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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Re: 2015 BMWO
It's interesting you mention ticks. This year I hunted bears in the N Fork Blackfoot in early May and picked a bunch of ticks off me. Had an even worse experience at the same time of year in ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
November 26, 12:14pm

Re: winter boot
Adan, my wife had the gen 1 Trail Gloves, and based on my recollection of those, I think the Crosser Mids are comparable.

In GEAR » Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
November 25, 10:40am

Re: Re: Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody); Best insulation layer over Alpha, down or synthetic?
"Question: For your outer insulation jacket over the Nano Air, down or synthetic? Down will be warmer for the weight, but will it be a problem if you're pushing moisture into the outer dow...

In GEAR » Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
November 24, 9:31pm

Re: The 3 yard shelter challenge
Nice! Have fun on the Royal Arch.

In Make Your Own Gear » The 3 yard shelter challenge
November 24, 10:48am

Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
I was skeptical from the beginning about Polartec Alpha. The very idea of making a shelled insulation garment more breathable seemed questionable at best, as it seemed rather likely that light fle...

In GEAR » Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
November 24, 10:37am

Re: What about for running?
Derek, I don't run, so I can't comment on that in particular.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Neoprene Socks & Condensation
November 24, 10:08am

Re: Re: Winter boots/shoes
The Zamberlans are long for the size, but on the narrower side of normal in terms of forefoot width. The width is great for me, but I do not have wide feet.

In GEAR » Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
November 24, 10:06am

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

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