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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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I'd be interested. 2015 is shaping up to be a busy year, but I'll see what I can do.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Anyone up for a Western Washington UL GGG?
November 17, 2:55pm

Re: It all depends on your foot/fit
"I think they put a boot "last" on it, if that's the right term, so it felt kind of like a very light boot when I tried it on." I think that's quite an accurate chara...

In GEAR » Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
November 17, 2:46pm

Re: Re: Re: Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
Army Navy sells them (or did back in September).

In GEAR » Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
November 17, 7:44am

Re: Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
I bought a pair of Zamberlan Crosser Mids for this hunting season. No complaints thus far.

In GEAR » Recommend a GTX lightweight boot?
November 16, 8:51pm

Re: BMWO gear questions & more
The cabins are all FS patrol cabins. All locked, most with a small covered porch which is not big enough if the wind is wrong. Big Prairie is usually staffed by late May, all others typically not...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
November 14, 11:18am

Re: trail ambassador reviews
The ambassador review issue is an intersting one. There's definitely an inexorable element of bias. In my experience, not so much because GGear (or another company) takes negative feedback po...

In Gear Deals » 20% Off All Gossamer Gear Packs
November 14, 10:21am

Re: Re: Re: Interview: Black Rock Gear / HikeLighter
GoRuck and Black Rock are both lifestyle/identity brands, so I think it's a fair comparison. In both cases I'm mostly prepared to believe that ~250 bucks is fair if you're paying Ame...

In GEAR » Interview: Black Rock Gear / HikeLighter
November 14, 10:09am

Re: Black Diamond Cold Forge Parka / PrimaLoft & down
We will see what happens. I do wonder if the Primaloft puffs being free floating within the down matrix will makes them less prone to collapse than pure Primaloft. I can tell you that a Hot F...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Cold Forge Parka / PrimaLoft & down
November 14, 8:07am

Re: Interview: Black Rock Gear / HikeLighter
Minor point; daisy chains don't qualify as MOLLE unless they're sewn to the standardized spacing.

In GEAR » Interview: Black Rock Gear / HikeLighter
November 14, 8:03am

Re: Re: Re: Hunting Sleeping Bag
Yes, just sewing to the seams is adequate. Thruhiker sells Apex.

In Make Your Own Gear » Hunting Sleeping Bag
November 13, 7:56am

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