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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
If you can take some time in the next two months, I'd look at flying into Vegas and doing something in southern Utah. You can use the online permit system to see what's available in the Ne...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
March 02, 1:04pm

Re: Carrying Olive Oil
Never had the little 2 and 4 oz nalgenes leak oil. Everything else I've tried has failed eventually.

In GEAR » Carrying Olive Oil
March 01, 9:28pm

Re: pictures would help
"The straps were too narrow just at my neck and it was pressing down on my first rib (you have a rib tucked under your collarbone - all the nerves from your neck drape over this so if you comp...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 01, 9:24pm

Re: Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
Any thoughts about why the Kelty worked when the Circuit didn't? My first two thoughts when I hear stuff like this, especially with women, are shoulder straps which are too wide and frames whi...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 01, 7:17pm

Re: 48 hours with the Ancients
Awesome Kevin. Crazy-low snow in most of the west right now. Ti fork on your bike?

In Post-Trip Reports » 48 hours with the Ancients
March 01, 10:51am

Re: Re: Overall solid list
Missed the Waterton start. Highly recommended, much better hiking than the Chief Mtn alternate. You'll almost certainly need an axe and crampons whichever way you go. Descending Swiftcurrent...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
March 01, 10:42am

Re: Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
Excellent summary Luke. Trying to get a ~45 liter pack, which has durable fabrics and can legit carry 40 pounds, under 2 pounds total weight has been a question to which I've given a lot of th...

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
February 28, 7:38am

Re: Help me lighten up for the CDT
I think the Goretex jacket is a very good idea, especially in Montana in June. Last three years running I've come across SOBOs in either Glacier or the Bob lamenting their inadequate rain gear...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
February 27, 10:20am

Re: i feel left out...
The subject of Andrew Skurka's intentions is not in itself problematic. What is problematic is the personal attacks, which have largely taken place within the last 72 hours. Repeat offenders ...

In GEAR » Skurka and Sierra Designs team up for gear
February 25, 3:26pm

Re: Mariposa and Gorilla hip belts, pack volume, recs
I was skeptical of the GGear velcro hipbelt attachment, but it works well. There's a little bit of sag in the belt/stay/fabric interface, but it's only really evident up near 40 pounds and...

In GEAR » Mariposa and Gorilla hip belts, pack volume, recs
February 25, 12:03pm

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