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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
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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Running shoes bad for the joints?
Cameron, Some excellent points made in your last 3 posts in this thread. If you hike barefoot or in 5 fingers, you will place more weight and center of gravity on the ball of the foot, rather th...

In GEAR » Running shoes bad for the joints?
February 03, 6:49pm

Re: Spinntwin
Jim, Thank you for the compliment!! Yes the material is noisy. Just picking it up you hear it crackle. But pitch it tight. It has never woken me up. Keep in mind that the SpinnTwinn has a cat...

In GEAR » GG The One - Photos?
February 03, 6:32pm

Re: text from the TSA web page
I know you can carry a BIC lighter. I have won that agrument twice, and one of the times was last week (a new TSA employee). Are going to check anything? If so, I would fill a rubbing alcohol bo...

In GEAR » air travel with a backpacker stove
February 03, 5:59pm

Re: TT Moment
Eric, The Moment looks like a piece of great engineering. But for me a SpinnTwinn provides almost twice as much floor space as the Moment including its vestible. The SpinnTwinn is so palatial, t...

In GEAR » GG The One - Photos?
February 03, 3:50pm

My size 43 weigh 13.4 oz. They are fine for maintained trails. Since I do a lot of cross country hiking they don't work well in that environment. I do run in them in the desert, and even on ...

In GEAR » Vibram Five Fingers in KS
February 03, 2:07pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: essence
Sid, My large reads 6.7oz on my scale. Also, not sure how much those vents are going to help. I think you might be a little unhappy with the medium.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Marmot Essence
February 01, 6:41pm

Re: Re: essence
Sid, We shall see. The earlier version of the Essence was a lot heavier... I think something like 11oz. And if I remember correctly, the Maromott Website does not have the Essence weight posted,...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Marmot Essence
February 01, 6:14pm

Re: Found size Medium
Sid, I am 5'11" and around 150+ lbs. In most shirts jackets a medium fits perfect, but I always prefer a large. Wearing my Large Montbell Ex UL Down Jacket, the large Essesnce fits just...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Marmot Essence
February 01, 5:11pm

Re: My 2c
Over the years I have gone back and forth between and Poncho/Tarp and a 8' X 10' tarp. Currently I am back in the tarp camp, using a GG SpinnTwinn. With a rain jacket and the large tarp, yo...

In GEAR » PCT sleep system help
February 01, 2:33pm

Re: Feet protection
Pieter, Yes, I hike a lot in the Lower Colorado desert, Joshua Tree, and Mohave Preserve. The only problem plant I have is with Jumping Chollas. Watch out for those suckers!! If I am hiking i...

In GEAR » Running shoes bad for the joints?
February 01, 1:48am

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