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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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light weight tights
http://www.underworks.com/hosiery/pantyhose.html#large Sure, ;-)

In GEAR » ultralite tights?
October 26, 8:39pm

I hope the sticky dot weighed 0.5 oz... ;-)

In GEAR » two different versions of NeoAir XLite - What's the story?
October 25, 8:12pm

how to use straps/cords
The warmest way is to cinch them around your body, not the pad as that way you are not warming dead air space. Personally I don't use them unless it is around 25 F or lower. I don't even...

In GEAR » New quilt user.
October 23, 6:16am

“The poles are somewhat larger in diameter than one might expect, with joints that seem plenty stout. It’s a light set of poles, I’m not sure if there is any other difference from a standard...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
October 22, 10:29am

Cascade Designs starts selling them in Feb I believe but you can buy one right now here: https://www.camp-tek.com/buy/index.html

In GEAR » Neoair pump
October 20, 5:52pm

identify this sleeping bag
Based on the colors I would guess that it is from the 1980's. Many of their bags back then were GORE-TEX shelled. I bet if you sent the pictures to them they can tell you what it is from ol...

In GEAR » Help me identify this sleeping bag!
October 20, 4:26pm

Recycled Water Bottles
I hear you Scott, I love the wide mouth Pepsi product bottles (I use their Aquafina as seen in the review below.) They are getting harder to find though. http://tinyurl.com/92g6q5l

In GEAR » Let's Talk Recycled Water Bottles
October 20, 4:20pm

two ways to go
MSR is going to distribute a version of the Camp-Tek Microburst inflator that I reviewed earlier this year. http://tinyurl.com/6rrefje The big Pump Sack works well too. http://tinyurl.com/...

In GEAR » Neoair pump
October 20, 4:15pm

Where are the BPL weights?
By the way, where are the "BPL weights"? I thought we always listed actual weights. What is the actual total weight as packed? As the tent may be set up with only a footprint and f...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
October 19, 7:46pm

Hi Warren, "That's why I have the FCUL3. This is what a two-person tent should be like." And that is what 2P tents used to be like before people like me and you wanted lighter w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
October 19, 7:36pm

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