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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
My Website URL
My PDF Gear ListSub 4 lb

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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Re: 15 - 65% off at
Jim Q... So the wife hasn't seen the credit card bill yet? :) Actually I like the Adventure shirt a little better because it has 3 buttons at the neck and buttons on the sleeve. But since...

In Gear Deals » 15 - 65% off at
January 12, 2:01pm

Re: Running shoes bad for the joints?
Okay, in concept I agree with the barefoot hiking and even have tried it some. But the problem is that you need to go barefoot all the time. That is difficult for most people who have a job. I w...

In GEAR » Running shoes bad for the joints?
January 12, 11:13am

Re: "need" a new pack
Dennis, For base weights you are discussing I would go with a framed pack like the GG Mariposa Plus or the ULA Circuit at about 59 liters capacity each. You need to look at the recommended b...

In GEAR » "need" a new pack
January 12, 10:07am

Re: Re: Running shoes bad for the joints?
I'm going with Sid on this. Except for barefoot. I have a couple pairs of racing flats and they weigh 1/2 my Salamon Trail Runners and less than my Five Fingers.

In GEAR » Running shoes bad for the joints?
January 11, 7:11pm

Re: Solar solution to recharge laptop, please help.
I have some experience with solar, as my tent trailer has a solar system that allows me to be self-contained indefinitely. You need to perform some calculations. I will use the term panel to inc...

In GEAR » Solar solution to recharge laptop, please help.
January 11, 10:50am

Re: Multi-use photo thread
Matt, Great idea on using your foam pad as a wind screen!!

In Multiple Use Gear » Multi-use photo thread
January 10, 4:05pm

Re: Sand Gaiters
JJ, I don't feel that gaiters are really necessary with the Salamon shoes. They are a little higher in the ankle area, compared to other shoes I wear. They also have a band of insulation aro...

In GEAR » Footwear for hiking in sand
January 10, 12:32pm

Re: Did you feel that!?
>>Ho Hum!? Thanks Nick for belittling our experience. If a ground-shaking event bores you, I am saddened. NATURE IS NEVER BORING No intent to belittle anyone. We have 1,000's of earthq...

In Chaff » Did you feel that!?
January 10, 12:07pm

Re: Did you feel that!?
Ho Hum... I've lived in Calif most of my life. Been through a lot of 'big' ones. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

In Chaff » Did you feel that!?
January 09, 9:42pm

Re: Pack Cover for ULA
Many years ago I used rain covers on my Kelty and Gregory packs. For the most part they were a pain to use. They cover everything and make access to the outer pockets a pain in the butt. Even wi...

In GEAR » Pack Cover for ULA
January 08, 11:01pm

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