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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: flyweight rucksack Similar thread.

In GEAR » TNF Flyweight Rucksack
April 08, 9:15pm

Re: VBL microclimate
IMO, VBL is only good for condensation issues. And most people do not like them (I do). You would be better off to replace the 4.5oz with more down. Also, have you considered a quilt? Nunatak...

In Gear Lists » Modified 3 season Gear List
April 08, 11:55am

Re: Other observations from personal use
Agree with Andy on the seam sealing. Also I don't like to wear merino wool inside them, as the mitts are "slippery." I normally use a Burton Outlast Soft-shell Glove Liner.

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Rain Mitt Review
April 08, 11:45am

Re: Synthetic Sleeping Bag
Synthetics have never worked out for me. But if I was in the market for one, I would look at the BPL quilts with some insulating clothes.

In GEAR » Help with a synthetic sleeping bag selection
April 08, 11:34am

Re: need a large pot for a group
Yes, aluminum is a good option and easily available. Plus it lasts. When I need to melt a lot of snow I bring my 30+ year old Sigg Tourist. This is a nesting set up, and I may just bring one or ...

In Make Your Own Gear » need a large pot for a group
April 08, 11:31am

Re: Re: Affordable wind/rain jackets?
"The combination that works for me is a GoLite poncho and the BPL Brawny windshirt." Agreed. Poncho/tarp and windshirt. Plus the poncho is my shelter.

In GEAR » Affordable wind/rain jackets?
April 08, 11:23am

Re: "Dont wear your day clothes to bed-myth?"
Depending on the temp - Normally wear clothes to bed. If cold and extra insulation is needed, then a down sweater and pants are worn. I may bring a vapor barrier liner if condensation is an ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Dont wear your day clothes to bed-myth?
April 08, 11:18am

Re: Down Sweater vs 2nd Sleeping Bag
With two bags, I would worry about compressing the loft in the bags, and reducing the warmth. When I want to push the limits of my Marmot Atom another 10 degress, I wear a Patagonia Down Sweater...

In GEAR » Down Sweater vs 2nd Sleeping Bag
April 08, 2:35am

Re: Modified 3 season Gear List
Sid, Pretty solid lists. I would skip the pack covers and use a liner. I have always hated covers, they don't work that well for me. Which is one reason I like poncho/tarps. Glad to se...

In Gear Lists » Modified 3 season Gear List
April 08, 2:24am

Re: trouble with caldera cone
Joshua, The dovetail joint can be an achilles heel. Also, one could real slice a finger if not careful (I haven't yet). If you get one with a keg, and slide the cone inside it "top&q...

In GEAR » trouble with caldera cone
April 08, 2:03am

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