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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Paging the brain trust: Pack dimensions needed
Thanks everyone, most helpful. A few more packs would make the charts even better. BG, you do know that internal dimensions of sewn products are pretty much the same as external dimensions, right?

In GEAR » Paging the brain trust: Pack dimensions needed
June 21, 8:14am

Re: new bike advice
I don't think there's that much weight difference in the framesets, so the big difference is going to be in components. Are they that much better/lighter on the used Fargo? If you can swi...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » new bike advice
June 20, 2:22pm

Re: Kalais measurements
Thanks Alex, will add.

In GEAR » Paging the brain trust: Pack dimensions needed
June 19, 8:54am

Re: Ohm 2.0 Measurements
Thanks Ito, that's perfect. Measuring the bottom ends up adding a lot of variability, which cannot really be gotten around. Just above the taper would work.

In GEAR » Paging the brain trust: Pack dimensions needed
June 19, 7:15am

Paging the brain trust: Pack dimensions needed
To my esteemed fellow backpackers; I'm working on an article discussing pack design, and it would be greatly enhanced with some more numbers. Specifically, pack dimension numbers. I need t...

In GEAR » Paging the brain trust: Pack dimensions needed
June 18, 8:50pm

Re: Need some pack advice.
>>1. It (preferably) needs to be as light as possible. >>2. It needs to carry 40 or more pounds comfortably. I think you're right on track with Paradox or Stone Glacier. If 40+...

In GEAR » Need some pack advice.
June 18, 8:43am

Re: Thanks for the Replys
I'd pick option A, with a possible side trip up to float the lower 6 miles of the White if time allows. Benchmark is well maintained in the summer. Any car will get in there no problem, a...

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
June 18, 7:27am

Re: Rab Boreas/Ventus users?
It should serve you well in that application Max. The lycra content makes it a bit slow to dry, but the fabric is high up in the survive-a-mountain-bike-crash well category.

In GEAR » Rab Boreas/Ventus users?
June 17, 7:29pm

Re: Cedar Flats to Spotted Bear
The S Fork below Cedar Flats is indeed quite easy. A few class IIish things close after the put in, but mostly dead easy. Pro-tip for the portage around Meadow Creek: hike the east side trail a...

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
June 17, 8:32am

Re: Walk through the Bob
Thanks Gabe. The traverse of the top of the Chinese Wall (from Larch to Haystack) I did last summer is right at the top of the list, of hikes anywhere. Being able to float the White the same da...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Bob Marshall (early August)
June 17, 8:27am

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