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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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tiny Gerber
I have the smallest Gerber/Bear Grylls lock-blade made. It weighs 0.9 oz. and will do all the cutting and peanut butter spreading I need. One stainless blade, one pivot pin, one locking spring and ...

In GEAR » is a knife a non-essential item?
August 27, 10:00pm

My 1st Tarptent was a Contrail. Nice tent but not so good in winds. So I sold it and got the original Moment and loved it. Now I have the Moment DW with ripstop inner for 4 season backpacking/backc...

In GEAR » Need help choosing hybrid singlewall shelter, solo
August 27, 2:31pm

If you have already seam sealed all your floor's seams, including the corners then I suggest: 1. Re-seal the seams on both sides. 2. Look for pinholes in the floor fabric as leak sites an...

In GEAR » Leaky Tent
August 27, 2:23pm

MSR white gas stoves... and an alternative
Yep Bob, my Dragonfly has operated very nicely at -22 F. and I even baked a jelly filled large Bisquick biscuit with it that night. That was SO good to eat at those temps. ALTERNATIVE STOVE: My...

In GEAR » Winter Stove Discussion - 2014
August 26, 12:31am

LOFT RETENTION: down v.s synthetic
Jerry, Perhaps for light summer bags synthetic comes close to down in weight but for RETAINED loft over the years down is the clear winner, even if the synthetic is Climashield, so far the best ...

In GEAR » Current light weight synthetic sleeping bags?
August 25, 2:44pm

Sam, you are a gear "modded" after my own heart. That's a lot of mods for one tent and the results are very good, Weight for a two person tent is quite reasonable. We are always se...

In GEAR » Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
August 22, 6:17pm

Climashield would be my preferred fill by far.. But since the advent of DWR down treatments i'm no longer interested in synthetic bags. New DWR treatments for down like Dri-Down and Down-Tec...

In GEAR » Current light weight synthetic sleeping bags?
August 22, 6:11pm

Enan & Akto W/same footprint??
The Akto is much wider at each end than the Enan. How could the footprints be the same?

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
August 22, 5:40pm

Veddy, veddy interesting...
Been looking at this brand ever since it was reviewed here on BPL. Only external frame pack that interests me, well, aside from the Osprey "wire frame" packs, which truly are a hybrid fr...

In GEAR » Paradox/SeekOutside Unaweep Pics
August 22, 5:38pm

Fingers Crossed
I'm really hoping EB will continue their First Ascent line. I like everything in it even if I don't need most of it. I do feel they have a good WPB membrane shell parka and my one piece ...

In GEAR » Is Eddie Bauer giving up on First Ascent?
August 22, 12:57am

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Thermarest Neo-Air
I purchased a Regular (72") Neo-Air mattress from REI in April of '09. In backyard "camp" testing at 40 F I found it to be definitely more comfortable than either my lightweight ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 24, 1:22am

Garmin Colorado 300
The new Garmin Colorado ia a MAPPING GPS and comes in various versions. I got the 300 version as it comes UNLOADED (no maps). The purchaser must buy Garmin's "Topo 2008" Mapsource CD for...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
September 22, 10:41pm

Danner Radical 452 GTX Hiker
This is Danner's lightest hiking/backpacking boot at an advertised 2.8 lbs per pair (mens' 9) I bought it after a Keen eVent lined boot began to have its uppers stitching come apart after o...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 01, 10:50pm

NEOS Trekker overshoe
Long, long ago, in a city far, far away known as Erie Pennsylvania I had need of a tall overboot to put over my dress shoes. This was to help me to get TO my car to dig it out after a snow storm. They...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
October 30, 9:59am

Cabela's Thermastat
These long john zip T-neck tops & bottoms are VERY durable and very comfortable in many situations. I've had several sets of Cabela's Thermastat long johns, both medium and Expedition ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
July 06, 2:48pm

Black Diamond Cosmo is NOT cosmic, man!
...But not the worst. The main problem is that, unlike the very similar regulated Princeton Tec Quad headlamp. the Cosmo is NOT regulated. This means light diminishes as the battery power drops. Al...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
July 06, 2:37pm

Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 F, 800 down
I owned a M.H.Phantom 32 for 1 month and returned it to REI after seeing a Western Mountaineering Megalite bag, which has a similar weight and temperature rating but much more loft than the Phantom 32...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
February 16, 12:40am

This relatively new backpack, now superseded by the very similar UL Cruise, is truly a UL backpack rated to 40 lbs max. It's twin, extruded & corrugated aluminum stays support the bag on the a...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
January 21, 11:17pm

JetBoil 1.5 L. pot
The larger of the JetBoil pots (1.5 L.) is great even without the JetBoil canister stove. I bought it to use with my canister stoves (Vargo Jet-Ti and MSR Wind Pro) and it IS more efficient than my 1....

In Cookware - Other
January 18, 9:56am

Vargo Triad
Vargo outdoors has improved the Triad XE convertable stove by changing to a larger alcohol container/burner. This stove is a good alky cooker with the new, larger burner and very versatile B/C the ba...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 18, 9:50am