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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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Why on white
"While the current Rust-Oleum NeverWet leaves a frosty haze, Hobson said a transparent application will "absolutely" be among the future versions" That explains the white-onl...

In GEAR » Rust-O-Leum NeverWet
June 20, 4:34am

NeoAir XTherm
I finally got around to writing up the XTherm. Read about it here: I really think this may be a do-all pad for many folks.

In GEAR » NeoAir XTherm
June 20, 4:16am

F members
"Only somebody who joined the forum merely to force an issue with a vender." Right, you are such a long timer Scree... I liked it better when we had to be a real member to post. (Yo...

In GEAR » Very unpleasant experience with Six Moon Design (SMD)
June 01, 8:04pm

+1 on the netting. What I found even worse there was the deer flies. They are used to biting buffalo it seems and were biting us right through shirts.

In GEAR » Tent advice: Yellowstone mosquitos in early July?
May 31, 2:39pm

Interesting time killer
My 3-day weekend fell apart so I decided to do some light reading... ;-) Personally my take is just that if SMD told him they would refund the shipping they should have. To not do so is pretty l...

In GEAR » Very unpleasant experience with Six Moon Design (SMD)
May 31, 2:33pm

looking for feedback
My kids asked to get quilts after using mine each time I got a new one to "camp" in the front room. They used these for a couple seasons until they outgrew them.

In GEAR » daughter moving to a down bag / quilt - looking for feedback
May 25, 3:22pm

Hire Franco
What all the manufacturers need to do if they scrap this idea, is to hire Franco to do one of his string models of every tent put on the market. Good grief, easy CAD is making him give up the st...

In GEAR » A topo of your tent
May 04, 6:48pm

I was impressed that they used their own Meta 2 as the example of how a huge floor space can be misleading. I own one and love it solo but when I shared it with Dave and one of our members here bot...

In GEAR » A topo of your tent
May 04, 3:49pm

A topo of your tent
Check out this blog post from NEMO: I think that is a pretty good idea and I hope that the entire industry participates as it does a d...

In GEAR » A topo of your tent
May 04, 5:36am

Seam sealing SS1
I am waiting on a good day (without SNOW!) here so I can seal my new SS2, but I have done four or five TT's of mine and a couple for my BIL and used Henry's method for all of them. I use a ...

In GEAR » SEAM SEALING???? Tarp tent SS1
April 19, 4:05pm

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