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Charles Jennings (vigilguy) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Northern Utah
About Me Former Mechanical Engineer in the Aerospace Industry. Changed careers to sales and business development.

I own 6 packgoats and really enjoy their companionship and service while on the trail.
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All Forum Posts by Charles Jennings

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If you like the two doors and the two vestibules, the Allak will hold up to almost any type of winter weather here in the U.S., in my opinion. When the Allak is guided out, it is VERY stable, and ...

In Winter Hiking » Best lightweight winter tent?
January 26, 9:07pm

Exped 9 DLX
I have three of them (9 DLX), a 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation. I would be willing to part with either the 1st or 2nd gen if the price was right. They are both in excellent condition.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Exped 9 Downmat DLX
January 25, 4:35pm

Don't forget the Kerlon fabric
Just to be fair, the Akto uses Kerlon fabric, which has been tested to be much stronger than regular fabric. I don't know anyone else that does, so from a fabric point of view, that is a BIG d...

In GEAR » Rip-off by MSR ?
January 11, 12:19am

Re: winter stove recommendation?
The elevation there is 10,000 feet or so, right? Looks like you can expect some very frigid temps. Leave the Jetboil at home. We tried to use Jetboils 2 years ago in zero degree weather and it...

In GEAR » winter stove recommendation?
January 11, 12:08am

Re: winter stove recommendation?
We just returned from a snow shoe overnighter with 7 degree weather, and I took my XGK-EX by MSR. When I want to melt snow and boil water fast in cold weather, I am always grabbing my XGK.

In GEAR » winter stove recommendation?
January 10, 11:57pm

Tarp, covering the door
I ordered and received the Tyvek version due to its lightweight and breathability. Here are my thoughts on a "porch". Why not take a lightweight tarp and set that up over the entrance? W...

In Editor's Roundtable » Tarptent Sublite Tent Review
January 08, 9:57pm

Valandre Goose Down
Michael- I suggested the Bloody Mary because of its design and amount of down fill -- it seemed to be the best fit for the temp rating that he was looking for. If he is living in Arkansas, he'...

In GEAR » New Bag Help
January 05, 4:21pm

Valandre Bloody Mary
I have been testing the Bloody Mary recently, and I personally like it for use as a bag in the temp range that you specified. It has a unique feature where it has two different zip-out collars, de...

In GEAR » New Bag Help
January 05, 11:35am

Valandre LaFayette size Large - FS
I have decided to sell off my personal LaFayette by Valandre'. It retails for $599, I'd like to sell it for $350 plus shipping. I used it last summer on a trip to the Winds, and a couple o...

In Gear Swap » Valandre LaFayette size Large - FS
December 18, 7:23am

Valandre' Shocking Blue
"I just couldn't see how a bag with 6" of loft in some areas would be warmer than the Antelope, a tighter fitting bag, let alone go to 0 degrees or -13, unless one were essentially su...

In GEAR » Tell me about Valandre
November 17, 9:56am

All Reader Reviews by Charles Jennings

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Caldera F-Keg Titanium Cone
I had the opportunity to go goatpacking with Josh Leavitt of Ti Goat, who hooked me up with a Ti version of the cone that fits with the Fosters can. As I recall, I had complained about how fragile th...

In Stoves - Alcohol
December 22, 4:34pm

Valandre Bloody Mary
I have had the chance to test the Bloody Mary over the last few weeks, so this would be an INITIAL REVIEW, with more to follow. The Bloody Mary, rather than a specialized bag which some of Valandre...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
February 21, 3:26pm

Gossamer Gear

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 21, 3:06pm