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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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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.

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

I have both a Scout: 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: ULC w/ 700: Sidewinder:

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

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