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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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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

Vapur Microfilter
That is funny. I summer of 2010 I modded a Sawyer bottle with an Aquastraw to cut weight and increase water volume. Looks pretty familiar. ;-)

In GEAR » Vapur Microfilter
February 07, 10:31am

re: Problems with Nunatak
But you felt you needed to reply anyway huh Max? ;-) I will call BS on the OP. Like many have said, post the entire correspondence if you are going to post any of it. I have purchased 5 items...

In GEAR » Problems with Nunatak
February 06, 2:51pm

re: help with snowshoes
If you don’t plan on doing much vertical there is no reason to get Ascents (or any other brand’s version of a lifted heel) if you have to pay extra for it as you won’t need it and even for pe...

In GEAR » help with snowshoes
February 06, 2:44pm

what's UL
Whatever you feel safe in using.

In GEAR » Your fav solo winter backpacking tent?
February 03, 2:59pm

apply the philosophy to other aspects of your life
Way ahead of you there Tanner, That is why in the pursuit of lighter weight and lower volume I got one of these: Works great with kilts. ;-)

In GEAR » You know you're an ultralighter when...
February 03, 2:54pm

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