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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Thanks!
"You should landscape in Kansas in the summer. Swing a pick when it's 105 and the humidity is 80%!!!" Did that all through high school every summer in southern Ohio. One reason I ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grand Canyon down to the river
May 05, 11:41am

Re: Rab rain jacket, a good wind breaker
That's a vexing problem Ian. It's certainly possible you got a bad jacket, or that the Pulse is just not suited to you. I think it's also possible that the WPB outer layer was wor...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Waterproof Breathable Jackets: 2012 State of the Market Report
May 05, 11:38am

Re: Re: osprey packs
Osprey's curvy pack bags do make them a bit smaller, and often a little harder to pack, than more squared-off models. Their warranty is almost ridiculous. A friend had a hipbelt pocket zi...

In GEAR » why are osprey packs so popular?
May 05, 11:13am

Re: why are osprey packs so popular?
-Widely available. REI, etc. -Pretty good quality, very good warranty and CS. Talking to Osprey on the phone is a great experience. They tend to shortcut reinforcements in certain places (com...

In GEAR » why are osprey packs so popular?
May 05, 8:14am

Re: Can I use an Ultralight Backpack?
Craig, I think the Z55 is pretty good for your current use. There are a few packs out there which are lighter, tougher and will probably carry the weight as well or better, but they are pricey. ...

In GEAR » Can I use an Ultralight Backpack?
May 02, 5:25pm

Re: A Question on Conditioning the Feet
It is a very good question Jim. I think multi-year cycles of lots of backpacking, hiking, and training for both results in connective tissue and balance muscles which are predisposed to deal bet...

In Editor's Roundtable » Training for Backpacking
May 01, 9:24pm

Re: MYOG Gear Closet
Holy cow Jon and Sam, some very nice and neat organization there! I am not nearly so well ordered or clean, ever. I really like the rolling bench which can go outside on a nice day. Will have to...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Gear Closet
May 01, 11:40am

Re: huntinglight? sub 4 pound centerfire rifle
That is a seriously light rifle. It'll be interesting to see how it runs and shoots under field conditions. In my book .223 is not much of a big game cartridge, especially since I'm assum...

In Other Activities » huntinglight? sub 4 pound centerfire rifle
May 01, 11:33am

Re: snorkel vests as pfd?
I got one to use on moderate trips where I otherwise would be tempted to not bring a PFD at all. I think it serves that purpose well. I cut off the crotch strap, which is not necessary. The vest...

In Packrafting » snorkel vests as pfd?
May 01, 10:22am

Re: Re Re July 3-9
Mid-July is a safer and more enjoyable bet all around.

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
May 01, 10:20am

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