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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: VXO7 vs. VX21 for main pack bag? [Paradox pack]
I think you could go either way depending on your priorities. VX07 does better with brush than the 70D face fabric would suggest, largely because the stiff laminate construction makes it very slic...

In GEAR » VXO7 vs. VX21 for main pack bag? [Paradox pack]
April 13, 10:16am

Re: Kintla-bowman
I'd rate Kintla-Bowman a fair bit below Kintla-Goat. One way to solve that is to do a side hike down to Lake Francis. Best camps on this stretch are Hole, Boulder, Francis, and Hawksbill. Av...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier National Park Backpacking
April 13, 6:39am

Grand Canyon
Valerie, I owe you an apology. I was trying to respond to your post on my (new) phone and instead accidentally deleted it, which the forum software cannot undo. Sorry.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grand Canyon down to the river
April 11, 10:11pm

Re: If you had 2 more lbs for free, what gear would you add?
A big ribeye and a couple beers. In all seriousness, none of that stuff will make you safer. Knowledge and experience will make you safer.

In GEAR » If you had 2 more lbs for free, what gear would you add?
April 10, 5:03pm

Re: Grand Canyon down to the river
Based on your questions, I think it likely you're one of the folks who should not attempt rim-river-rim in a day. To whit: -There are two major corridor trails on the South Rim which go t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grand Canyon down to the river
April 10, 2:48pm

Re: Re: Re: Westcomb Crest LT
Since I bought the Alpine Start I haven't used anything else. As discussed in my article, published yesterday, the fabric is good enough that I can forgive the flaws in tailoring. I kept a Bo...

In GEAR » Pertex Equilibrium
April 10, 12:13pm

Re: backpacker mag article
Good stuff folks, I appreciate it. Mags, I recall that article as well. I was actually a Backpacker subscriber back in high school, and that article had me all psyched to go take my blue K-Ma...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
April 10, 10:44am

Re: Westcomb Crest LT
The fabric is great, just not tough enough for my tastes.

In GEAR » Pertex Equilibrium
April 10, 10:41am

Re: GG Gorilla or MLD Exodus for Thru Hikes
The 140D plain weave main fabric of the Gorilla will be a bit less abrasion resistant than the 210D ripstop on the Exodus. This will only come into play if you find yourself scrapping the pack on ...

In GEAR » GG Gorilla or MLD Exodus for Thru Hikes
April 10, 10:36am

Re: Grand Canyon Trip
"Just curious, what are you packing in to GRCA a tank of nitrous?" ;) Packraft, canyoneering gear, eight days of food: http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/for...

In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody review
April 10, 8:09am

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