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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.
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All Forum Posts by Elliott Wolin

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REI return policy
I agree it is not ethical to take advantage of a store's return policy purely for one's own benefit, if the vendor bears some non-trivial cost. I have no problem, of course, with returning...

In Chaff » Ethics and REI Return Policy
January 11, 11:17am

Looking for quilt kit (synthetic)
A friend wants to make a 1-person quilt for a trip this spring. Unfortunately RayWay products is closed and by the time they open it will be too late. Anyone know where my friend might get a 1-...

In Make Your Own Gear » Looking for quilt kit (synthetic)
December 22, 3:22pm

Chafe relief
The only thing that works for me is the all-way stretch boxer briefs, the ones without the seams down your butt. Smaller is better than larger as then there is fabric between all your parts. But ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Overcoming Chafe for LONG hikes????
December 10, 11:27am

Three-person tarp
If you are interested in sewing your own, I scaled up the Ray-Way two-person tarp design by adding an extra 25 inches to the width of the footprint and adding 10-12 inches to the length (it pitches...

In GEAR » 3-person tarp
December 03, 11:39am

Quilt thickness
My wife and I used a two-person Jardine quilt w/alpine upgrade to the low 40's with no problem, and it should go lower. When I got warm I just stuck a foot or leg or arm out the side, or pulle...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYO Quilt
November 21, 11:28am

Lessons learned the hard way
1. Don't let a 10-year old plan your food. He brought cans of Franco-American spaghetti in cheese sauce and then complained it tasted like worms in sauce. No one could eat it after that. Th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Important Lesson's You've Learned the Hard Way
October 26, 5:40pm

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

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

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

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