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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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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. http://tinyurl.com/bp2...

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

more
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: http://www.nemoequipment.com/uncategorized/2013/05/4395/ 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

Colder weather - quilt v bag for side sleeper?
I am a 6' 3" side sleeper and use quilts down to 0 F. Of all the quilts I have owned the Arc Alpinist is still my favorite. Here is an old review of it. http://tinyurl.com/2bnalp8

In GEAR » Colder weather - quilt v bag for side sleeper?
April 16, 5:48am

has this happened to you?
I have had one Lindahl valve canister stick open on me (out of maybe a hundred or so) and one PowerMax. That was the big surprise as it was winter and I needed all my fuel. I stuck the end back on ...

In GEAR » Canister failure: has this happened to you?
April 05, 5:44pm

RE: Adventure Medical Kits
I carry the .3 version most of the time for solo, and even with Dave for short duration trips. (No we are related...) I did add a couple extra things but find they make a nice base first aid kit. (...

In GEAR » Adventure Medical Kits
April 05, 5:35pm

Anyone have experience with the Stratospire 2?
I just got an SS2 after a tent swap with Franco. I think I won though as I just received a new SS2 (I think I need to thank Henry here) while he got the Propel after my son and I used it. (So this ...

In GEAR » Anyone have experience with the Stratospire 2?
April 05, 5:20pm

re: advice please
"Does anyone have any experience with the JRB Sierra Stealth?" Yeah, I have a Sierra Stealth with a sewn-in footbox, and 900 fill. I got it at the start of winter so haven’t used it...

In GEAR » Enlightened Equipment vs Jacks R Better - advice please
April 05, 4:49pm

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