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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: All around Day Pack
One potential issue with the Asc 25 and Scrambler 30 is they come in one size and have short torsos. With a 21" torso I find this less than ideal, even if you don't use a hipbelt they sti...

In GEAR » All around Day Pack
May 16, 8:53am

Re: Rab Strata length
The arms are super long, longest I've ever seen on a puffy coat. The torso is on the short side of average. Rab sizes such pieces to not poke out from your rain coat, which I like, but if you...

In GEAR » Rab Strata length
May 16, 8:47am

Re: Re: Re: Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
I'd call Seek Outside about the dimension question. The Divide circumference gets bigger at the top, ergo ideal for bear cans. I have a 21" torso as well, and I find the 24" fra...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
May 16, 8:44am

Re: Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
Bradford, if carrying the fatty bear can is your main requirement I'd look at the Unaweep Divide 4200. It's a bit shorter and wider than the plain Unaweep, specifically to accommodate bear...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
May 16, 12:20am

Re: Forecast jinx
Unless a particularly nasty storm (read: snow) is forecasted I'm not to fussed about the weather. I'll pack the same stuff regardless. What is more intriguing is the streamflow forecast...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 16, 12:12am

Re: First trip out west
The Eagle Creek campground outside Gardiner is nice and less likely to be crowded, but not in the park. In August the smaller park campgrounds like Pebble fill up before 10am, cruising the loop an...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 15, 8:57pm

Re: Best western backpacking destinations
Thanks everyone, good ideas.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best western backpacking destinations
May 15, 2:00pm

Best western backpacking destinations
Brainstorming for an article and would appreciate everyone's input. Though I grew up in the Midwest dreaming of western trips, I've lived out here long enough that I've probably lost s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best western backpacking destinations
May 15, 9:59am

Re: Yellowstone
That's a good itinerary for sure. 3T2 (and 3T3) is an awesome, awesome camp at the edge of a huge gorgeous meadow. 5E6 (and 5E4) both have nice little pebble beaches on Yellowstone Lake. 5L2...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 15, 9:42am

Re: Thorofare I need to do an article which is a flowchart/choose your own adventure for first time backpac...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 14, 5:52pm

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