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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Re: Question for 3-pin boot users
Odd that the Alaska duckbill is so near the end of what works in 3 pin bindings. The old nordic-only 3 pins of 3 decades ago used a thinner duckbill, but those boots and bindings are all but extin...

In Winter Hiking » Question for 3-pin boot users
January 16, 1:20pm

Re: snow
I wouldn't get too excited about extrapolating snow levels until the end of March. Late winter storms and early spring heat (or lack thereof) makes the difference. There will be snow above 6k...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
January 15, 11:25am

Re: Re: They did it!!!
B/C the Free Dawn is a harder and more visionary accomplishment than the Free Salathe was, even controlling for relative difficulty at the time. There were a number of 13b/c cracks around in the l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » They did it!!!
January 15, 11:21am

Re: Long Torso Daypack suggestions?
Even if you don't use a hipbelt having a pack with proper torso length is nice so it can sit in the right spot. Such packs also tend to have shoulder straps which are long enough. The small...

In GEAR » Long Torso Daypack suggestions?
January 14, 2:52pm

Re: Where are you excited to go in 2015?
Leaving for New Zealand in 2 days.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where are you excited to go in 2015?
January 14, 11:48am

Re: Padding
Nice rig Philip. I like the Kuiudox. All the Paradox packs require fairly careful packing too keep from getting poked; no way to save weight and have the protection of a framesheet all at the s...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Version of the Unaweep Pack
January 13, 12:11pm

Re: do tarps really open yourself up to the outdoors?
A bigger tarp pitched higher will help. Semi-transparent cuben or spinnaker is pretty cool in this respect.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » do tarps really open yourself up to the outdoors?
January 13, 12:06pm

Re: National Parks visits hit a record 249 million
It's not clear to me the increase is anything more than a continuation of normal growth, adjusted from the Oct '13 shutdown. For example, Arches visitation went up 200,000, but that could ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » National Parks visits hit a record 249 million
January 13, 12:00pm

Re: soaking vs brushing to apply silicone to an old tent
Pretty sure the exterior side of the Fling is silnylon. If you're concerned about waterproofing, dilute a bunch of 100% silicone in mineral spirits (the mixture should be thin and semi-translu...

In GEAR » soaking vs brushing to apply silicone to an old tent
January 13, 11:40am

Re: pairing a ridgerest with an do you carry that darned thing??
Strapping the pad horizontally on top usually works fine, unless you're doing some pretty thick off-trail travel. The ridgerest will get torn up, but that won't hurt it functionally.

In GEAR » pairing a ridgerest with an do you carry that darned thing??
January 13, 11:32am

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