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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: Easiest method for a simple rucksack body?
Sometimes more seams can be simpler, if they give you good sewing angles. For a ~25 liter rucksack I'd make the back panel (the one against your back) one piece. Do this first. It allows y...

In Make Your Own Gear » Easiest method for a simple rucksack body?
March 02, 3:43pm

Re: Trailroc 235 fit vs Altra, Merrell?
I can't wear Altra, either the Lone Peak or Superior, because the heel is too wide. In the 235s I do not have this problem. The 235 might have a slighter narrower toe box. Inov8 suggested I...

In GEAR » Trailroc 235 fit vs Altra, Merrell?
March 02, 7:59am

Re: Sub-6 oz BREATHABLE rain jacket: need market update
David, if you found the Mica satisfactory there are a large number of comparable PU coated rain coats in the 5-8 ounce range. As mentioned in the article Anna was kind enough to cite, I favor the ...

In GEAR » Sub-6 oz BREATHABLE rain jacket: need market update
March 01, 9:01pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The crappiness of pit zips
"I do have gear with 5 meter waterproof zips, and it would never meet the 10 inches/second criteria." I certainly exempt my drysuit from that rule.

In GEAR » The crappiness of pit zips
March 01, 8:52pm

Re: Re: Re: The crappiness of pit zips
Let us try again Greg. Traditional pit zips do not do enough to merit the addition in bulk, weight, and expense. To be un-fiddly a zipper must be operable one handed at a rate of no less th...

In GEAR » The crappiness of pit zips
March 01, 6:04pm

Re: The crappiness of pit zips
In my book traditional pit zips are useless. The OR torso flow arrangement is another thing entirely, and works well. I'd much rather see conventional zippers and flaps on rain coats than the...

In GEAR » The crappiness of pit zips
March 01, 2:09pm

Re: Paradox and Zimmerbuilt
Looks good Anthony, hope it works for you. I look forward to thoughts about comparing the Paradox and Porter, and what difference the framesheet makes in the later. Kevin T and I have been kn...

In Editor's Roundtable » Paradox Packs Evolution pack system review
March 01, 2:03pm

Re: Re: Re: 45 pounds of UL (Grand Canyon list)
We'll be in that general neighborhood, though not that canyon. Dan and others gave some good beta which helped us pick a route which kept technical gear weight down while still ensuring what s...

In Gear Lists » 45 pounds of UL (Grand Canyon list)
February 27, 3:22pm

Re: Insightful!
That came off more snarky than was intended, apologies. I was genuinely suprised that they're that popular, though perhaps I shouldn't have been. Aside from holidays at drive-up cabins...

In Post-Trip Reports » Ski to the Divide – Skinner Hut
February 27, 3:18pm

Re: 45 pounds of UL (Grand Canyon list)
Made a few tweaks, to add more warmth and redundancy with multiple water containers, and went with a bit less webbing.

In Gear Lists » 45 pounds of UL (Grand Canyon list)
February 27, 3:08pm

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