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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
I have trouble not seeing pillows as very high up in the heirarchy of silly things, along with potty trowels, but the Sea to Summit UL pillow my wife bought this summer is very nice. Good height f...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
October 01, 2:47pm

Re: picking a trekking pole tent for 2 - no center pole, 2 entrances
Sierra Designs Flashlight.

In GEAR » picking a trekking pole tent for 2 - no center pole, 2 entrances
September 30, 8:54pm

Re: My trail runners mesh wears out before my soles
It is a rare trail runner indeed which dies because of sole wear rather than holes in the upper. I can think of very few I've owned in the past five years. The best preventative measure is ...

In GEAR » My trail runners mesh wears out before my souls
September 30, 8:51pm

Re: Failing #3 Zippers?
I don't buy shelters or high-use, full-zip garments with #3 zips. In my experience 100% of them will fail in an unacceptable period of time. #3s are ok on anoraks/pullovers, and I prefer #8s ...

In GEAR » Failing #3 Zippers?
September 30, 8:47pm

Re: Re: Old Faithful area
Gary's first suggestion is exactly what I'd say. You could easily spend 2 hours exploring the Shoshone geyser basin, so not worries about getting to camp early. If you want an aggress...

In Pre-Trip Planning » One Night in Yellowstone
September 29, 10:24am

Re: 1
"Doesn't this make T4s / Excursions quite a niche, for when AT setups don't permit enough kick and glide, but leather / NNN boots don't offer enough control?" I think that&...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 27, 7:54am

Re: Re: Re: yes, indeed.
The notion that Cap 4 and ~160 g/meter microfleece function the same is absurd. Different strengths, different applications.

In GEAR » Terramar Geo Fleece
September 26, 12:51pm

Re: 1
Will, I ran fishscale skis with tech race bindings and race boots the other winter. Range of motion in the ankle and toe pivot is functionally infinite, but you absolutely loose some ability to ap...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 26, 12:37pm

Re: Re: How to kill a trout
I'm with Ken; swift knife slash through the spine behind the head. A rock works fine, you just have to hit them harder than you probably think. As for the twitching, involuntary muscle move...

In Fishing » How to kill a trout
September 22, 3:26pm

Re: Patagonia Rover Approach - 9 oz per pair?
No way. 9 oz/shoe in smaller sizes is more like it. A good shoe in any case: http://toesalad.com/reviews/run-climb-scramble-hike-testing-patagonia-rover/

In GEAR » Patagonia Rover Approach - 9 oz per pair?
September 22, 3:17pm

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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Tastes good enough, tiny and easy to use. What could be better? It not being so darn expen$ive.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
July 27, 2:17pm

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
Tasty, moist, tasty, good calorie to weight ratio, compact, resists deformation, doesn't freeze too bad in the cold, tasty, made of real food, and tasty! Bar-shaped food does not get any bett...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
July 27, 2:16pm

Patagonia Capilene 1 T-Shirt
Cap 1 seems to have changed very little since it was called silkweight capilene back in the day. It dries very quickly, wicks pretty well (though not as well as cap 2), and most importantly feels lig...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
July 27, 2:12pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I use a cut-down 48" Ridgerest on every trip. Bombproof, comfy, light, cheap. In winter, I add a full length under it. I actually sleep better on this than most inflatables, but realize I&...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
April 11, 10:47am

MLD Trailstar
In summary: Aside from a bivy sack for good weather and race pace endeavors, I've sold off the rest of my shelters. It's a great cross of a pyramid and a tarp. Finished weight, seam sealed...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 11, 10:39am

Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
It's hard to get more warmth for the weight (or price). I like having a few pieces to add in as supplementary feet and/or torso pieces. It is quite fragile. Do not leave this on the outside o...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 28, 3:18pm

FireLite Trapper's Mug
A very well designed cup. Light, but seems just as functionaly durable as Snowpeak or Evernew stuff. Ideal size for a soloist. The taller than it is wide shape is one I prefer for cooking on a fire...

In Cookware - Titanium
March 28, 3:03pm

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
Note 1: This is a review of my 2005/6 Houdini. It's longevity is revealing (it may have been the Dragonfly back then, even). Note 2: If the price is outrageous, no one would buy it! The prote...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 29, 8:08pm

Patagonia Ready Mix Softshell Pants
I disagree with all Kev's objections, and desperately wish I could find more mediums to buy. The simplicity is what I love best. Actually, the perfect in all conditions from 70-10 F fabric is ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 29, 8:00pm

patagonia down sweater
Note: I'm folding this review of the Down hooded pullover into this section because 1) the hooded p/o isn't made anymore, 2) the critical comments likely apply broadly. I really liked the d...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 27, 10:07am