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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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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: http://www.dridown.com/ and Downtek: www.down-tek.com 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

Yes it is his year-round pad. His sister (who won't go in the snow or cold) now has a regular NeoAir, old-style.

In GEAR » Do it all pad combo
February 09, 2:13pm

Do it all pad combo
Why not just get an XTherm? Weighs less than the All Season and has a higher r-value. My son (who will snow camp with me) outgrew his IAC so I gave him a regular XTherm as an all-year pad.

In GEAR » Do it all pad combo
February 09, 4:44am

pad test
"Will keep it inflated for a week in the closet to see if it leaks. Probably fine, but why find out later." Just sleep on it one night at home and find out right away.

In GEAR » Exped Vs. Big Agnes
February 09, 4:38am

no scale!
"Don't have postal scale." OMG! Somebody get a rope... ;-)

In GEAR » Bushbuddy Fake?
February 07, 8:30pm

Problems with Nunatak
"We go in the woods to play Robert Redford. None of us have lives." Sure we do, we spend it online all day... ;-) I was in the woods a couple days ago. The black pile behind the sle...

In GEAR » Problems with Nunatak
February 07, 10:42am

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