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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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Flat foot box thoughts
Michael W, what Jason is referring to is the depth of the footbox. He had it sewn 8" further up the quilt towards the head creating a deeper pocket. Up until a couple weeks ago every quilt ...

In GEAR » Flat foot box on Zpacks bags compared to other types. Thoughts?
November 28, 5:09pm

Combining two down bags for warmth
I just did it last Thursday. We had a storm coming in and my son wanted to spend the night in it so I set up a new shelter outside the living room window so my daughter could "see" us. I ...

In GEAR » Combining two down bags for warmth
November 28, 4:47pm

Camping in the Snow
I'm inspired and can't wait to try it out. ;-) Great article, Roger.

In Editor's Roundtable » Camping in the Snow
November 28, 12:52pm

I'm sorry but I read it three times before posting and could not get what you were trying for. Was there a question in there? Now it seems you are asking about fit. What are you looking for?

In GEAR » Q - Down Jacket, proper fit
November 28, 7:42am

protecting face
Unless I absolutely have to I don't cover my mouth. I have neoprene and fleece face-masks and they either freeze up or make too much fog around my face, fogging my goggles/glasses. As long as m...

In GEAR » Recommend a hat/balaclava
November 27, 11:37am

I take a hat on every trip, spring, fall and winter. Most times I just take a 3-in1 fleece beanie. If it gets cold I wear it with my quilt to sleep in, and if really cold pull out the face mask par...

In GEAR » Recommend a hat/balaclava
November 27, 6:35am

Great, I guess...

In GEAR » Q - Down Jacket, proper fit
November 27, 6:13am

Carbon Fiber Poles conduct electricity
CF poles will conduct electricity quite well. That said I have used mine for many, many nights supporting shelters like Tarptents and the NEMO Meta 2. I am using a Brooks Range Propel tent next ...

In GEAR » Use of Carbon Fiber Poles w/ Shelters
November 26, 4:16pm

Don't do that
Chocolate is on the way...

In GEAR » Addressing ground-side breathability problems while sleeping
November 26, 4:09pm

How about yesterday?
Funny that this thread came up. I just got an email from Bob as he is showing his newest design. http://www.indiegogo.com/big-sky-soul-ultra-light-tent?c=home Now that I am in MN I wish that ...

In GEAR » Recent Big Sky interactions?
November 26, 11:39am

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