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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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down shifting a "feature"
“There is a disappointing amount of down shift in my Sierra Sniveller (Jacks R Better) as well. What is irritating to me is the way manufacturers often tout this as a design feature.” It is ...

In GEAR » Down shifting in Enlightened Equip quilts?
November 21, 7:03am

Feelings
Nah, the heck with actual experience. Go with your feelings... ;-)

In GEAR » The Future - Nanotechnology Waterproof Down
November 19, 9:48pm

double bagging
Absolutely. I won't comment on the dog inside in winter, but the idea of an over-bag, or over-quilt is not uncommon. I am actually going to be doing this as a side-project this winter, usin...

In GEAR » Using two bags at once with dog
November 18, 2:10pm

Short quilts and pads FS
My twins just flat shot up this year and are going to need bigger sleep gear so these need to go. GoLite UltraLite 800 Fill 3-Season Quilts: SOLD Big Agnes Insulated Air Core pads: size Petit...

In Gear Swap » Short quilts and pads FS
November 18, 8:42am

Winter when?
Winter camping (as in a tent) in full on winter in MN? Where? Winter before last I was at -31 in MN. I had a true winter parka, not a nice down sweater, like the Bitterroot. (It is nice, don't ...

In GEAR » It's the time of year for.. DOWN PARKAS! Advice on a warm one...
November 16, 5:59pm

re: Winterish sleeping bag
I live and hike in northern MN. For November, and most of December a 0 F bag should be fine as long as you are a “normal” sleeper. (I sleep a bit cold but still use my 5 F quilt during the same...

In GEAR » Winterish sleeping bag
November 14, 4:52am

5 layers?
Why would you want room for a windshirt and rain shell too?

In GEAR » fit check on rab down jacket.
November 13, 6:12am

questions
The loft on the sleeping bag is total loft. That is two layers of bag. The quilt is one layer. So really your examples are very comparable. Vapor barriers work best at very cold temps, and with ...

In GEAR » Quilt, Sleeping Bag, Loft-I have questions
November 12, 5:50pm

re
http://www.zpacks.com/quilts/water_resistant_down_report.pdf Take a look here Jason. There is total failure at 190 minutes. I saw both the DryDown and DownTek go all day being constantly agitate...

In GEAR » Water resistant down now available at ZPacks
November 11, 6:26pm

size
If you have a pack big enough to carry the big one in the first place you already have the room, so switching to a smaller can won't help that much.

In GEAR » How much bear canister do I need/do you use?
November 11, 10:13am

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