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Tim Cheneval

Tim Cheneval

I play in the mountains, cliffs, and boulder fields of the world.

Tim Cheneval's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Climbing

Tim Cheneval's Bio

A designer and photographer by profession, a climber, hiker, and backpacker by recreation.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on June 24, 2015

Glorious Guy Thighs
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Bought two pairs of these shorts for myself, and now consider them a staple of my backpacking/climbing attire. Heres the down-low:

- These puppies are shorter than your average male shorts, and I am super happy about this. Men, your ridiculous cargo shorts dont need to be flopping around below your knees, ever.. You are presumably grown adults, step the classiness up a tad. I dont have to worry about the weight of these shorts pulling themselves down off my hip where they should sit, and I am able to hike, and climb without restraint from my clothing. very handy. Getting some sun on those thighs I work so hard for is nice as well. My girlfriend, and her friends approve of the length on these.

- The material is actually super tough, but the fit is so good that it isnt a knock on comfort. The material almost resembles tough canvas, but maybe a little more giving. Wipe climbing chalk on em, dry your hands on em, whatever... they wont degrade anytime soon, thats for sure.

- The Pockets are very deep, and the way they are integrated into the structure creates a secure pocket as well. I have been upside down climbing over hanging boulders and not lost my phone to gravity from my pockets.

- the fit is SUPERB: im 5'10", 170lbs, and the smalls fit me like a classy white glove you'd put on before handling fine art.

Conclusion? Let your legs step out of the deep dark cave you call shorts now0-a-days and put on some real shorts. The world deserves better than your 19 inch inseam..

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on May 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this filter for almost four years now, and it has yet to fail me. It pumps quickly, while still doing its primary job very well. I do have an issue with leaking at the head before the ceramic filter, but as long as I'm careful not to let any of the leaked water into the bottle or along the edges of the bottle's mouth then its not a problem.A minor nuisance really.

Easy to clean, quickest pump I've ever used, and does it's job well. what more could you want?

I would highly recommend this filter.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on February 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

This shoe does everything I need it to do. Bouldering, sport climbing, slab, steep, slick, you name it, it will stick if you trust your feet. The toe of the shoe is super stiff and edgy, which seems counter intuitive at first, but you later realize that the stiffness in the sole under the toe is only helping you crank hard on the smallest of footholds.

Fit is pretty fantastic, runs a bit small. I find myself sizing down less in this pair.

I took a star away for durability. Ive had mine about 4 ~5 months and have already blown through the toes on both sides... More than a little disappointed about that. Hoping that I simply got a defective pair and that they normally are more durable than that..

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on February 3, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Outstanding quality, and the materials are chosen very well. Extremely stylish and fashion forward despite it being a tech layer piece. Im very impressed with the construction and style of this sweater.

Im 5'10" and 165 lbs. This shirt is pretty snug on me, which is perfect for a base layer on the slopes, but a bit odd for street wear. A medium would have worked better. And thats my only gripe.

EDIT: I originally bought a small and it was way to small. a medium is perfect for me at my size and dimensions. Fits like an athletic trim t-shirt.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on January 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are fantastic skins for those who are new to touring. The traction is next to none, and the glide doesn't suffer so noticeably that I wouldn't consider them for a long tour. And the attachments for your skis are bomber.

The glue could be stickier, but I havent had issues with it yet, So I wont take a star off for speculation.

Best purchase I've made for my touring setup.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on January 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A fantastic ski for 95% of conditions. A great one-ski-quiver candidate.

Holds an edge fantastically at 88 underfoot, which is great for in bounds/crusty out of bounds conditions. Tips are fat enough to hold the skis on top of the powder on those glorious powder days. Carves very well for fun on groomers. Little bit chattery on the groomers.

Best part: super lightweight. Touring is pretty enjoyable thanks to the weight Fischer managed to remove from these planks. The hybrid construction is well executed, and is noticeably pleasant on the downhll. Put some tech bindings on these suckers and you're looking at some seriously light up hill jogs in your future.

Would highly recommend for anyone looking for a one-ski-quiver set up, or for people new to backcountry skiing but experienced on skis.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on October 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I severely under-estimated the meaning of Lightweight. This thing weighs next to nothing. It really is shocking.

Its packability is next in line for my praises, it stuffs pretty easily down into its own pocket, and since it weighs less than air, it adds no weight either.

Despite its lightweight nature, and fragile thin presence, this sucker holds its own in warming power. Looking forward to testing this in colder temps, but so far I have had to wear it with the zipper open to make sure I dont over heat.

The only down side to this jacket really only exists if you plan on using it while being active. It doesn't breathe SUPER well. I can see this thing getting hot on a hike up the mountain, which limits it to a single dimension of use: the inactive phase. Standing around, waiting in the cold? throw this sucker on.

