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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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Not light but...
My REI Kimtah eVent parks (ex. lg. to fit over puffy) weighs 15.5 oz. and the price was RIGHT on a 20% off sale. Note: I may add waterproof pit zips and that would push it just over one pound. ...

In GEAR » Cutting edge rain shells?
July 03, 12:58pm

Tarptent Winter Tent?
Aside from the Scarp 1 and 2 and Moment DW there are few TT tents that can be classified as "winter" tents, able to withstand a good gale, say an all night 50 - 65 mph wind. Hilleberg has...

In GEAR » Tarptent Thread
July 03, 12:54pm

Whut Monkey sed
But make a small envelope of Tyvek for the stakes to keep the points from poking something.

In GEAR » Packing the stakes for cook kit
July 03, 12:45pm

Two answers
1. Leave the pole handle marks as-is. They give it "character" and backcountry cred. 2. Use Shoe Goo transparent repair in the light mesh. It won't look good but will hold things t...

In GEAR » Gear damage - suggestions please
July 03, 12:43pm

"micro grid fabric"
Eh, I'm not so excited about "micro grid" fabrics. I have a couple of Cabela's zippered mock turtle neck poly tops with roughly a 3/16 grid size in the interior. They were fine...

In GEAR » NEW Patagonia stuff for Fall 2015
July 01, 9:59pm

Roger, Oiled silk tent, Now that's thinking that I'm asking for. Light and highly water resistant. As a Rev. War re-enactor we used white, untreated cotton tents which actually worked on...

In GEAR » Back to the 1700s
June 30, 1:24pm

SUL forum for this question
I think you'd find a MUCH more receptive crowd over in the SUL page. Lots of people there eschew hip belts. It is the "au currant" style for many there. I say "style" advise...

In GEAR » No Hipbelt
June 30, 12:56pm

"hot" and 'VEGAS HOTTT
Here in the 'Vegas valley it's been over 105 F. for the last 14 days. Some days were 112 F. and 113 F. So here a "hot car" might mean easily 120+ inside the car. I leave NO bac...

In GEAR » Gear and hot car
June 30, 12:51pm

"Embrace the suck"
(As the SEALs say) Yeah, if it's VERY wet GTX boots will likely fail after a few days. Just get good draining boots or shoes like Merrill Moabs and wear synthetic/wool blend socks. Take 3 pa...

In GEAR » PNW rain footwear... recommendations, please...
June 29, 4:59pm

Yellowstone "bear/ car break-ins"
Gary, Rangers told us that if we parked at Toulmene (sp?) Meadows bears there WILL absolutely tear car doors open to get a bag of Natchos.

In GEAR » PNW: Do Bears Break into Cars????
June 29, 4:53pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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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

Henry patiently answered all my questions, via e-mail and by phone, months before I purchased my Contrail. Once I got my tent and saw the excellent design and construction I realized one thing. Hen...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 18, 9:43am

MSR Dragonfly Multi-fuel
After purchasing a Primus "adjustable" multi-fuel stove and being unable to simmer low enough to bake with it I returned it to EMS and got the MSR Dragonfly. To my delight it simmered PERFEC...

In Stoves - White Gas
January 16, 6:15pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
I bought my Backpacking Light ESBIT stove as a superlight emergency stove. I tested it with a cut down MSR windscreen & the included base reflector. The reflector is, to me, more of a safety item...

In Stoves - Other
January 16, 5:50pm

5.11 gear Tactical nylon pants
5.11 is a company that makes law enforcement gear. There Tactical pants are made in either nylon canvas or cotton canvas. I chose nylon for its fast drying ability and safety in wet conditions. Th...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 16, 12:24am

Vargo Outdoors Jet-Ti
The Jet-Ti is a minimalist canister stove similar to the MSR Pocket Rocket and Brunton/Primus Crux, et al. The difference is that the Jet-Ti is made mostly from titanium and therefore is quite strong...

In Stoves - Canister
January 15, 2:13pm

Western Mountaineering Megalite
I just tested my Western Mountaineering Megalite summer bag last night in my backyard here in Henderson, NV (Las Vegas' southern suburb). It was a chilly 22F and I soon learned the bag would handl...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 13, 1:59pm

Tarptent Contrail
The TarpTent Contrail is the result of Henry Shires' years of experience & customer feedback and it shows in every detail. Only in Hilleberg tents will you find such attention to detail. As...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
January 12, 10:06pm

MSR Wind Pro
This stove is a "remote canister" type W/ a braided stainless line from the canister to the 3- legged burner. "Wind Pro" means you can, and should, use a full windscreen around t...

In Stoves - Canister
January 11, 2:25am