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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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Look at the Osprey EXOS 38. Small but not too small and very comfortable. Maybe the Osprey Syncro 20 L. or 15 L. is more what you are looking for. it too has a mesh trampoline suspension system ...

In GEAR » fast packing pack
November 05, 1:22pm

Revivex is the Gore recommended DWR spray and I've found it to be the best - so far. Do NOT try "Never Wet". It will leave your fabric "cloudy" looking.

In GEAR » which waterproofing agent?
November 03, 7:35pm

I'd say it more resembles the Stratospire 2, which I like better due to its better Useable interior space.

In GEAR » Yama Mountain Gear's new tent design...
November 03, 7:29pm

That shot of the Stephenson is exactly why I have taken the time to modify and run my X-ing poles inside the fly of both my Moment DW and Scarp 2. Now I am very sure that snow load will only be ...

In GEAR » Hexamid in heavy deep snow?
November 01, 11:29am

Eddie Bauer's answer
Eddie Bauer says from their tests Down Tek is the best DWR available. I'll take that as the ONLY professional word (so far) on the subject of testing down DWRs and base my future purchases on i...

In GEAR » DWR Down: whats are folks thoughts now
November 01, 11:17am

LL Bean & Down Tek down DWR
LL Bean, among other quality retailers like Eddie Bauer, uses Down Tek for their down DWR treatment. Plus this particular jacket listed by the OP uses 850 fill down AND Down Tek treatment. IMHO ...

In GEAR » LL Bean UL 850 Down Jacket
October 31, 9:51pm

some of my "L" winter gear
Tarptent Moment DW (ripstop inner & shortened internal X-ing pole) -> 40 oz. Western Mountaineering bag (overstuffed 2 0z.) -> 26 oz. Thermarest Trail Pro mattress -> 30 oz. (hea...

In Winter Hiking » UL at 0° F?
October 31, 9:33pm

I have had a pair of original NEOS for over 14 years. At first I used them to wade through Erie, PA snow to get to my car or shovel out my plowed-in driveway but later they were mainly emergency bo...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Footwear Solutions
October 30, 5:38pm

TWO replacement pads!
Cascade Designs replace my original 3/4 length 1980 pad (brass valve) with a new one (plastic valve) in 1989 when the brass valve failed. Then in 2013 they replaced my delaminated 1992 Thermares...

In GEAR » New Pad!!!
October 30, 4:47pm

TWO replacement pads!
See post below.

In GEAR » New Pad!!!
October 30, 4:45pm

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