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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Poor media quality control
That video is hilarious. Calling Buzzfeed and HuffPo "media" is being rather generous.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Swedish man scares off brown bear
May 21, 1:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Helios 40 w/ bear can
I built it. Cascades Craftworks has sold the 150D stuff since early last year.

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
May 21, 1:24pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Helios 40 w/ bear can
I'm happy your pack makes you happy. I put six holes in my 150D hybrid pack in five months. Edit: Thanks Alex, had not noticed that addition. HMG might be in trouble.

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
May 21, 1:21pm

Re: Flashpoint - awesome breathability!
Encouraging report. Maybe the Flashpoint is more than just another PU laminate.

In GEAR » Rab Flashpoint: 6oz 3-layer rain jacket
May 21, 12:18pm

Re: Re: Re: Helios 40 w/ bear can
The 150D hybrid cuben is ~5.5 oz/yard, and far from bomber(1). Katabatic is smart to use the D-P fabrics they do, especially the V40 variations in the Artemis. In 5 years cuben packs will be on t...

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
May 21, 12:17pm

Re: FS: Black Diamond Eldorado
Bump. Willing to be a wee bit flexible on price.

In Gear Swap » FS: Black Diamond Eldorado
May 20, 10:15am

Re: Finding the right shoe fit
Heel and midfoot should be locked in, especially width wise, without having to lace things tight. That should allow you to size up and have enough room in the toes for swelling. I've never ha...

In GEAR » Finding the right shoe fit
May 20, 8:27am

Re: 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
Yes, the trail leaves right from that parking lot.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 19, 11:18am

Looks like we'll have a record number of participants, probably by a fair margin. I don't anticipate too many other folks at Owl Creek Friday night, but even so lets make a point to cons...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 19, 10:16am

Re: Thank You
A rounded railing or particularly rigid chair arm works.

In Make Your Own Gear » Help Finding Lighter Aluminum Stays for Pack
May 19, 10:09am

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