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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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I've owned a Contrail years ago and used it for 4 years. I sold it for the Moment which I love. Seeing photos of the ProTrail I'd say it is a better tent for wind and solo camping. The C...

In GEAR » Protrail vs Contrail
November 20, 1:54pm

Experience & design
I hope these guys listen to experienced people like Roger. Looks like their initial effort is basically sound. In my own experience tent design should be an evolutionary process. Designers need ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Nigor Didis 2 Tunnel Tent Review Part 1
November 20, 12:54pm

Treated down
"...also I'm not interested in teated down." Well I'm just the opposite. I will not buy any more down garments that do not have treated down.

In GEAR » Time for a new puffy
November 18, 1:44pm

Tarp tent ProTrail
Being a Tarptent fanboy I gotta agree with Franco on the TT ProTrail. If I were to thru-hike the AT that's what's want (if I couldn't afford a SMD Cuben Skyscape X tent.) The ProTr...

In GEAR » Tent for AT
November 18, 1:28pm

Trail Designs
Bite the bullet snd get a Trail Designs caldera Cone stove. That design will save you a lot of fuel. I have the Sidewinder Ti stove so I can also burn wood. Mine is made for the 3 cup pot which ...

In GEAR » Aluminum or Titanium Windscreen With Closure Tabs / Slots?
November 17, 5:20pm

AT shelters HA!
I hate AT shelters except when in human-habituated bear country. Then a shelter with a chain door is comforting. I'd recommend the Tarptent Moment DW with the mesh inner. I have the ripstop ...

In GEAR » Tent for AT
November 17, 5:15pm

Fleece shorts under down pants
David, I know Eskimos (OK, Inuit) have used fur "shorts" over their fur pants in extreme cold. Seems it gives more insulation to the thighs/femoral arteries. So your mention of flee...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Layering for legs at Camp
November 12, 1:11pm

XC skiing & snowshoeing
From my experience at backcountry skiing both on XC touring skis W/ steel edges and on shorter, wider Telemark skis with plastic boots I can say that I MUCH prefer going on skis. Even with the inc...

In Winter Hiking » Snowshoe weight and sizing
November 12, 1:03pm

Really SUL
Really you guys are talking SUL and should post on that page. Those guys have good advice for the very specialized gear you'll need. If you are talking total pack weights low enough to quali...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » First UL pack...
November 12, 12:56pm

My overstuffed Megalite
I have a WM Megalite. After a cool night (23 F.) on the PCT with the regular Megalite all zipped up and with all my clothes on I vowed to get it overstuffed. Total cost including shipping one way t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Overstuffed Megalite, or Ultralight?
November 12, 12:46pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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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

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