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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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I think these are the 'cat's meow.' But most people have to go slow with these. I am fortunate because I usually am barefooted around the house and flip flops are my main shoe 90% of th...

In GEAR » Good article on running footwear
May 18, 7:00pm

Re: Narrow Feet
It does seem that racing flats are narrower. But keep in mind that people who race in these do not wear socks, or they wear very thin socks. Plus most long distance runners look anemic :) plus peop...

In GEAR » Good article on running footwear
May 18, 6:45pm

Re: Re: Good article on running footwear
Greg, I have. The lightest shoe is the X-Talon 212 at 7.5 oz. I actually am planning on trying on a pair of these today.

In GEAR » Good article on running footwear
May 18, 12:14pm

Re: Re: Good article on running footwear
Weights are for each shoe (usually a US size 9). Some are mesh and some are mesh with thin insulation (keeps more crap out of shoe). Look for the ones without spikes or spike plates. Nike Zoom F...

In GEAR » Good article on running footwear
May 18, 11:02am

Re: Good article on running footwear
Lydiard is generally recognized as the all time best middle to long distance coach in history. Even those today who disagree with Lydiard's methods usually accept his system with some minor mod...

In GEAR » Good article on running footwear
May 18, 10:09am

Re: -15F
Alli, I have done a fair amount of cold hiking in my lifetime, but my no means am I going to try and pass myself off as an expert. At -15F and the realistic possibility of a storm that could ...

In GEAR » U.L. Overbag?
May 17, 4:35pm

Re: Poncho/Bivy in the sierra's?
Ground cloth with a bivy is kind of redundant. The bivy is your ground cloth. But for people who strew gear all over the place, a ground cloth could be of benefit... but really unneeded extra weigh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Poncho/Bivy in the sierra's?
May 17, 4:14pm

Re: heat
Tim, But it is a dry heat. :)

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Short Backpacks in So Cal.
May 17, 3:47pm

Re: Re: SW - bugs & crawlies are non-issue IMO
Ben, To me the main purpose of a ground sheet is to protect your sleeping system against abrasion and keep things clean. So, it is a requirement. Regarding ground moisture. If the ground is s...

In GEAR » bug and tarp solutions?
May 14, 9:56am

Re: Re: smoking
"Man there are so many things to worry about other than what other people do. If someone is getting on your nerves then keep hiking." So simple, and so eloquent. BTW, we should enc...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Smoking and hiking...
May 14, 1:00am

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