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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
Apex for sure. The Kifaru is pretty light given the insulation weight and fairly burly fabrics.

In GEAR » synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
September 04, 7:12am

Re: Re: Re: No compromises pack... does it exist?
I've not used one on a trip, but have seen a few in person (and know a number of folks who like it). If I didn't already have quite the pack quiver I'd get one. Great design with few ...

In GEAR » No compromises pack... does it exist?
September 04, 7:11am

Re: Comparing pack suspensions / fitting Gregory vs Osprey
"I have a 17" torso, so I'm a size small in both." I'd bet you would do better with a medium. 17 may be at the upper limit of the advertised range for small, but that cla...

In GEAR » Comparing pack suspensions / fitting Gregory vs Osprey
September 02, 9:51am

Re: Pack first or last.?
Tjaard, there are a couple reasons. Some fit together, some do not. First, a lot of people have some huge pack which more often than not doesn't fit them, and has big, bulky, stiff, and gen...

In GEAR » Transition from Traditional to Ultralight
September 02, 9:34am

Re: Transition from Traditional to Ultralight
Chris, it sounds like you are short on experience and long on enthusiasm, which is a great place to be. You've got no where to go but up, and will be able to learn a ton in a very short time i...

In GEAR » Transition from Traditional to Ultralight
September 02, 7:34am

Re: Repairing/Replacing a Pack Bottom
Easy route: duct tape on the inside and shoe goo or contact cement on the outside. Super ugly, fairly quick and easy. Depending on how isolated the holes are you could laminate patches of Cordu...

In Make Your Own Gear » Repairing/Replacing a Pack Bottom
August 30, 9:04pm

Re: 12 Days in the Winds - Green River Lakes to Big Sandy
Previous four posts deleted. Tom, if you want to debate a legit point you'd get further by starting your own thread. Other three, take the high road. Great pictures Troy, thanks for sharing.

In Post-Trip Reports » 12 Days in the Winds - Green River Lakes to Big Sandy
August 29, 4:57pm

Re: Hiking poles for Bright Angel trail?
If you're a reasonable fit hiker not carrying much you'll be fine. The tough part about the Bright Angel isn't so much the massive elevation loss, it's the big waterbars and hard s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking poles for Bright Angel trail?
August 29, 8:05am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: i don't pack raft, but i've been a dinghy sailor and have worn a dry suit in the winter for frostbiting
You can't zip it off like the cruiser, but the opening is big enough to get both legs up and out in raftalounger mode.

In GEAR » Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
August 27, 7:38pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: i don't pack raft, but i've been a dinghy sailor and have worn a dry suit in the winter for frostbiting
Justin that was a 2010 Yak with what is now the cruiser deck (only option available 5 years ago), now Clayton M's boat after I won a 2015 Yak with whitewater deck at the APA Roundup in July. I...

In GEAR » Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
August 26, 8:57pm

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