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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Pitching method
Nifty technique John, I've never tried that. With the BT2 staking the four main corners in a general rectangle with a touch of slack gets the job done. Unlike some shelters, it is somewhat fo...

In GEAR » Seek Outside BT2: The mid I've been looking for
March 31, 6:55pm

Re: Canyonlands National Park
Salt out to Angel Arch and back is a good trip, no regrets there. The hiking is fairly easy and the water is relatively plentiful, both of which sound like they might suit you folks.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Canyonlands National Park
March 31, 8:06am

Re: Q's
James, there probably are other ways to pitch it, but I haven't experimented. Philip, the curves on the door seams don't need to be quite as severe as they are in many of my photos, fran...

In GEAR » Seek Outside BT2: The mid I've been looking for
March 31, 7:55am

Seek Outside BT2: The mid I've been looking for
Ex Sum: I really like this thing. 25 ounces, two people, bomber wind protection, fast pitch with a modest footprint. And a very good price. Long version with photos: http://bedrockandparadox....

In GEAR » Seek Outside BT2: The mid I've been looking for
March 30, 9:06pm

Re: Re: Re: Trans-Zion variations in two days?
I would not count on getting a site at the South Campground at 6pm on a Friday. Might want to look into reservable options in Springdale. Angels starting at 4pm is possible. Sunset will be aro...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trans-Zion variations in two days?
March 30, 7:56pm

Re: Swifts
Went in Gibson this weekend and as far as the pack bridge on the S Fork of the Sun before rafting back out. Ran into Dan, nice to meet you sir. Not a hint of snow anywhere in the valley bottom an...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 30, 7:57am

Re: rain
Thanks Ian. I have what is probably an outdated prejudice against PU raingear, and Kuiu in particular hasn't convinced me otherwise. I like that they are bold enough to, as they just did, com...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
March 29, 10:04pm

Re: Trans-Zion variations in two days?
I'd lean strongly towards option 2 or something like it. Skipping the last few miles to the west rim, with all the views down into Phantom Valley, and then the section down past Angels Landing...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trans-Zion variations in two days?
March 26, 7:45pm

Re: New Pack Production
The packs look great Nathan, glad they're selling well.

In Gear Deals » New Pack Production
March 25, 3:48pm

Re: Gaiters for skinny calves?
BD Frontpoint.

In GEAR » Gaiters for skinny calves?
March 25, 3:45pm

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