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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: Paradox
Framesheets have benefits, but they're a very weight-inefficient way of supporting a load, which is why you see just about all the hunting pack manufacturers figuring out ways to cut them out o...

In GEAR » Paradox Pack or Mchale?
April 08, 9:08pm

Re: Hipbelt Help
I don't think a burlier lumbar pad is the right way to go. Rather, a true full wrap belt like the Paradox or some McHale packs is worth a try. Even the least butted among us have some widenin...

In GEAR » Hipbelt Help
April 08, 5:16pm

Re: Paradox
Walter, that is accurate. Careful packing is required. Ultralight = technique.

In GEAR » Paradox Pack or Mchale?
April 08, 11:02am

Re: Re: Cuben Hybrid
Just ordered a yard of that Cascade Craftworks 5 oz/yard cuben (nice find). 52 dollars shipped; stuff better be worth it.

In Editor's Roundtable » The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
April 08, 10:06am

Re: Re: obsolete = cheap
The stock liners in my Sportiva boots are comfy and tour great, but if I were going to take them on the winter Classic I'd want to upgrade them to something warmer.

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
April 08, 7:34am

Re: Paradox Pack or Mchale?
Can't help with regards to McHale, but I find it hard to fathom a 50+ pound capable pack carrying closer to the body than a Paradox. The Paradox rides closer than a lot of frameless packs.

In GEAR » Paradox Pack or Mchale?
April 07, 10:20pm

Re: Cuben vs XPAC
"I've used both the fabrics and personally would put VX07 and Cuben hybrid as about the same in regards to abrasion." Interesting. VX-07 is an ideal trail fabric in my book. It ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
April 07, 10:18pm

Re: Re: High Sierra Snowshoe Trip ~ March 2014
The learning curve of skiing is a harsh one, no way around it. Whenever I have too many decent days out in a row, I get nervous because I know I'm in for a thrashing soon.

In Post-Trip Reports » High Sierra Snowshoe Trip ~ March 2014
April 07, 4:01pm

Re: Re: Popular (cottage) Backpacks - Spreadsheet Details
Looks pretty good to me. You can only chase your tail so much on capacity. Even if you sort out a system for main compartment volume v. overall volume, you still have differing systems for calc...

In GEAR » Popular (cottage) Backpacks - Spreadsheet Details
April 07, 3:59pm

cuben controversy
This thread is overdue in at least four or five ways. I appreciate everyones candor.

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben tent for mountaineering?
April 07, 3:52pm

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