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Raymond Estrella (rayestrella) - BPL Professional Member

My Locale Northern Minnesota
About Me I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, plus many western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round in all weather, and average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I make a point of using lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. Doubting I can ever be truly UL, I try to be as near to it as I can yet still be comfortable. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring/chilling. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I am usually with brother-in-law Dave.

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All Forum Posts by Raymond Estrella

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Stupid Light
Well I don't want to call my BIL and best friend Dave stupid, but climbing San Gorgonio in winter without a tent or sleeping bag was pushing it. I took this shot at 1:00 am when I got up to, ah...

In GEAR » Examples of "Stupid Light"
February 23, 1:16pm

Golite Quilt Stuff Sack
"I don't know how long a conversation there is to be had on stuff sacks." Newbie... ;-) The kids and I rarely stuffed out GoLite quilts is stuff sacks, prefering just to stick t...

In GEAR » Golite Quilt Stuff Sack
February 23, 1:02pm

What I would expect for any single wall tent. At the temps I was at it is impossible to get away from. The vents work well, especially if I had the door dropped. But no matter what there was frost ...

In GEAR » Brooks Range Propel 4-season tent
February 22, 5:00pm

Custom 20 oz Feathered Friends Vireo
That is one nice looking bag.

In GEAR » Custom 20 oz Feathered Friends Vireo with 6"+ loft.
February 22, 8:38am

Brooks Range Propel 4-season tent
While I am not UL I do appreciate light weight and low volume, and this one works pretty well. Better for shorter folks though.

In GEAR » Brooks Range Propel 4-season tent
February 22, 5:40am

Quilt Stacking
While originally I planned to do quilt-on-quilt experimentation this winter, I ended up getting a Thermarest Altair bag so used quilts with it to take to down to -24 F so far. My son also used a qu...

In GEAR » Quilt Stacking
February 20, 3:13pm

Especially when the OP says that he got his pad so input no longer needed...

In GEAR » Do it all pad combo
February 20, 2:47pm

I Take Back Everything
"Okay so I finally got to look at a Flash 45 in person today... I officially take back everything good I've ever said about this pack. From the specs I'd assumed..." And tha...

In GEAR » I Take Back Everything I ever said about the REI Flash 45
February 16, 8:27pm

Dri Down
I gave up trying to talk about this subject because people get the different types of down mixed up. The actual DriDown: and Downtek: is a nano-tech applic...

In GEAR » Dri Down, Does it work?
February 12, 3:34pm

White gas
I switched to white gas a couple years ago. It is cheaper since I always have a gallon or two around, and dries faster.

In GEAR » CA - Thinning Silicone with Klean Strip Odorless Mineral Spirits Problem
February 12, 3:23pm

All Reader Reviews by Raymond Estrella

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Osprey Exos 58
Osprey Exos 58 Backpack Size: Large Year manufactured: 2009 Weight listed: 2 lb 10 oz (1185 g) Actual weight 2 lb 9.8 oz (1180 g) Volume listed: 3700 cu in (61 L) Load weight capacity sugg...

In Backpacks - External Frame
June 15, 7:47pm

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
I bought one of the first Seedhouse SL2s in 2004. Last year I bought the new, lighter version pairing it with carbon fiber poles and Ti stakes to make a total weight package of 2 lb 15 oz (1.33 kg). I...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
February 16, 3:37pm