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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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I have both a Scout: http://tinyurl.com/29lmaam and a Weekender. I honestly do not know how many days out with them, but a lot. I love them. We also have a bunch of Bear Vaults but rarely use them...

In GEAR » Bearikades
March 29, 4:00am

Caldera Tri-ti SP 700 vs Caldera Keg F
Here are some reviews I did of all three of the systems to compare. Keg F: http://tinyurl.com/bqe58ze ULC w/ 700: http://tinyurl.com/7akbc8a Sidewinder: http://tinyurl.com/8hh2py3

In GEAR » Caldera Tri-ti SP 700 vs Caldera Keg F
March 29, 3:52am

good God
This may be the silliest thread I have read in a long time here. Get the pack that works for you. Who cares what anybody says or writes. It is your back, your load, and nobody can tell you what ...

In GEAR » Pack Weight
March 16, 9:03pm

Re: Re: packs
"I want Patagonia to make a $1000 pack laced with unicorn hair." I'll probably get sued for talking about this but they do have it already. They are just trying to figure what to...

In GEAR » Pack Weight
March 16, 8:54pm

Milestones for Obsession
Heck Max, I am not even UL and I am lighter than that stuff. You aren't set yet if you want to play with these guys. Your subject title and the Chaff talk made me think of talking about y...

In GEAR » Milestones for Obsession
March 16, 8:43pm

windshield VS heat exchanger
In my use (and Dave's as we used his test unit together) I say HE all the way. The Eta Express is the fastest boiling stove I have ever used and the MSR Reactor is the second fastest and the...

In GEAR » windshield VS heat exchanger!?
March 15, 6:26pm

double closing stuff sack
I remember those. I never understood them myself. If I want it to be packed tighter I used a smaller stuff sack. (In fact I never did use theirs.) I didn't see the point in the extra weight and...

In GEAR » Product similar to Montbells double closing stuff sack...
March 09, 1:43pm

add this for a while

In GEAR » Sleep system help please
March 09, 5:28am

double summer use?
Well that does not really compute for me. With a canister stove I use 1 oz of fuel for three or four days in the summer. With alcohol I use 3/4 oz per day in summer. Melting snow and bringing it to...

In GEAR » How much White Gas for snow camping
March 02, 11:36am

filling squeeze
"I haven't used the sawyer in the field yet" "As far as filling in a lake, just submerged the whole bottle until air bubbles stop coming out. How hard is that?" Why don&...

In GEAR » Sawyer squeeze vs. steripen
March 02, 5:28am

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