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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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You know you're an ultralighter when...
Every piece of gear you take factors into your sleep system.

In GEAR » You know you're an ultralighter when...
February 02, 10:07am

No problem Nick. After I wrote that I realized it sounded like I was being snarky. Sorry. Actually I am sure that the moisture will freeze more after getting off the pad, but where it touches th...

In GEAR » NeoAir Mini Pump
January 31, 6:14pm

I only carry alcohol when using most of my Caldera systems. I know that should something happen I can use wood for back-up. When using the Sidewinder for wood-only use I did carry a single Esbit...

In GEAR » caldera fuel dilemma
January 31, 5:57pm

What's up with that?
It is about blowing them up and introducing moisture day after day when it is below freezing. Not being a wimp. How much water do you think you add blowing up a large Xtherm? Now it collects and fr...

In GEAR » NeoAir Mini Pump
January 31, 12:12pm

Will you freeze?
Do you have an under-quilt, or is the ZLite Sol it? If just the pad I think you will freeze. ;-)

In GEAR » Difficult Sleeping Pad Question- Will I be warm?
January 30, 5:11pm

Caldera cone in the cold
Yes I used one an entire winter in temps well below 0 F. The trick is to keep the fuel warm.

In GEAR » Caldera cone in the cold
January 30, 7:22am

Diego is correct. They are an OEM version of the Camptek Microburst. I use one a lot in winter.

In GEAR » NeoAir Mini Pump
January 30, 6:55am

Nunatak underfills?
"Nunatak underfills (i.e. products don't even fully loft in optimal conditions)" Not in my experience. I have three of them right now that still loft higher than their baffle heigh...

In GEAR » Calculating Overstuff/Overfill in Down Bags/Quilts?
January 28, 9:18am

re: What New Gear
Helly Hansen Warm Series baselayers (so far the Odin is my favorite). Thermarest Altair sleeping bag XTherm pad (using right now). I am doing my own over-quilt project this winter too and ...

In GEAR » What New Gear are you trying for 2013
January 28, 7:46am

Calculating Overstuff/Overfill
Yes, it is based on the amount of down by weight, not loft as the baffle height is still the same. (Although it can/will gain more loft between the baffles.) And it is across the entire item unless...

In GEAR » Calculating Overstuff/Overfill in Down Bags/Quilts?
January 28, 6:40am

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