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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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holding up
Yes they are, but now that most of my hiking is in MN where we have pretty good soil it is a lot easier on my stakes than when I was in the Sierra most of the time. I am taking them out right now f...

In GEAR » MSR Carbon Core vs Groundhog Mini Stakes
June 29, 3:13am

frost
Yes, I know that Eric. (And it happens with any bag, not just down.) The only way to "get rid of it" is to let the bag thaw so you may be right that it could help there. But when it never...

In GEAR » Best 2-bag Sleep System for Deep Winter?
June 29, 3:09am

re: DWR down for winter
"Personally I feel every down winter bag should have the down fill treated with one of the new down DWRs" Why? At -20 F you aren't going to fall in a creek or get caught in a rain ...

In GEAR » Best 2-bag Sleep System for Deep Winter?
June 28, 8:37pm

weight
Yeah, I have the Carbon Cores. Actual weight each: 0.19 oz (5.4 g) http://tinyurl.com/9fysgze

In GEAR » MSR Carbon Core vs Groundhog Mini Stakes
June 28, 8:27pm

re: ruta locura
Nice stakes. The MSR Carbon-Core Stakes are lighter... ;-) http://tinyurl.com/9fysgze

In GEAR » My new ruta locura carbon fiber tent stakes ROCK.
June 28, 6:12am

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

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