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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: Calling Pack Makers Help Us Design the Ultimate Pack
No problem with the photos Luke. I assume you mean VX-42? I'd say it's a good choice for this use. Maybe not quite as straight abrasion resistant as 500d cordura, but pretty close. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Help Us Design the Ultimate UltraLight Pack
February 16, 10:13pm

Re: anybody break a bd ultra distance pole
I had a BD Distance pole that while collapsed in checked baggage had the handle jammed such that I couldn't move it and thus expand the pole for use.

In GEAR » anybody break a bd ultra distance pole
February 14, 8:23am

Re: How did I get so heavy? Late Aug JMT solo
Don't replace the pack and shelter. Modest weight savings for a big decline in quality. You could HTFU and replace that bouncy castle, inflation bag, and groundsheet with a 5 oz, torso leng...

In Gear Lists » How did I get so heavy? Late Aug JMT solo
February 11, 11:01am

Re: 2014 Continental Divide Bikepacking Gear List
I also assuming you mean GDMBR, not CDT. If you're starting north in June I'd add rain pants or knickers of some kind. Montana is often very rainy in June. If said weather lives up t...

In Gear Lists » 2014 Continental Divide Bikepacking Gear List
February 11, 8:39am

Re: Fleece or Synth?
Casual, daily use exacerbates the already un-ideal loft degradation of synthetic puff. Go fleece. Big fleece.

In GEAR » Fleece or Synth?
February 11, 8:29am

Re: Hood
Hood work well with just a hat or two. Side drawcords get the job done. Medium is 7 oz. For me this is a better option than Equilibrium. Can't speak for anyone else.

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 11, 8:22am

Re: 2014 Continental Divide Bikepacking Gear List
A bikepacking gear list without a bike is incomplete.

In Gear Lists » 2014 Continental Divide Bikepacking Gear List
February 10, 6:54pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: CFM claims of brands vs. CFM values here ?
"Is the only reason you create extra moisture when you're exercising, that you're over-heating? If you don't wear too much, then you won't create any more moisture than when yo...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 09, 9:26am

Re: Re: Re: Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
I've had the Alpine Start for all of 4 days and ~13 hours of use, and due to weather haven't used it in temps above 5F. That said, it seems promising. Spitballing a recollection from last...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 09, 9:20am

Re: Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
The problem with the lighter soft shells, the Boreas fabric being my reference point, is that they hold quite a bit more moisture than the Houdini et al. Not a big deal in warmer conditions, a ser...

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 07, 11:23pm

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