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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Help Finding Lighter Aluminum Stays for Pack You can order aluminum sheet/plate in custom widths for a given thickness. 1/8" by 1/2" 7075-T6 would probably get the job done.

In Make Your Own Gear » Help Finding Lighter Aluminum Stays for Pack
May 18, 10:50am

Re: Re: Meeting time
It's probably easier to list where you can't buy a fishing license. All the Super 1 grocery stores sell them, for example. Justin, we can give you and Morgan a ride on Friday. You ca...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 17, 8:14pm

Re: Re: Best western backpacking destinations
That is the idea Justin. I try to write destination stuff with enough detail to work with, and enough ambiguity to not make it spoon fed. Thankfully there's a practical infinity of unknown ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best western backpacking destinations
May 16, 8:57pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
The practical difference between the original and light frame are probably nil, aside from a tiny bit of weight. The original is super bomber, and basically impossible to bend without a jig. The ...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
May 16, 8:54pm

Not rafting just seems like no fun.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 16, 11:52am

Re: Re: Re: Re: First trip out west
"I might suggest you order maps of any area you think you might want to hike in. Things like forest fires might force you to change last minute and you don't want to be driving all over Wy...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 16, 11:51am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
My Unaweep 3900 has a 36" circumference throughout, and is 38" unrolled. It was one of the first ones, so the dimensions may have changed. It's a great size, and carries well becaus...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
May 16, 11:48am

Re: All around Day Pack
One potential issue with the Asc 25 and Scrambler 30 is they come in one size and have short torsos. With a 21" torso I find this less than ideal, even if you don't use a hipbelt they sti...

In GEAR » All around Day Pack
May 16, 8:53am

Re: Rab Strata length
The arms are super long, longest I've ever seen on a puffy coat. The torso is on the short side of average. Rab sizes such pieces to not poke out from your rain coat, which I like, but if you...

In GEAR » Rab Strata length
May 16, 8:47am

Re: Re: Re: Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
I'd call Seek Outside about the dimension question. The Divide circumference gets bigger at the top, ergo ideal for bear cans. I have a 21" torso as well, and I find the 24" fra...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
May 16, 8:44am

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