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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: i feel left out...
The subject of Andrew Skurka's intentions is not in itself problematic. What is problematic is the personal attacks, which have largely taken place within the last 72 hours. Repeat offenders ...

In GEAR » Skurka and Sierra Designs team up for gear
February 25, 3:26pm

Re: Mariposa and Gorilla hip belts, pack volume, recs
I was skeptical of the GGear velcro hipbelt attachment, but it works well. There's a little bit of sag in the belt/stay/fabric interface, but it's only really evident up near 40 pounds and...

In GEAR » Mariposa and Gorilla hip belts, pack volume, recs
February 25, 12:03pm

Behave yourselves
Read the forum guidelines folks. And if you wonder why your post was deleted, read them again. Thanks.

In GEAR » Skurka and Sierra Designs team up for gear
February 24, 4:23pm

Re: Sawyer paddle?
I can think of a half-dozen instances of folks breaking the blade off the shaft while backpaddling. In fairness, all were the old version.

In Packrafting » Alpacka Cargo Fly?
February 24, 12:21pm

Re: Alpacka Cargo Fly?
The cargo fly hasn't been around long enough for a definitive durability report, but Alpacka did test it quite a bit before releasing it into the wild, and I haven't heard any negative repo...

In Packrafting » Alpacka Cargo Fly?
February 23, 11:01pm

Re: Re: Re: Scrambling Boot recommendation needed
I like Sportiva shoes, and have owned a bunch. Never the Raptor or Wildcat (too much drop), but I'm currently digging the Bushido, which fit me well. I sized my Boulder Mids down a half size ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Scrambling Boot recommendation needed
February 23, 10:56pm

Re: suitable use for a cuben bivy
Cutting up to make into stuff sacks.

In GEAR » suitable use for a cuben bivy
February 23, 9:28pm

Re: Scrambling Boot recommendation needed
All politics aside, I'd second the recommendation of the Boulder X Mid. It's a good compromise between fairly hikeable and stiff enough for extended strap-on crampon use. It's not stu...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Scrambling Boot recommendation needed
February 23, 1:01pm

Transport for the Bob is definitely a pain. I look forward to this in large part because it's one of the handful of times each year I impose upon folks (my wife) for rides to be able to do a p...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
February 22, 11:56am

Re: Does Cuben crack in the cold?
I've a 150D hybrid cuben pack out in -25F. The fabric is very loud, but suffers no ill effects.

In GEAR » Does Cuben crack in the cold?
February 22, 8:52am

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