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Nick Gatel (ngatel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southern California
About Me Started backpacking in the 1960's and still going strong.
CityPalm Springs
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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Hacking Wool Slacks?
Years ago many of us wore wool trousers especially in winter. I ocassionally still wear them. You can get military surplus versions that are heavy, durable and scratchy. I think Filson still makes ...

In Multiple Use Gear » Hacking Wool Slacks?
March 27, 7:38am

Re: Good lightweight pack for about 30lb?
Just because a manufacturer states a pack can carry xx pounds or comfortably carry yy pounds doesn't mean it is true. If 10 people tell you a pack comfortly carries xx pounds, it is easy to fin...

In GEAR » Good lightweight pack for about 30lb?
March 27, 7:20am

Re: outdoorgearlab
The picture in the review looks like the earlier model. The newer ones have a flap over the chest pocket. I have a newer version, which I wear when walking the dog in windy weather and when cam...

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Houdini for $48.83 at REI
March 26, 3:29pm

Re: Breathable vs Wind blocking
With the new Houdini you might as well use a non-breathable rain jacket ;)

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Houdini for $48.83 at REI
March 25, 11:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: measuring USB power bank capacity
Ha! Marketing 101 Confuse 'em with facts. Sorta like my SUV. It can tow 9,200 lbs... But with only a 150lb driver and NOTHING else inside the SUV!

In GEAR » measuring USB power bank capacity
March 25, 11:23pm

Re: watches!?!
Timex Expedition watch with real hands. Doesn't have a thermometer. In 50 years of backpacking I have never really needed a thermometer. My backpacking watches

In GEAR » watches!?!
March 25, 11:17pm

Re: Sturdy long handled soup spoon?
Is a soup spoon different than a regular spoon? Serious question because I never heard of a soup spoon. Anyway, my favorite spoon is a Sea to Summit Alpha spoon.

In GEAR » Sturdy long handled soup spoon?
March 25, 11:11pm

Re: What do you use to carry food?
Cuben sack. The day's food goes in a Ziploc.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you use to carry food?
March 25, 11:06pm

Re: 'dana
'dana works for me too.

In GEAR » best pack towel?
March 25, 10:58pm

Re: National Geographic map kit software - worth it?
I have been using Nat Geo Topo! for years on successive versions of Windows. Now running it on Windows 8.1.1 on a MacBook Pro. For out of state hikes I view USGS maps on my iPad using Topo Maps...

In GEAR » National Geographic map kit software - worth it?
March 25, 10:56pm

All Reader Reviews by Nick Gatel

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BPL Beartooth Merino Wool Hoody
Cool enough in 82F weather, warm in cool weather. Hood replaces light cap and light baclava. One piece of gear replaces several single items! Sizing is not 'standard.' But... if you review ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
March 09, 11:38pm

ULA Equipment
5/5 It seems that from earlier reviews, ULA has solved the communication issues with the addition of Casey to the staff, which must have solved that void. Not only was the communication great (t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 23, 1:49am