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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

I have given up on PMs due to their tendency to encourage poorly considered inquiries. Please contact me through my website. I enjoy pack construction and trip planning questions in particular.
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Repairing cubeb ULA Circuit
Cuben tape cut with all round edges on the inside, a bead of aquaseal on the outside.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Repairing cubeb ULA Circuit
March 21, 11:53am

Re: Dividing gear with significant other
My wife and I backpack a lot together, and decided many years ago it was best to divide pack weight such that our paces during the day and level of fatigue at the end of the day were as similar as ...

In GEAR » Dividing gear with significant other
March 21, 9:25am

Re: Re: Re: considering a windshirt...
The aforementioned Alpine Start has the greatest range of useability of any fabric I've tried. For strictly heat/bugs, I still prefer a cotton/poly thrift store number.

In GEAR » Softshell as Windshirt substitute
March 20, 11:27am

Re: Looking for a full zip, hooded, grid fleece in XXL or XX/XLT
Patagonia's Upslope hoody is made from R1 fabric.

In GEAR » Looking for a full zip, hooded, grid fleece in XXL or XX/XLT
March 20, 9:55am

Re: Wind River area?
With your low mileage and request to avoid people the Winds didn't immediately come to mind. Plus the bugs suck.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip suggestions for mid August
March 20, 8:43am

Re: considering a windshirt...
Andy, some of the more modern, more breathable windshirts have greater air permeability than many of the safari-style shirts, especially those specified as bugproof. Sierra Designs just released a...

In GEAR » Softshell as Windshirt substitute
March 20, 8:40am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Help with SMD Fusion 65 Sizing
In fairness no pack I can think of is rated to its geometric volume. The ping pong balls or WAG methods always seem to give a cubic inch figure half again as large. I find it curious that such ...

In GEAR » Help with SMD Fusion 65 Sizing
March 20, 8:38am

Re: Re: Re: Re: why softshells fail in an UL layering system
There are still 24+ oz laminate softshells out there, but they're pretty dead. Trill's BDV is a good example of what modern softshells can do, and do very well. How many people readin...

In GEAR » Softshell as Windshirt substitute
March 19, 6:37pm

Re: Re: PM Thoughts
Looking forward to seeing everyone, should be a good crew this year.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 19, 12:29pm

Re: Re: why softshells fail in an UL layering system
Dale, your conception of softshell is antiquaited. Trilly; I agree that BD needs to get their sizing house in order. There's a lack of consistency across the line which makes informed pur...

In GEAR » Softshell as Windshirt substitute
March 19, 12:26pm

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