees. The double knees have an inside "pocket" that permits the insertion of...

In GEAR » Looking for a pair of Softshell pants.
August 13, 8:07pm

Uh, well... not EXACTLY handless...
I use a drilled out aluminum pot gripper for my JetBoil 1.5 liter after having removed the steel wire factory handles. Totally "handless" for cook pots is just getting TOO silly about ...

In GEAR » handle less cookpot cooking????
August 13, 7:58pm

New Camelback bike bottle
I've been using the new Camelback bike bottle this summer. Works fine. I carry the bottle in my Dana "Wet Rib" front pouch & bottle holder, usually with some type of hydration...

In GEAR » Steripen Adventure Users: What bottle?
August 13, 7:54pm

Franco's correct
I agree with Franco. A knife nees some soul. I love my little Gerber LST locking folder for many tasks. Yeah, it's got a polyner handle but it's ergonomically designed for the HUMAN han...

In GEAR » Derma-safe Knife
August 12, 11:02pm

When considering weight, protection and quality I chose TarpTent's Contrail. I camp in both the desert and mountains and do NOT want creepy crawlies sleeping with me. Weather protection ...

In GEAR » Poll: Tarp/Bivy vs. Tent
August 12, 10:26pm

Lightweight Rainwear (Omission)
I feel the "Lightweight Rainwear" article COULD have included Cabela's "Rainy River" Gore-Tex PacLite rain auit, especially due to its $79. per piece price. It's a w...

In GEAR » Lightweight Rainwear (Omission)
August 12, 10:15pm

How about Cabela's Rainy River PacLite???
I own Cabela's Gore-Tex PacLite suit and, for $79. each, I don't see anything out there at the same price. The quality and design is excellent. Cabela's Chinese tailors are as good as a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Rainwear 2008: Current Favorites, New Introductions, and New Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 12, 10:10pm

PacLite Gore-Tex
Would GTX PacLite laminate be heavier than medium weight PU coating? If so the expense may be worth it to avoid the misting problems in Silnylon fabrics. But then it's likely not going to p...

In GEAR » Silnylon "Misting" and Ray Jardine
August 05, 9:17pm

Jared, I have a Vargo JetTi canister burner that's very light and very sturdy. I like most of MSR's stoves & own two of them but the Vargo JetTi burner is much more durable and stu...

In GEAR » stoves, stoves and more stoves questions
August 04, 3:58pm

New Item Lust!
I really "need" these pants to go with the Integral Designs Thruhiker eVent rain parka that I also "lust after in my heart". (sigh!) But since I already have a set of GTX Pac...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rab Bergen Pant SPOTLITE Review
August 03, 11:41am

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