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About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Strathcona Pack
Sterling effort, especially for a first pack. I can't take too much credit, but I will take it as personally gratifying that you avoided a bunch of common pitfalls. Sewing the straps into a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Strathcona Pack
October 21, 10:03pm

Re: Drom + platypus
My main dislike of bottles in the desert is that they provide nice hard edges which, whether in side pockets on the main body of the pack, do an uncanny job of rubbing against rock and building hol...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 21, 3:56pm

Re: Mids: Supermid vs. Khafra vs. Oware
JC, if you're 6'4" and like plenty of room I'd recommend a mid longer in one direction than the classic ~100" sided jobs like the Supermid, Megalight, or Oware 9x9. When pitc...

In GEAR » Mids: Supermid vs. Khafra vs. Oware
October 21, 3:51pm

Re: re
If you do some advanced Googling on the Rokslide.com forum you'll find good photos of the Kifaru frames. A few folks over there have made their own bags or modded other brand bags to fit.

In GEAR » need help finding a frame pack
October 21, 3:44pm

Re: need help finding a frame pack
My biased (I test stuff for them) opinion would heavily recommend Paradox Packs. You can get an integrated frame/pack (the Unaweep), or a separate frame and bag (Evolution). Kifaru only works...

In GEAR » need help finding a frame pack
October 20, 6:28pm

Re: Dromedary
I would not trust a Platy as a primary container in a place like Grand Canyon. The 2.5 liter Platys are nice as a secondary/supplemental source, but a Drom with a hose is far more reliable. Nex...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 20, 6:17pm

Re: Halloween weekend 2014 Utah trip info/ recommendations (Moab area)
Gordon, the first place I'd point you is the Needles district in Canyonlands. Probably the best place for a desert newb (which it sounds like you are). I'd check the permit availability c...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Halloween weekend 2014 Utah trip info/ recommendations (Moab area)
October 19, 1:29pm

Re: The whole piint
"People, I think you missed the point of my original post – too much gear talk/focus = definitely less enjoyment on the trail. I will vouch for it. If you hike and keep thinking how nice and...

In GEAR » Hey, this is about us
October 19, 1:15pm

Re: Hey, this is about us
I disagree Gary. That is a very lazy essay.

In GEAR » Hey, this is about us
October 18, 9:50pm

Re: Re: Re: N. AZ near Zion
Springdale to N Rim is perhaps 20-30 minutes longer than Springdale to Buckskin.

In Pre-Trip Planning » N. AZ near Zion
October 18, 9:47pm

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