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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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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