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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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It is amazing how quickly the weather can change in the mountains. You really should plan for the worst and bring both your bags and pads if you need to work with what you have. I’ve seen too ...

In GEAR » Sleep system for Camel's Hump, VT? 4,000ft
December 25, 5:55am

comments to OP
Hey Jeff, I am a quilt user down to 0 F (I have five) and am a side-sleeper like you. As many have said, I think the biggest thing you need to change is your pad. Side sleepers concentrate their...

In GEAR » Overnight testing experience with down quilt
December 25, 5:36am

dice use
Keeping them in your mug/pot on the outside of your pack eliminates the need for bear bells. As an added benefit the tungsten versions will remove that ugly baked-on finish...

In GEAR » TITANIUM Dice on Kickstarter!
December 20, 12:04pm

less poles
In winter more poles usually equals more strength and ability to handle more snow-load and wind.

In GEAR » Cheap Winter tent
December 20, 11:50am

Boreas Buttermilks 55 Review
Nice review Brad. How much use did you get with the pack? I can't tell from the review and all the pics look like they are from the same trip.

In Editor's Roundtable » Boreas Buttermilks 55 Review
December 20, 9:20am

sled for winter backpacking?
I have been using one of these for years. http://www.wildernessengineering.com/BaseCamp.html It is nice to be able to easily bring big loads with it.

In GEAR » Pulk / sled for winter backpacking?
December 18, 11:53am

I did not talk to them at the OR Show (somebody else had that meeting) but did see the pad. Yes it will come in a mummy shape, and I thought they were aiming at Feb, but am not sure.

In GEAR » Does anyone know when Big Agnes will be releasing their Q-Core SL?
December 18, 7:18am

REI Arete
Try the Arete: http://tinyurl.com/ca9926q

In GEAR » Cheap Winter tent
December 18, 7:10am

Maybe when certified
They don't tell what it can filter, or to what size. Looks like a Britta replacement to me.

In GEAR » Soma Eco-Compostable Water Filter on KickStarter
December 11, 10:48am

R value .5?
I don't think it is even that high. From my figures it should add between 0.37 and 0.43 which jives with what Mary wrote.

In GEAR » Flooring foam for more R value?
December 10, 6:05am

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