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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Northern Lites Snowshoe Mod
Looks pretty pro. A nice enhancement for the Northern Lites. What type of alu did you use?

In Make Your Own Gear » Northern Lites Snowshoe Mod
November 28, 10:42am

Re: Re: 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
In 2013 Malto finished ~3 hours after me and ~2 hours after Greg. His route was shortest of the three by a good 20 miles, had a ton of snow, and he didn't have a boat. Good evidence that a fa...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
November 26, 12:22pm

Re: Re: 2015 BMWO
It's interesting you mention ticks. This year I hunted bears in the N Fork Blackfoot in early May and picked a bunch of ticks off me. Had an even worse experience at the same time of year in ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
November 26, 12:14pm

Re: winter boot
Adan, my wife had the gen 1 Trail Gloves, and based on my recollection of those, I think the Crosser Mids are comparable.

In GEAR » Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
November 25, 10:40am

Re: Re: Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody); Best insulation layer over Alpha, down or synthetic?
"Question: For your outer insulation jacket over the Nano Air, down or synthetic? Down will be warmer for the weight, but will it be a problem if you're pushing moisture into the outer dow...

In GEAR » Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
November 24, 9:31pm

Re: The 3 yard shelter challenge
Nice! Have fun on the Royal Arch.

In Make Your Own Gear » The 3 yard shelter challenge
November 24, 10:48am

Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
I was skeptical from the beginning about Polartec Alpha. The very idea of making a shelled insulation garment more breathable seemed questionable at best, as it seemed rather likely that light fle...

In GEAR » Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
November 24, 10:37am

Re: What about for running?
Derek, I don't run, so I can't comment on that in particular.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Neoprene Socks & Condensation
November 24, 10:08am

Re: Re: Winter boots/shoes
The Zamberlans are long for the size, but on the narrower side of normal in terms of forefoot width. The width is great for me, but I do not have wide feet.

In GEAR » Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
November 24, 10:06am

Re: winter clothing advice/critique
Lucas, aside from a warmer jacket for camp and breaks I think you're all set. Something with 4-6 oz of quality down (ex the Montbell Frost Smoke or Frostline coats) would be a good option. ...

In Gear Lists » winter clothing advice/critique
November 21, 11:00am

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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Patagonia DAS Parka
Please note: my comments pertain to the 2009 Primaloft One version of the DAS. I have to agree that this is not an ultralight piece of gear. Not insofar as the insulation goes (the P-One is great ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 27, 9:58am

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
SL, you must be a big dude ;) The only change I'd make to mine is to slim it down a bit, but I'm skinny. Otherwise, it's Western Mountaineering. Bomber quality and attention to deta...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
October 30, 11:34pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
After seeing how well Chris Plesko's worked last fall, I had to have one. The wait for it to come into stock was long, and the price for something so small seemed silly, but it's now one of m...

In Stoves - Other
August 27, 10:14am

Evernew Titanium Sierra Style Cup
The previous reviewers thoughts on the limitations of the Sierra cup shape are well taken. It's small, and only works for certain circumstances, but in those circumstances it works very well. ...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 27, 10:05am

evernew ultralight 1.3l ti pot
I've had mine since 2004. It's been used with a Dragonfly, Esbit ti wing stove, and quite a lot on a campfire. The nonstick feature may not last forever, but the rest of it has been impressi...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 27, 10:00am

MSR E-Wing
I'm giving this a five because I have no complaints, provided you keep in mind what this critter is (small). The E-wing is not big enough to provide fail-safe solo protection for one person in ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
July 31, 3:32pm

Black Diamond First Light
It might be. I've had my Firstlight since 2004. I pro-dealed one of the very first to hit the market. I seam sealed it thoroughly, and have been using it without fuss ever since. The desig...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
July 05, 2:27pm

Smartwool Beanie
I've yet to experience any stretch or sag with mine. It's warm but not too warm, tight (but not too) on my big head, and most importantly long enough to cover my ears. It wicks very well...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
May 19, 7:57pm

Patagonia Spraymaster
I like the stretchy fabric, I like the athletic cut (the medium is ideal for me at 5'11" and 160ish), and the minimal features. I don't care or expect much from breathability in a hard s...

In Clothing - Raingear
May 19, 7:47pm

Petzl Tikka
I have a first gen Tikka, bought in October of 2000. I change batteries when needed (hardly ever compared to my old Petzl Micro!), and replaced the stretched out elastic band several years ago (Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
December 06, 7:14pm