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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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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Bob Open
The shuttle drive is a long one, and I am sorry folks are finding it hard to manage. I just got back from my sisters wedding and will have a difficult enough time fixing things at work and getting...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2014 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open: Marias Pass to Monture Creek
May 27, 7:25am

Re: Has anyone modified a rolltop closure on a Pack?
Rolltops are heavier per unit of capacity than drawstring closures, but to make the later waterproof you have to either significantly under pack or add a flap or lid (which is almost always heavier...

In GEAR » Has anyone modified a rolltop closure on a Pack?
May 23, 9:45am

Re: Re: Merino has evolved
I disagree. Full merino is crap in several significant ways. The extent merino blends have had widely variable success, and even the best (meco 120) still haven't kept the benefits of wool wi...

In GEAR » Merino has evolved - Nuyarn lands stateside with Kuiu's Ultra Merino
May 23, 7:09am

Re: ULA Circuit - A Successful Navy Blue Dyeing Session
A very handsome pack.

In GEAR » ULA Circuit - A Successful Navy Blue Dyeing Session
May 21, 10:18am

Re: Re: Any competition for the Gossamer Gear LT4S?
For folks adding GGear grips to other poles, I'd highly recommend putting some Gorilla Glue down in the bottom of the grip before you slide them onto the pole. Let the glue cure overnight with ...

In GEAR » Any competition for the Gossamer Gear LT4S?
May 21, 10:18am

Re: different apps
You could, and I have, tucked one end of the daisy into the seam, though it's not necessary. In this case I was using 3/8" inch webbing, and after felling the seam with the bottom end of ...

In Make Your Own Gear » LOAD BEARING, STRAIGHT STITCH, SMALL SPACES
May 20, 7:07pm

Re: IT Band issues
Michael, it sounds like you're on the right track. I'd add one thing based on personal experience: don't hesitate to stop, now, if you think it best. IT band inflammation can linger f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » IT Band issues
May 19, 6:47pm

Re: LOAD BEARING, STRAIGHT STITCH, SMALL SPACES
X-box stitching gets the job done. When attaching suspension components, try not to skimp on space; more contact equals more strength. I use bartacks to attach daisy chains, and if I'm sewi...

In Make Your Own Gear » LOAD BEARING, STRAIGHT STITCH, SMALL SPACES
May 19, 8:18am

Re: What do the people WANT!?
"Sub 24oz 50L Full-Framed Pack @ $200 Sub 9oz, Sub $60 1800 Cu in durable and waterproof Pack" You do those well and you'll be all set!

In GEAR » What do the people WANT!?
May 19, 8:13am

Re: Re: ?
"...I personally like classifications of the "best" products. It's a bit like having a little less homework to do on my own." To be blunt, shortcuts will always come up...

In On the Web » Gear reviews and comparisons' online websites
May 19, 8:11am

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
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