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Elliott Wolin (ewolin) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Hampton Roads, Virginia
About Me I am a 60 year old Ph.D research physicist. With the kids gone we can occasionally afford to fly off to other parts of the country for backpacking and kayaking trips. I dream of going to Nepal, the Alps, and New Zealand, or back to Alaska.

I make a lot of my own UL equipment: pyramid tent, tarps, net tents, quilts, wind shirts and pants, jackets, kayaking gear, etc.

UL kayak camping is great, you get a real advantage over traditional paddlers who take everything, including the kitchen sink.
CityWilliamsburg
StateVA
CountryUSA
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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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Quilt kit
I too had great luck with a RayWay two-person quilt kit. Fairly easy to make, clear instructions, etc. A bit tricky to sew through the thickest layers of insulation, but I managed. The split-zip...

In Make Your Own Gear » Quilt Kits
October 12, 12:39pm

Reflective umbrella
Ray Jardine in Beyond Backpacking had great success simply taping some aluminum covered mylar (i.e. emergency space blanket material) on the top of his umbrella. Costs next to nothing, fairly toug...

In GEAR » The Pros and Cons of Backpacking Umbrellas
October 02, 11:31am

Liners
I second the post on liners. I also seem to get blisters unless I wear thin synthetic liners. Jardine mentions wearing a couple of pairs of liner socks by themselves, but I always wear a lin...

In GEAR » Socks
October 02, 11:27am

Umbrellas
I agree that umbrellas give the psychological advantage of "being out of the rain". And dressing for the temperature, not the rain, is great. As for poles, I've had reasonable s...

In GEAR » The Pros and Cons of Backpacking Umbrellas
October 01, 2:18pm

The super-warm hat no one would wear
I had some old Thinsulate insulation sitting around so I made a hat like the RayWay Bomber hat. I traced out the pattern from the hood on an old down jacket. I used some left-over light-blue 1.1 ...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG -Failures!
September 11, 2:48pm

Prolite Gear - MSR Titan 2l for $68.99 incl shipping
We like to cook, so we bring a MSR 2L and a 0.7L Titan pot. Currently the best deal is at Prolite Gear for $68.99 incl shipping. Everyone else is $89.95: http://www.prolitegear.com/msr_titan_2...

In Gear Deals » Prolite Gear - MSR Titan 2l for $68.99 incl shipping
August 22, 2:48pm

Which lights I carry
I don't know why anyone would use anything other than Photon Freedoms. I carry two, one white, the other one emitting light that does not mess up your night vision (red, blue-green I think, et...

In Make Your Own Gear » What do you use for light?
August 07, 10:48am

Re: Coleman Xtreme Stove REVIEW
Another reason to buy this great stove: it easily cooked for five in mild weather (with a windscreen of course), and probably could do the same in cold weather. One minor problem: One of the...

In Editor's Roundtable » Coleman Xtreme Stove REVIEW
June 20, 11:23am

Re: A good scale!
We too find our scale indispensible. Especially for food for a long trip...I don't know how we'd carry the right amount if we didn't weigh everything.

In Philosophy & Technique » enjoying backpacking
May 29, 2:38am

Re: Ultralight Knives and Other Sharp Things
I started with some sort of swiss army classic with just a thin blade, scissors, and maybe a nail file. But the blade was too thin for cooking so I switched to a Gerber ultralight LST. The wider...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Knives and Other Sharp Things
May 23, 11:57am

All Reader Reviews by Elliott Wolin

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Sierra Designs customer service
A number of years ago I pulled out my SD Dome tent right before a camping trip (original model, very light 4-season 3-person tent for 1980, under 7 lbs) and found that the shock cords in the poles had...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 10:22am

Rollei 35 SE
I purchased a 35LED right after it came out in the late 1970's. The first model had a faulty on/off switch and they replaced it for free. From that day on I had nothing but praise for the little...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
July 23, 1:44pm

Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide -Andrew Skurka book
Just read it and strongly agree with previous reviews. Having also just read UL Backpacking Tips by Clelland, which advocates pushing to the limit of UL, I was pleased to see that Skurka disagreed wi...

In Books and Media
July 10, 1:39pm

The Ray-Way Tarp Book Essential
This is a completely revised and greatly expanded version of Jardine's original Tarp Book. The first version was as much a tutorial and instruction manual on how to sew a Ray-Way tarp as a discuss...

In Books and Media
November 13, 12:32pm

Marmot Marmot
The coating on my Precip jacket started flaking off around the neck and shoulders (my wife's is fine, purchased the same time, used about the same amount which is not much). Got an RA number, s...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 02, 3:08pm

Gregory Customer Support
I purchased a Gregory Snow Creek around 1981. It was one of the best packs available then (5 1/2 lbs). I added a lumbar support pad soon after, for no particularly good reason. Fast forward to 201...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 20, 5:59pm

Therm-A-Rest Pro Lite 3
We've been using the Prolite 3 short (13 oz, latest model 11 oz) for a few years now with great success on all sorts of surfaces from wooden lean-to floors and hard-pan car camping sites to soft d...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
December 03, 2:22pm

Golite Pinnacle Pack
My wife borrowed my daughter's new woman's Golite Pinnacle pack for our 4-day trip down the Grand Canyon (mid-Nov 2009). She was very happy with it, and found it perfectly comfortable for our...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 28, 8:08pm

Coleman Customer Service
Turned on my Coleman Powermax Exponent Xtreme and the knob did nothing. Discovered the valve was stuck and the spline threads on the knob got stripped. Removed the knob, freed the stuck valve, opene...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 06, 7:34pm

GoLite GoLite customer service
The seam tape on a Golite waterproof/breathable jacket started lifting off after a few uses. Sent it back and they quickly offered a free replacement. Alternatively, they offered a credit equal to t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 03, 7:36am