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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: That super old skatepark deep in the Sierras
Someone has to be able to ID that lake and confirm if it's in Wilderness or not. Irregardless, I'd count it as a cool idea well executed. Everyone knows skateboards are a gateway to mou...

In Post-Trip Reports » That super old skatepark deep in the Sierras
November 08, 9:33pm

Re: 100wt fleece vest or cap 2 baselayer?
If you quantify warmth as which will get me sweating first/worst while hiking uphill, the 100 wt wins easily (and in just about any other context I can imagine).

In GEAR » 100wt fleece vest or cap 2 baselayer?
November 07, 10:22pm

Re: Re: Re: Synthetic jackets - how do they really perform in wet conditions?
Andrew thus far my dri-down experience is limited to a sleeping bag. A discussion of the newer wave of insulations (e.g. dridown and Alpha/et al) will happen eventually. The difficulty of trying ...

In GEAR » Synthetic jackets - how do they really perform in wet conditions?
November 07, 8:46pm

Re: Fleece with Spandex
Rob, the numbers on moisture regain (for poly, nylon, and lycra/spandex) vary a fair bit, but there's no question that spandex absorbs more moisture than poly, and is much slower to dry. My ex...

In GEAR » Synthetic jackets - how do they really perform in wet conditions?
November 07, 8:42pm

Re: Synthetic jackets - how do they really perform in wet conditions?
If drenched, both down and synthetic fills are pretty bad performers all around. Synthetics will likely dry faster in most field conditions, but given the suffering involved it's highly recomm...

In GEAR » Synthetic jackets - how do they really perform in wet conditions?
November 07, 8:05am

The Bob with a bad map
Luke, I'm so psyched for you guys I can't even express it. I was bummed I couldn't come along with you two, but if I had I would have robbed you of an even better adventure. Getting l...

In Editor's Roundtable » Packrafting without a Good Map
November 04, 7:02pm

Re: Destination above 20 F in late November?
Utah won't work here; most of the Colorado Plateau is fairly high elevation and T-day temps can be quite cold, though days are generally very pleasent. Something around the Phoenix/Tucson ar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Destination above 20 F in late November?
November 04, 4:21pm

Re: Pad Help - Uncomfortable nights
Sean, I hate the big bouncy castle mats (Air Core, Neoair) and have never slept well on them. The Thermarest Prolite (XS, blown up as hard as I can manage) is my favorite. Worth a try, and very d...

In GEAR » Pad Help - Uncomfortable nights
November 04, 4:14pm

Re: Grabbier fabric with DP/Xpac
A few ideas Bill: X51 has a textured face not unlike 1000D cordura. Might give you what you want. Kifaru puts a patch of spandura on their lumbar pads to combat slippage. Never used it myse...

In Make Your Own Gear » Grabbier fabric with DP/Xpac
November 03, 7:59am

Re: 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
Nicolas, I just got back from doing a loop through Crazy Jug and down Upper Tapeats. Amazing stuff. You'll certainly have a great time on that route. In your shoes I'd seriously consid...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
November 03, 7:55am

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