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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Re: Question for 3-pin boot users
Odd that the Alaska duckbill is so near the end of what works in 3 pin bindings. The old nordic-only 3 pins of 3 decades ago used a thinner duckbill, but those boots and bindings are all but extin...

In Winter Hiking » Question for 3-pin boot users
January 16, 1:20pm

Re: snow
I wouldn't get too excited about extrapolating snow levels until the end of March. Late winter storms and early spring heat (or lack thereof) makes the difference. There will be snow above 6k...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
January 15, 11:25am

Re: Re: They did it!!!
B/C the Free Dawn is a harder and more visionary accomplishment than the Free Salathe was, even controlling for relative difficulty at the time. There were a number of 13b/c cracks around in the l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » They did it!!!
January 15, 11:21am

Re: Long Torso Daypack suggestions?
Even if you don't use a hipbelt having a pack with proper torso length is nice so it can sit in the right spot. Such packs also tend to have shoulder straps which are long enough. The small...

In GEAR » Long Torso Daypack suggestions?
January 14, 2:52pm

Re: Where are you excited to go in 2015?
Leaving for New Zealand in 2 days.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where are you excited to go in 2015?
January 14, 11:48am

Re: Padding
Nice rig Philip. I like the Kuiudox. All the Paradox packs require fairly careful packing too keep from getting poked; no way to save weight and have the protection of a framesheet all at the s...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Version of the Unaweep Pack
January 13, 12:11pm

Re: do tarps really open yourself up to the outdoors?
A bigger tarp pitched higher will help. Semi-transparent cuben or spinnaker is pretty cool in this respect.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » do tarps really open yourself up to the outdoors?
January 13, 12:06pm

Re: National Parks visits hit a record 249 million
It's not clear to me the increase is anything more than a continuation of normal growth, adjusted from the Oct '13 shutdown. For example, Arches visitation went up 200,000, but that could ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » National Parks visits hit a record 249 million
January 13, 12:00pm

Re: soaking vs brushing to apply silicone to an old tent
Pretty sure the exterior side of the Fling is silnylon. If you're concerned about waterproofing, dilute a bunch of 100% silicone in mineral spirits (the mixture should be thin and semi-translu...

In GEAR » soaking vs brushing to apply silicone to an old tent
January 13, 11:40am

Re: pairing a ridgerest with an do you carry that darned thing??
Strapping the pad horizontally on top usually works fine, unless you're doing some pretty thick off-trail travel. The ridgerest will get torn up, but that won't hurt it functionally.

In GEAR » pairing a ridgerest with an do you carry that darned thing??
January 13, 11:32am

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