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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Mods to ULA Circuit / GG Mariposa for 35-40lbs? Fairly simple and solves any velcro creep issue. Honestly, 90+% of the complaints abo...

In GEAR » Mods to ULA Circuit / GG Mariposa for 35-40lbs?
August 03, 11:31am

Re: Seek Outside Unaweep / Divide Shoulder Strap Question
Curt, Seek Outside lengthened the "standard" shoulder straps I believe earlier this year. I'd give them an email or call and I'm sure they'd measure them for you.

In GEAR » Seek Outside Unaweep / Divide Shoulder Strap Question
August 03, 9:18am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bob Marshall Snowpack/Melt
Larger creeks like Mid, Black Bear, and Little Salmon should still have a decent amount of water. Smaller stuff is dry or drying up fast.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall Snowpack/Melt
July 31, 1:37pm

Re: Pyramid Selection Help! Luna 4
"Given the similarities of these tents, why the huge price discrepancy? All of these shelters use .74 CF. I'm worried I'm missing something big. Why would anybody buy a SuperMid instea...

In GEAR » Pyramid Selection Help! Lunar 4
July 30, 4:29pm

Re: Lightweight Expedition Pack
The HMG 4400 series is a bit under 80 liters, but still plenty big and spacious. The Paradox Unaweep is available in 4800 cubic inches which would be more than big enough, but if you're just l...

In GEAR » Lightweight Expedition Pack
July 30, 4:23pm

Re: Backpack Hunting Binoculars
I hunt both sides of the Bob, getting into both thick woods and more open prairies and alpine terrain. I've been using Meopta 6.5x32s with good success. I'd like a pair of 10s for alpine ...

In GEAR » Backpack Hunting Binoculars
July 30, 4:18pm

2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
Bean Lake CG near the Dearborn River to the Cedar Creek CG on the Swan River. Start will be May 30th at 0800. I'd like to put...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
July 30, 11:07am

Re: Backpacking binoculars
A few things to keep in mind Doug. First as a glasses wearer you'll want enough eye relief to get a full field of view without cramming the binos into your glasses. For me, that means at le...

In GEAR » Backpacking binoculars
July 30, 11:01am

Re: Backpack Hunting Binoculars
I think there's a lot to be said for lower magnification in cheaper binos. The lower quality glass is less of an issue. In that vein the 6x30 Leupold Yosemites are well regarded and under 20 ...

In GEAR » Backpack Hunting Binoculars
July 30, 8:35am

Re: Hubba Hubba NX vs Double Rainbow vs ? - Which to choose?
"Ideally the tent would be pre-sealed or be easily sealed with a kit recommended by the manufacturer. The tent needs to be able to handle heavy rain, windy condition and severish weather while...

In GEAR » Hubba Hubba NX vs Double Rainbow vs ? - Which to choose?
July 29, 10:25am

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