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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: Reasonably priced down jacket
Golite's Roan Plateau for 130 bucks is a lot of coat for the money. Now is a good time of year to look for sales on "winter" coats. Patagonia's Micropuff is going for 139 on the...

In GEAR » Warm hiker, cold camper layering question
March 04, 3:03pm

Re: Looking for a decent poncho/tarp
At your the best option by far is the larger MLD simple poncho-tarp. The Golite is a fine item and a good price, but at 6'5" you'll have to use good technique to get decent coverage.

In GEAR » Looking for a decent poncho/tarp
March 04, 10:15am

Re: Los Padres 3/1/2014
Awesome. Extra style for the kitchen tarp. Glad everyone is finally getting a bit of winter. It took me three tries to get out of the driveway this afternoon, with studded tires. Closer to th...

In Post-Trip Reports » Los Padres 3/1/2014
March 03, 6:36pm

Re: pack
Measure four times cut once. Also make sure you add the proper amount of seam allowance all around. Had to order more fabric a few times after screwing that up. Which brings up a good guideline ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Easiest method for a simple rucksack body?
March 03, 6:31pm

Re: REI BlueWater Ice Floss 7.7mm x 60m Double Dry Twin Rope $95 and free shipping
The Edelrid Flycatcher is claimed at 3 grams/meter lighter. 95 bucks is a good deal on a good rope.

In Gear Deals » REI BlueWater Ice Floss 7.7mm x 60m Double Dry Twin Rope $95 and free shipping
March 03, 10:37am

Re: FS: Rab Zephyr and Cirrus

In Gear Swap » FS: Rab Zephyr and Cirrus
March 03, 10:09am

Re: Thesis Survey
May your n be large.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thesis Survey
March 03, 10:00am

Re: Cold weather cooking - stove choices
The Primus Express Spider has kept me happy for the last few years. It's not especially heavy and it always works, which is all I ask.

In GEAR » Cold weather cooking - stove choices
March 03, 9:48am

Re: Starting from scratch
Will, I think you're generally on the right track. A rigid 1x9/10 with big tires should be quite versatile. Surly frames are darn heavy. The Krampus frame and fork is going to be somethi...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Starting from scratch
March 03, 9:35am

APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
The American Packrafting Association is holding a Packraft Roundup July 11-13th, at the Big Creek campground just west of Glacier National Park. There will be a swiftwater rescue class Friday the ...

In Packrafting » APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
March 03, 9:18am

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