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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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For a mere $4,500. you can buy a rifle that has an integrated laser & scope that, once the target is lased, will AUTOMATICALLY fire the rifle when the crosshair is back on target. (you DO have ...

In GEAR » Anti-Drone !
November 18, 2:08pm

Starbucks VIA
For me VIA is the answer for good coffee on the trail. I've tried filling my own tea bags with ground coffee but VIA beats them all.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backcountry coffee
November 10, 12:49am

And we wait...
... for such a test. Maybe we can ask the military test site at Nautick to tells if they have tested DWR treated down. After all, It's our tax dollars that fund them. Shouldn't we get some ...

In GEAR » Down Tech - the "best" down DWR?
November 10, 12:45am

Silk, like cotton, is a NO-NO in winter
Silk absorbs and holds moisture "beautifully" - i.e. "You LOOOK beautiful in silk Darling.", but you will feel wet and clammy. Stick with wool, polyester (my choice) or pol...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Polyester and silk blends for baselayers and/or light weight mid layers in cool to cold weather conditions
November 09, 9:12pm

"He who does not use VBL socks is doomed."
Thus sayeth the Frost God. 1st Commandment of winter footwear safety-> "Ye MUST keep winter footwear insulation dry." To do this you need a VBL My VBL is a seam sealed thin neo...

In Winter Hiking » goretex socks vs overboots
November 09, 9:08pm

Fill weight, etc.
Mittens are an item of clothing that are compressed often - as in most of the time. To have better loft when compressed I'd say that 650 fill weight would actually be better than 850 fill be...

In GEAR » Down mittens
November 09, 8:59pm

Down Tech - the "best" down DWR?
I've noticed lately that several apparel companies ae going with Down Tech as their down DWR treatment. Namely Eddie Bauer, LL Bean and Big Agnes are the ones I've seen so far. EB says...

In GEAR » Down Tech - the "best" down DWR?
November 06, 2:48pm

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

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