Tim Cheneval

Tim Cheneval

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

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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 Cheneval wrote 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 Cheneval wrote 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 Cheneval wrote 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 Cheneval wrote 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 Cheneval wrote 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 Cheneval wrote 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 Cheneval wrote 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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Tim Cheneval wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

Versatile and endlessly usefull
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this bag for a couple of years now, and I can't even count how many trips I've taken it out on, both over nighters, and multidays (up to a week). Its comfortable, durable, and packable to a point.

The bag is way bigger than it looks, and packs pretty well if you're smart about it. I've read a few reviews about over packing this sucker, and it is totally true. If you don't sacrifice some weight for the longer trips, you'll feel it in the shoulders. The shoulder straps are super thin (but insanely durable), so they do dig in if the packed weight is substantial.

There was a question about living out of this thing for multiple weeks on the JMT, and I just don't see that happening, not enjoyably at least. I've taken this thing out for a max of 5 days without resupply and that was cutting it thin. I am not a lightweight backpacker by any means, so I am speaking with bias.

Durability on this pack is fantastic. You can barely tell mine has been used, and I have bushwhacked with it, dragged it up narrow ragged chimneys, and more. Someone also asked about water-proofness; grab a rain cover with this one. It isn't very water resistant, and gets heavy when damp.

I have a pretty good quiver of bags, but anytime I go out and know I'm gone for 5 days or less, this is my go-to bag.

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Tim Cheneval wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

5 5

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

I needed gloves that would guarantee my hands would stay warm on the slopes, or out and about in the mountains (I get cold hands way to easily). These gloves are no joke. If its prime warmth you are after, these will deliver.

Things to note: My dexterity in these gloves is terrible, they are pretty huge, and they are very fluffy, making it difficult to do anything that requires precision use of your fingers. I find its nice to actually get my hands out of the gloves though, so they can cool off, knowing full and well that these gloves will return my fingers back to warmth.

And thats another thing, your hands will get very warm in these suckers. You'll want to get your hands out to cool off every now and then for sure.

I am a HUGE fan. Not sure if they are meant for skiing or snowboarding, butI dont honestly care either. They do a fantastic job.

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Tim Cheneval wrote a review of on October 4, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, some comments about sizing and compatibility. I sized way up in order to make sure the pack cover was wide enough to protect the tent I usually strap to the outside of my pack. This sort of worked, though the solution left me wishing I had sized up even more. It covered the tent but left the sides of the pack a bit exposed. Not ideal.

There is also an issue with fitting. You need to make sure that your bag is not flat bottomed, other wise the elastic will just slide off the bottom of the pack instead of wrapping around against the pack below your waistbelt. Same applies for the top.

Other than these issues, the cover does a great job of keeping your crap dry. Fitting issues just make it a bit difficult to use. I'd imagine it is compatible with most standard expedition packs, but less so universal with day packs and smaller volume bags. Also helps if your pack is full and not half empty..

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Tim Cheneval wrote a review of on October 4, 2013

2 5

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

Loved these things when they were brand new, used them heavily all season last winter. Found that they were very warm as long as they weren't water logged, which, if your out in the snow for more than 4-5 hours, they will be.

Last season near the end of winter I was finding that the warmth, and the materials of the gloves were degrading badly. My hands were getting really cold in temps that I would not consider brutal, and despite all of the effort I was exerting hiking out in the mountains.

If you are willing to spend the money on them, give them a shot. However, you should know that heavy use will limit these to one season of quality warmth and protection. The wrist strap feature is absolutely brilliant, and should be on every glove ever made...

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Tim Cheneval wrote a review of on September 20, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This thing is huge, heavy and a bit of a bear to set up, however, those are sacrifices I am more than willing to take due to how bomber strong this tent is, and how much space there is on the inside. Super comfy, huge vestibules x2, more than enough room for you and a friend (unless you are both very big people) and, the most important stat for me, the interior height is a whopping 42 inches, and it doesn't lose that height to much on the edges of the tent. Ive been on to many solo trips in my ultralight two pole tent that I couldn't sit-up in. Comfort and room make a happy camper.

another nice feature, the doors on each side are oriented so that if you sleep head to toe with a friend, its super easy to get out. head to toe makes for a better fit for two people in the tent. works nicely.

I would not recommend this tent for those that are trying to cut down on weight. Its a heavy one, but not so heavy that its unthinkable to go soloing in, or to split the weight with a friend.

I love it.

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Tim Cheneval wrote a review of on August 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Took this harness out to the crag right after I got it and after my first outing in it, I am pleased to say I am relieved to have a decent harness finally. I bought this one to replace a sketchy looking budget Camp harness which was uncomfortable and more than a little worrisome.

This harness is perfectly comfortable, and fits like a glove. I had zero issues when loading the harness with my own weight on the wall, and I took some decent sized whippers and felt as cool as a cucumber. Adjusting the waist is a little cumbersome, but feels super secure afterwards. Not to many straps to get tangled in. 4 gear loops was a huge bonus. People have complained about the padding, which I have no idea where thats coming from. I barely noticed the tension of the straps on my legs and waist due to the significant padding around them. Belaying all day at the crag was not uncomfortable either.

Basically a bomber harness, for a killer price. I will keep coming back to this one for sure.

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Tim Cheneval wrote a review of on July 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

A great bag for jamming all of your gear into, and getting it to the crag. The storage volume is enormous, and since there is only one storage area, none of it is limited or sectioned off for certain items, which means anything can fit into it. I can fit my rope harness, shoes, draws, water bottle, and snacks in this sucker with room to spare. Opening the bag the length of the outer shell makes it super easy to get at anything in the pack, and you can lay it flat and not worry about it tipping over and spilling everything out.

I agree with other reviewers about the addition of external pockets or gear loops. The added pocket options on the outside would make it easier to organize your small valuables in the bag. I loose my wallet and keys in this thing all the time, but I know they are in there so not a huge issue.

I would buy this bag over and over, It does not disappoint.

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Tim Cheneval wrote a review of on July 22, 2013

4 5

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

Got this pair of shoes about a month and a half ago, have put a couple hundred miles on them. Love these suckers as road runners/trainers. Great cushion from heel to toe, very little drop and pretty light for a well cushioned shoe. The stretchy fit to size top of the shoe makes for a fantastic no-socks material, no rubs or chafing inside the shoe.

There is one caveat with these shoes: make sure you are running on flat ground. Thanks to the giving elastic material on top, there is ZERO upper foot support to keep you from rolling an ankle on trails or even slightly uneven gravel and pavement. Stick to the roads and sidewalks, and watch your step.

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Tim Cheneval wrote a review of on June 18, 2013

4 5

Got these a few weeks ago, found myself pretty surprised by how large they ran in size, specifically in the pant legs. The waist fits fine. I looked them over and tried them on, and concluded I would never wear them... Fast forward a few days, took them out climbing, and took several whippers and slides on the rock. Not even a scratch on these suckers. These things are the real deal. Comfy and tough. Found myself a permanent set of climbing pants.

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