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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: winter clothing advice/critique
Lucas, aside from a warmer jacket for camp and breaks I think you're all set. Something with 4-6 oz of quality down (ex the Montbell Frost Smoke or Frostline coats) would be a good option. ...

In Gear Lists » winter clothing advice/critique
November 21, 11:00am

Re: 35+ LB capacity pack recommendation
Rick, the Paradox packs are worth looking at. I'd recommend the Unaweep 4800 (extra diameter for your bear can) with a dual pocket Talon. The Talon is a very secure and balanced way to carry ...

In GEAR » 35+ LB capacity pack recommendation
November 21, 10:50am

Re: Backpacking Light
Dan and Malto have good advice on routes. Being flexible and sussing out the conditions and making a final choice before the start, or even mid-way, is most realistic and tends to cultivate the be...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
November 20, 7:30am

Re: Re: What was it?
For -15 in camp I'd want more than 10 oz of down. I'd buy a Rab Andes for that if I didn't own a MEC Reflex (no longer made).

In GEAR » Need recommendations for new winter jacket BWCA
November 19, 5:07pm

Re: technical?
I'd agree with Brendan that Allen tends to be conservative with his technical ratings. You don't need to be a climber to do the Robbers Roost routes; a background doing some scrambling wit...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Recs for ~100 mile trip in southwest late March?
November 19, 12:40pm

Re: Hydroskins
I've never altered the Hydroskins. I'm not the fabric is waterproof enough to merit seam sealing anyway. It's always seemed to me that they're an ideal place (for hiking) along th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Neoprene Socks & Condensation
November 18, 5:27am

Re: 2014
Still using the same pair, in fact. Functional and extremely durable (if you don't melt holes in them by the fire). For spring and early summer around here I can't imagine a better system...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Neoprene Socks & Condensation
November 17, 8:06pm

Gear swap spam
Gear swap is intended to be a service for a friendly community. Let's keep it as such. Folks, if you suspect someone acting here with less than admirable intent, please flag the post so it ...

In Gear Swap » FS NEW Marmot Helium 15 deg 850+ down sleeping bag Never used NWT
November 17, 3:31pm

I'd be interested. 2015 is shaping up to be a busy year, but I'll see what I can do.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Anyone up for a Western Washington UL GGG?
November 17, 2:55pm

Re: It all depends on your foot/fit
"I think they put a boot "last" on it, if that's the right term, so it felt kind of like a very light boot when I tried it on." I think that's quite an accurate chara...

In GEAR » Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
November 17, 2:46pm

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