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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: Hip belts
Good point. I suggest you do your research and then order a couple of packs from manufacturers who will let you return an unused one. GG, ULA, SMD, MLD and others are good about this, unless it is ...

In GEAR » torso length question
June 08, 1:19pm

Re: Re: Reading glasses
I used to carry readers instead of my prescription glasses. I found a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses with a reader bifocal. This is what I use now. The sunglasses are expensive, but the most comfortab...

In GEAR » Reading glasses
June 08, 12:46pm

Re: Beginner needs gear list advice
Matthew, Since you stated that you are new to backpacking, but not the outdoors, you don't want to go too light without experience with some items. UL inferes experience with lightweight gea...

In Gear Lists » Beginner needs gear list advice on solo PCT section hike
June 08, 12:38pm

Re: torso length question
Monty is right about the hip belt on light packs. If I carry only 2L of water and minimum food with my GG Murmur, I take the belt off. If I am carrying more water and food and the total weight gets...

In GEAR » torso length question
June 08, 12:26pm

Re: Re: MSR Titan Mini Cookset: lid for 1L pot
Dave, You fold the foil and place it inside the pot for travel. Unfold it and use it as a lid for cooking. Wind can blow it away. Foil folded for packing. Foil lid on a Foster can. ...

In GEAR » MSR Titan Mini Cookset: lid for 1L pot
June 08, 12:22pm

Re: re
A proper fitting pack is critical. For UL packs, I like Gossamer Gear and ULA. There are several other oustanding companies. You can get a great pack for under $200. Also, great buys can be found h...

In GEAR » torso length question
June 08, 11:21am

Re: Re: Sandals
Raphi, Some ultra marathoners just use the five-fingers alone. The ancient mexican runners used Hurraches, because they were limited to that materials were available to make a shoe. When I was i...

In GEAR » Good article on running footwear
June 08, 10:42am

Re: Asics Piranha SP
Matt, This is a tough one!! I have a pair of the old model Asics Hyper Xcs flats. The material is mesh with polyester lining inside of them, so not a breathable as a mesh only shoe. The size 12s...

In GEAR » Good article on running footwear
June 08, 10:35am

Re: torso length question
Rob, Use a cloth tape measure. Have someone measure your torso. Several websites have pictures of how to do this. My son is 6'3" and wears a medium pack. But, he has long legs. If pu...

In GEAR » torso length question
June 08, 10:21am

Re: MSR Titan Mini Cookset: lid for 1L pot
My concern is usually to keep the contents inside the pot. I use a cuben fiber stuff sacks for my various stoves. ZPacks sells a variety of these. This is my Caledera Cone set up. I do not use t...

In GEAR » MSR Titan Mini Cookset: lid for 1L pot
June 08, 10:17am

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