All in all, its a stellar, top of the line down jacket. The fit is true to size, im 5'11" and 165lbs and a small is nice and snug on me. A pretty athletic trim makes it a great layering piece when necessary.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on October 6, 2014

5 5

Ive used this stove for five years on everything from month long backpacking trips to car camping to picnics. I can say with no hesitation whatsoever that this piece of gear does its job perfectly day in, day out, for years. Its light, durable, and easy to use.

The ONLY downside to this is its dependency on disposable gas canisters. Those things are awkward shapes and not ideal for ultra light packers. Not really my thing so I dont mind, but something to consider.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on September 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I could not be more pleased with this boot. Ive waited a long time and held off on a lot of purchases in order to find the perfect boot.

The construction of these boots is superb. The stitching and details are finely crafted and the support structures in the heel and toe really hold the boots shape well. The leather is durable and rugged, but ages well as you break them in. Comfort is great after you break them in.

Not fantastic sole support, but not something I was really interested in for my boots, Id rather insert my own insoles if needed. Other wise the sole of these boots can take a pounding and the treads stay gripped on most any surface. The attachment of the sole to the rest of the boot is solid.

Sizing is where I had some issues. after Initially receiving them, I thought maybe I had picked a half size to large, but realized after wearing them for a while that the toe box is just a little long, and narrows as it extends, which if I had gone down a half a size, would cramp my toes badly. These things run true to size, though at first it doesnt seem it. Give them a chance before you return them for sizing. Mine are comfortable and feel natural now.

Like any good boot, the break in period is a little rough. It took me about a week to fully feel comfortable in these.

With all that said, conclusion is this: a 5 star boot for sure. These will last a LONG time, and only get more comfortable with age.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on September 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Im 5'11, 170lbs and usually wear a 32x30 in jeans. ended up in 32x32s and I couldn't be happier. I wound up buying another pair.

Beware, these have a slim cut to them, so they will fit pretty tight compared to normal jeans. there is a tiny sacrifice in comfort for fit, just until they break in properly though. They look good and they cuff well.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on July 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive been using this little pot/cup for years now on solo backpacking trips, lived out of it for a month in Iceland, and even use it for car camping: my conclusion? Almost perfect.

Its a perfect size for a meal that may require boiling water, so breakfast with oatmeal and coffee is a cinch, dry pastas or mix-ins requiring water are also fantastic for this. Would not recommend for frying or grilling things (i tried to make it work, did not go over well..)

The sleeve it comes in is very good at insulating and protecting your hand from the heat of the cup. No complaints there, in fact id say its a huge bonus.

The pot holder is kind of useful, but easy to lose. keep an eye on that sucker.

The spork that comes with this is completely useless. Broke it on my second use which left me improvising for the rest of a multi day trip.. Bring your own metal spork.

And thats my only complaint. The lid could use a closable top, but its never been an issue for me. This pot is a critical piece of my backpacking set up. Lightweight, small, durable, fillable with gear, and super useful. will buy again if it ever comes to it.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on February 18, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Pretty great shoe for running in less than assuring conditions. Ive been running a lot on snow in these puppies and the treads on them are fantastic. I like the laceless tops and the pull cord to tighten, although I wouldnt mind having laces either.. Not sure what the advantage is there.

These shoes seem to run a little narrow, and the break in period for my wide ole flappy feet has been a little painful. People with wide feet should take this into consideration. They do break in eventually, and running through the pain is character building.
Happy trails.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have been on a quest, searching far and wide for the perfect pair of pants to climb in. My journey has come to completion.

These things are bomber, tough fabric that wont rip and tear, but stretchy and forgiving as well for those climbing moves that require your foot to be right next to your face..

i will be grabbing more of these for sure.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on February 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Got this jacket not to long ago and now use it as my winter outer layer piece for trail running, ski touring, and climbing. Breathable enough to keep you cool during your climbs and thick enough to keep the wind from making your under layers useless. Im a big fan of this jacket.

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Tim Chenevalwrote a review of on January 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I'll start by saying these are my favorite new hiking and climbing pants. I will definitely be ordering more.

The material these are made of is super comfortable, stretchy, and durable. A perfect combo for the likes of climbing. Not sure I need the extra cargo pockets, but I suppose they are handy , they definitely don't hurt. Comes with a little adjustable waist cinch belt for tightening, and button things for rolling up the pant legs and securing them (was not immediately aware thats what they were for..) All in all, the fit and the material make these an amazing climbing essential for me.

My only gripe is small, but I wish the pant legs were a little less wide near the ankles. Thats the only thing I MIGHT change about these.

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