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Re: Older?
Sounds like a '13, perhaps.

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep
May 08, 11:29am

Re: Weight
Philip, is that the newer version with all 150D fabric?

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep
May 07, 5:06pm

Re: Snow
I passed the Shifts along to a friends son. The binding opening in the shoe itself is too narrow, and forced them into a duck-footed orientation which was very annoying. I picked up an older pair...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2014 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open: Marias Pass to Monture Creek
May 07, 11:55am

Re: Re: Re: Not made in the US
I'm pretty sure Gossamer Gear packs are sewn in Mexico. Internal frame packs, which for this discussion would include the Gorilla, Mariposa, Catalyst, Circuit, and Ohm, as well as the Fusion...

In GEAR » SMD fusion 65
May 07, 8:05am

Re: Another trip across Kodiak Island
Always impressed as hell at your dedication to videoing all aspects of the trip. Well done.

In Post-Trip Reports » Hiking across Kodiak Island, Alaska
May 07, 7:26am

Re: Re: RE: Re: new question
I suspect you're mostly rigth Derek, but one could also say that by the time they get to the PCT or CDT, a given hiker is more likely to have drunk the cottage cool aid. Whether for better or ...

In GEAR » why are osprey packs so popular?
May 06, 3:19pm

Re: Top buckles for roll top.
There are no dedicated straps for the rolltop. Either the top or middle compression straps will mate with the buckles, but I always run it as pictured above. Paradox added a nice bit of plastic s...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep
May 06, 3:14pm

Re: Raft Resurrection
I think the balloon idea would fail because you wouldn't be able to get the overall air pressure high enough. The other issue would be the tube fabric stretching. Coating doesn't just mak...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG packraft idea
May 06, 12:33pm

Re: Re: Re: microspikes, crampons, snow shoes, oh my!
" that if you have a pass to go over, those skis aren't going to be helpful and another thing to lug over the pass." ?? Skiing down is muchmorebetter than walking. Depen...

In GEAR » microspikes, crampons, snow shoes, oh my!
May 06, 12:26pm

Re: Not made in the US
You have to give Ron Moak respect for honesty and saying publically what many/most will not. I think it's safe to assume one could insert "affordable" or "competitive" betw...

In GEAR » SMD fusion 65
May 06, 12:24pm

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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Tastes good enough, tiny and easy to use. What could be better? It not being so darn expen$ive.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
July 27, 2:17pm

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
Tasty, moist, tasty, good calorie to weight ratio, compact, resists deformation, doesn't freeze too bad in the cold, tasty, made of real food, and tasty! Bar-shaped food does not get any bett...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
July 27, 2:16pm

Patagonia Capilene 1 T-Shirt
Cap 1 seems to have changed very little since it was called silkweight capilene back in the day. It dries very quickly, wicks pretty well (though not as well as cap 2), and most importantly feels lig...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
July 27, 2:12pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I use a cut-down 48" Ridgerest on every trip. Bombproof, comfy, light, cheap. In winter, I add a full length under it. I actually sleep better on this than most inflatables, but realize I&...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
April 11, 10:47am

MLD Trailstar
In summary: Aside from a bivy sack for good weather and race pace endeavors, I've sold off the rest of my shelters. It's a great cross of a pyramid and a tarp. Finished weight, seam sealed...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 11, 10:39am

Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
It's hard to get more warmth for the weight (or price). I like having a few pieces to add in as supplementary feet and/or torso pieces. It is quite fragile. Do not leave this on the outside o...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 28, 3:18pm

FireLite Trapper's Mug
A very well designed cup. Light, but seems just as functionaly durable as Snowpeak or Evernew stuff. Ideal size for a soloist. The taller than it is wide shape is one I prefer for cooking on a fire...

In Cookware - Titanium
March 28, 3:03pm

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
Note 1: This is a review of my 2005/6 Houdini. It's longevity is revealing (it may have been the Dragonfly back then, even). Note 2: If the price is outrageous, no one would buy it! The prote...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 29, 8:08pm

Patagonia Ready Mix Softshell Pants
I disagree with all Kev's objections, and desperately wish I could find more mediums to buy. The simplicity is what I love best. Actually, the perfect in all conditions from 70-10 F fabric is ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 29, 8:00pm

patagonia down sweater
Note: I'm folding this review of the Down hooded pullover into this section because 1) the hooded p/o isn't made anymore, 2) the critical comments likely apply broadly. I really liked the d...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 27, 10:07am