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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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Light Packs
I bought the Osprey Imps for my twins. The nice thing about the Osprey kid’s packs is the way that they will adjust as the kids grow. It did take me a while to figure out the hip belt though. (Wh...

In GEAR » Light Packs for 11-year-olds
March 11, 12:55pm

I agree, sell it here. I would be interested in another one for long trips with Dave. And when are you going? 50 days is a long span. I need mine for two trips without doubt, one the end of May ...

In GEAR » Bear Vault
March 10, 9:22pm

Light Food
“I agree with Ray, with two additional provisions: It is important to make sure you get a enough carbs to fuel the metabolic fire that fat "burns" in, and enough protein for metabolic n...

In GEAR » Light Food
March 10, 9:07pm

Light Food
I think a better way to look at it is what food gives you the most bang for the buck. I am into nutrition and try to look at what gives me the most calories-to-weight, and in the least amount of sp...

In GEAR » Light Food
March 10, 11:47am

Bear Vault
Hi Roman, I can attest to them being able to hold a week’s food. On many four day trips Dave and I shared one canister. And for an eight day trip I had the following items inside of the BV400. ...

In GEAR » Bear Vault
March 10, 10:54am

New Tarptents. It's official
I do believe that Franco told me that he saw two new TTs in my future. He may be right. As winter is done here (in CA, but I don’t get to do much 4-season in MN) I will probably wait to get a ...

In GEAR » New Tarptents. It's official !
March 09, 6:06pm

Re: advice
Thanks guys, This pad is only 7/8" thick so I am going to bring a Z-Rest as a back-up just in case. I won't notice the weight on a trip with my wife... I am out of here, have a great...

In GEAR » Advice about MontBell Comfort UL pad
March 07, 6:51am

Golite Jam or Osprey Talon
I have never used the GoLite pack so cannot compare but I do have a lot of experience with the Talon 44. I really like it up to 30 lb. or so. Besides backpacking I hauled a bunch of snorkel gear...

In GEAR » Golite Jam or Osprey Talon
March 06, 7:49pm

Advice about MontBell Comfort UL pad
Hey guys, I just got a MontBell Comfort UL 180 pad and am leaving tomorrow morning early to go backpacking with the wife. We may see 31 F. Does anybody have experience with this pad to say if I ...

In GEAR » Advice about MontBell Comfort UL pad
March 06, 7:44pm

3 person tent options
I too have a Copper Spur SL3 that I use when backpacking with my wife. I am taking it this weekend. I really like it so far. I have a Mutha Hubba in MN that I use with my9-year old twins and I a...

In GEAR » 3 person tent options
March 06, 4:08pm

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