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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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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 I have what is probably an outdated prejudice against PU raingear, and Kuiu in particular hasn't convinced me otherwise.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

Re: Rab Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket review
I recently gave into temptation and cut the liner out of my Vapour-rise. This winter in Montana was very mild, and the Lite Alpine was just too warm to get much use. Removing the liner is easy ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rab Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket review
March 25, 1:02pm

Re: hunting goals and methods
Thanks Ian, I've really been gratified by the reception here, and learned a lot from the discussion. This article was a bit too wonkish for Rokslide, I think. Bow hunting isn't someth...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
March 25, 12:44pm

Re: Re: Re: My "wind shirt" rant...
Owen, if abrasion resistance isn't a big priority something in unlined Pertex Equilibrium would probably suit you very well. If you want something burlier the Alpine Start or rab Boreas/Ventus...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 25, 12:35pm

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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MSR Dromedary Bag (w/ hydro kit)
Some things I don't want lightweight. This is one. When I'm in the Grand Canyon or Escalante, a hard 10 hour hike to the next water, I don't want to worry about anything getting a hole i...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
December 06, 7:10pm

Patagonia Ready Mix Softshell Jacket
I bought this jacket when it first came out, the welded seams were awesome. And so they remain. The hood on this jacket is the best I've even seen. Works with no hat on my head, works just as...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
December 06, 7:03pm

Patagonia the company
Patagonia has put a new zipper on my Houdini, replaced an R2 with a blown zipper with another without question (in the outlet store, and gave me full retail credit for the 2 year old jacket), and sold...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 06, 6:55pm

Osprey Talon 22
I use my Talon 22 for day hiking, scrambling and peak bagging, but foremost for technical multi-day mountain bike trips. I've squeezed a few three day hikes out of it in summer, too. For all the...

In Backpacks - Frameless
December 06, 6:51pm

Granite Gear Vapor Trail
I have an early Vapor Trail, '03 model I believe. Back when it only cost 100 bucks and didn't have the strange hydration port on the bottom of the extension sleeve. Mine's been used pe...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
December 06, 6:40pm