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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Stories of bad weather and how your shelter went
A fun thing to think back on, actually. Ages ago on Longs Peak I decided to camp up near the boulders to set myself up for a summit bid, as it was slow going through October snow. Shelter was a...

In GEAR » Stories of bad weather and how your shelter went
July 26, 10:08am

Re: Glacier National Park - Reynolds Creek Wildfire and Backcountry Closures
Maybe next year the Reynolds Creek BC campground will finally have big views. Not sure how long it's been since that valley burned, but I would guess over a century. Will be neat to see it ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glacier National Park - Reynolds Creek Wildfire and Backcountry Closures
July 23, 9:16pm

Re: First myog backpack test (thanks to David Chenault)

In Make Your Own Gear » First myog backpack test (thanks to David Chenault)
July 23, 9:12pm

Re: Effeciency
Nice job matching the camo of that strap patch to the main body. X42 sounds good. I like the lightness of the white scrim in the VX series, but haven't found it to do much else of utility.

In GEAR » New Dimension Polyant X-series 420denier fabric in Olive green.
July 23, 9:09pm

Re: Hot Tenting Market Update?
No free lunch with a 6 person sil pyramid. The Vertex 6.5 is lighter than the Seek Outside sixer, for example, but it's lighter because it is over a foot shorter and has a smaller circumferenc...

In GEAR » Hot Tenting Market Update?
July 23, 9:05pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Denier values in hardshells
I expect the Ozo to wear out via strap abrasion on the shoulder-tops, but it has not happened yet.

In GEAR » Denier values in hardshells
July 19, 11:01am

Re: Re: Re: Denier values in hardshells
Several years ago when I did a State of the Market series on sub-8 oz WPB jackets most (all?) were in the 15-10D range, and there was massive variability in how the shell fabrics held up. If memor...

In GEAR » Denier values in hardshells
July 19, 7:30am

Re: Denier values in hardshells
Higher denier doesn't linearly translate to more durability. The type and quality of weave makes a big difference when it comes to brush durability. No reason an above-average 20-30D hardshel...

In GEAR » Denier values in hardshells
July 18, 1:51pm

Re: RE: Montana Backpacking trip
Walk-ins go up first thing the day before you start your trip. Even in September I'd be at a ranger station early that morning. The Glacier BC office lists walk-in availability on their websi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Montana Backpacking Trip Planning- Questions
July 15, 1:19pm

Re: Hilleberg Tent thread
"My advice remains the same : when you see a badly set up tent, ignore the comments. If you can't tell when a tent is badly set up, buy a freestanding shelter" Good advice all ...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
July 15, 10:32am

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