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Nick Gatel (ngatel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southern California
About Me Started backpacking in the 1960's and still going strong.
CityPalm Springs
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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: HMD Ultamid 4 and center pole
Mids exert a lot of tension on center poles. You want a fairly thick and stiff pole. I recommend the .600" diameter carbon fiber poles from Ruta Locura. Also long and sturdy stakes are importa...

In GEAR » HMD Ultamid 4 and center pole
June 14, 9:36am

Re: Help with choosing shoes please
"Yeah, I know, but it just doesn't seem like an easy thing. How can you know if a shoe is right by just trying it on and walking around on flat floors? Without a ton of experience buying a...

In GEAR » Help with choosing shoes please
June 13, 8:52pm

Re: Re: Re: Lightest & Best 3 Layer Rain Jacket?
Gore's website has a lot of information about their products and a listing of most of the current products available with links to each manufacturer's website. You just need to filter out t...

In GEAR » Lightest & Best 3 Layer Rain Jacket?
June 13, 8:30pm

Re: Re: It's how you use it
Buy the lightest 3 layer Gore-Tex jacket you can find then. They have to meet Gore-Tex specifications. Make sure the zippers are waterproof. Any other feedback is probably just anecdotal. Every jac...

In GEAR » Lightest & Best 3 Layer Rain Jacket?
June 13, 1:42pm

Re: Re: Re: Best offline navigation app for android?
Pretty difficult to get lost on the JMT unless it is snowing. I hiked it in 1971 with just large scale USFS maps and no compass was ever needed (although I had one).

In GEAR » Best offline navigation app for android?
June 13, 1:35pm

Re: Sleeping Bag – What others should I consider?
I have owned many sleeping bags over the past 50 years. Currently I own 4 quilts (I consider the zPacks a quilt). I also have a EE quilt (one of the earliest models) and a Nanatuk. All are good qua...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag – What others should I consider?
June 13, 11:27am

Re: It's how you use it
Here is the big problem I see with seeking advice on rain gear. What works fairly well for one person is considered to be a piece of crap to another. I just noticed that Brian actually lives in ...

In GEAR » Lightest & Best 3 Layer Rain Jacket?
June 13, 11:01am

Re: Poncho vs. Packa vs. ...
Listen to Brian, he is a Triple Crown hiker. I have hiked all over the U.S. and in constant rain you are going to get soaked wearing a WPB jacket. It is going to wet out or you will get soaked ...

In GEAR » Lightest & Best 3 Layer Rain Jacket?
June 13, 5:50am

Re: Aeropress it is!!!
Total weight: 11.28 oz. That weighs almost twice as much as my shelter. It weighs about the same as my EE 32F Epiphany quilt.

In GEAR » Ultralight Coffee Options
June 12, 3:56pm

Re: site redesign
I am okay with the present design and I don't care about the moderator policy or rules, there are more important things in my life of concern. It isn't a government operated site, but a sit...

In Chaff » BPL Exclusive!
June 12, 3:02pm

All Reader Reviews by Nick Gatel

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BPL Beartooth Merino Wool Hoody
Cool enough in 82F weather, warm in cool weather. Hood replaces light cap and light baclava. One piece of gear replaces several single items! Sizing is not 'standard.' But... if you review ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
March 09, 11:38pm

ULA Equipment
5/5 It seems that from earlier reviews, ULA has solved the communication issues with the addition of Casey to the staff, which must have solved that void. Not only was the communication great (t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 23, 1:49am