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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Trans-Zion variations in two days?
I'd lean strongly towards option 2 or something like it. Skipping the last few miles to the west rim, with all the views down into Phantom Valley, and then the section down past Angels Landing...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trans-Zion variations in two days?
March 26, 7:45pm

Re: New Pack Production
The packs look great Nathan, glad they're selling well.

In Gear Deals » New Pack Production
March 25, 3:48pm

Re: Gaiters for skinny calves?
BD Frontpoint.

In GEAR » Gaiters for skinny calves?
March 25, 3:45pm

Re: Rab Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket review
I recently gave into temptation and cut the liner out of my Vapour-rise. This winter in Montana was very mild, and the Lite Alpine was just too warm to get much use. Removing the liner is easy ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rab Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket review
March 25, 1:02pm

Re: hunting goals and methods
Thanks Ian, I've really been gratified by the reception here, and learned a lot from the discussion. This article was a bit too wonkish for Rokslide, I think. Bow hunting isn't someth...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
March 25, 12:44pm

Re: Re: Re: My "wind shirt" rant...
Owen, if abrasion resistance isn't a big priority something in unlined Pertex Equilibrium would probably suit you very well. If you want something burlier the Alpine Start or rab Boreas/Ventus...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 25, 12:35pm

Re: Glen Canyon: The Place No One Knew
Nice map. Thanks Jack. While Glen Canyon will surely return, "wiped out" is when speaking of human time scales a very accurate phrase.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glen Canyon: The Place No One Knew
March 24, 7:28pm

Re: Unaweep-inspired internal/external hybrid pack
Awesome. Glad you did it, so I don't have to add to the pile of packs already in my closet. Will be interesting to see how the bottom corner bolts and nuts hold up.

In Make Your Own Gear » Unaweep-inspired internal/external hybrid pack
March 24, 1:22pm

Re: Naturally weather resistant material?
Old school wool. Look at Pendleton and Filson to start.

In GEAR » Naturally weather resistant material?
March 24, 8:43am

Re: Toe blisters
Shoe size could be an issue. The current shoes might fit fine with a thinner sock combo. Using just the Injinjis is worth a try, as is getting rid of those horridly not-breathable Darn Tough sock...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Toe blisters
March 23, 4:36pm

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