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Raymond Estrella (rayestrella) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northern Minnesota
About Me I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, plus many western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round in all weather, and average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I make a point of using lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. Doubting I can ever be truly UL, I try to be as near to it as I can yet still be comfortable. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring/chilling. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I am usually with brother-in-law Dave.

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All Forum Posts by Raymond Estrella

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Best 2-bag Sleep System for Deep Winter?
I agree that a bag/quilt combo will give you move options and a greater range of use. Check out this review I did of a 0 F bag: http://tinyurl.com/c7acw4a I used a couple different quilts wit...

In GEAR » Best 2-bag Sleep System for Deep Winter?
June 27, 6:37pm

which way
I don't understand your question. It is symmetrical so both ends are the same. Both entries have the door zipper sliding down from your left side and along the bottom to your right. No matter w...

In GEAR » SS2 setup
June 25, 5:08am

Why floorless tents are actually better for the fastidious
"cause you can bury number twos..."

In GEAR » Why floorless tents are actually better for the fastidious
June 21, 4:50pm

Knives on planes
I have had it with these motherblankin’ knives on this motherblanckin’ plane! Uh, Sam? Wrong thread... ;-)

In GEAR » Knives on planes
June 21, 4:48pm

Why No Verticle Baffle Quilts
I have beta-tested some bags that use the Insotect Flow system. Flowhttp://www.insotect.com/insotectflow.php I don't know that it really works that well. Manufacturers like to believe it ...

In GEAR » Why No Verticle Baffle Quilts?
June 20, 4:40am

Why on white
"While the current Rust-Oleum NeverWet leaves a frosty haze, Hobson said a transparent application will "absolutely" be among the future versions" That explains the white-onl...

In GEAR » Rust-O-Leum NeverWet
June 20, 4:34am

NeoAir XTherm
I finally got around to writing up the XTherm. Read about it here: http://tinyurl.com/pakpl2p I really think this may be a do-all pad for many folks.

In GEAR » NeoAir XTherm
June 20, 4:16am

F members
"Only somebody who joined the forum merely to force an issue with a vender." Right, you are such a long timer Scree... I liked it better when we had to be a real member to post. (Yo...

In GEAR » Very unpleasant experience with Six Moon Design (SMD)
June 01, 8:04pm

+1 on the netting. What I found even worse there was the deer flies. They are used to biting buffalo it seems and were biting us right through shirts.

In GEAR » Tent advice: Yellowstone mosquitos in early July?
May 31, 2:39pm

Interesting time killer
My 3-day weekend fell apart so I decided to do some light reading... ;-) Personally my take is just that if SMD told him they would refund the shipping they should have. To not do so is pretty l...

In GEAR » Very unpleasant experience with Six Moon Design (SMD)
May 31, 2:33pm

All Reader Reviews by Raymond Estrella

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Osprey Exos 58
Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Size: Large Year manufactured: 2009 Weight listed: 2 lb 10 oz (1185 g) Actual weight 2 lb 9.8 oz (1180 g) Volume listed: 3700 cu in (61 L) Load weight capacity sugg...

In Backpacks - External Frame
June 15, 7:47pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
I bought one of the first Seedhouse SL2s in 2004. Last year I bought the new, lighter version pairing it with carbon fiber poles and Ti stakes to make a total weight package of 2 lb 15 oz (1.33 kg). I...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 16, 3:37pm