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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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Not the same
As I mentioned in another thread the Allied Feathers stuff is not the same as the DownTek or DriDown. Their claim is that they only retain "30% more loft than untreated down when wet". ...

In GEAR » Water resistant down now available at ZPacks
November 11, 6:39am

expensive
I have a feeling that material is pretty spendy. I think they have it priced at the upper-middle and can see it for what they are using. I just posted a review of my children's GoLite quilts...

In GEAR » NEMO Siren quilt
November 10, 9:12am

footbox
You know Mike I was wondering that myself as all of my other quilts have been more of a V instead of straight across. But I did not recommend changing it in the review because I never had any issue...

In GEAR » NEMO Siren quilt
November 10, 8:43am

BC volumes
I find the Bearikade Weekender (which I have not reviewed yet) good for about 5-6 days. The Scout I can get up to four days in. A Bear Vault is easily good for 7 days, maybe more as you can see I h...

In GEAR » How much bear canister do I need/do you use?
November 10, 8:31am

NEMO Siren quilt
I got to spend some quality time with one of NEMO's Siren quilts this fall. I think it is a pretty good job for their first try. I have a review of it here: http://tinyurl.com/aw56ref ...

In GEAR » NEMO Siren quilt
November 10, 6:54am

More super, or more duper...
How about the UL version (vs the heavy deluxe model shown) I will set up the Kickstarter page later. ;-)

In GEAR » SUPER DUPER ULTRA LIGHT TITANIUM SPORK !!!!!!!!!!
November 08, 7:49pm

not respectable?
I don't get it Ryan. What makes you say that? Personally I am looking forward to the new products. I don't plan on "replacing" anything. I never "plan" on soaking my ...

In GEAR » Patagonia makes dry down
November 07, 8:57pm

cynical
"Yeah, old and cynical, that's me." Oh trust me, I was being cynical when I posted their description. "when wet has up to 30% more loft than untreated down". Lets see, we...

In GEAR » Patagonia makes dry down
November 07, 6:21am

Water Bottle Bidet
hmm, add a couple Alka-seltzers and you can have a pressurized "flush" too. ;-)

In GEAR » Water Bottle Bidet
November 06, 6:38pm

scale
Just take it to the Post Office and use the one in the self-serve area. ;-)

In GEAR » Caldera Cone Ti Tri ULC "Fusion"
November 06, 6:53am

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