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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: New Panel Loader From ZPacks
Joe and John, nice work, looks well done. The #5 zip and especially internal compression straps will I think be key to longevity. The top cinch in stock form looks like a roll top without the o...

In GEAR » New Panel Loader From ZPacks
July 23, 8:07am

Re: Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
Daniel, all three are solid options. Which you pick should come down to personal preference. A lot of option 1 burned last year. This can be good, in that you'll have more open views, and ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
July 22, 4:48pm

Re: cutting off double layer in hood
Not worth doing, thing works well as is. I actually bought a LS crew and sold the hoodie. Fantastic sub 40F baselayer, and I liked the low profile neck better. I am considering buying the one ...

In GEAR » Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody
July 20, 8:14am

re: packrafting
Here is a photo my wife took on Sunday's trip. Morgan Rucks, a distinctly non Scout sized person, running Kintla Creek rapid on the North Fork in our Scout. Warm weather does have it'...

In GEAR » Gear spew from the Packraft Roundup
July 15, 9:00pm

Re: Re: Re: Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
"Does one really need to change into clothes that werent used while cooking also or is that a bit extreme?" In my book it is indeed extreme, and I've cooked and eaten a lot of fi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
July 15, 4:41pm

Re: Re: Re: ...APA Roundup
A repeat in 2015 is very likely. Hope your trip went well Aiden.

In Packrafting » APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
July 15, 4:35pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Gear spew from the Packraft Roundup
The proto UL Scout had a lighter vectran material in the tubes, and a much lighter urethene floor. Not sure what they'll end up with eventually. Doom was very enthusiastic about the performan...

In GEAR » Gear spew from the Packraft Roundup
July 15, 4:34pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Gear spew from the Packraft Roundup
Yep, 50D is 2.9ish oz/yard, and the 150D cuben hybrid is about 5.3. Makes more sense to me to talk in denier, as we don't use overall weight to discuss any other type of fabric. Philip, the...

In GEAR » Gear spew from the Packraft Roundup
July 15, 6:53am

Gear spew from the Packraft Roundup
The first annual Packraft Roundup, put on by the American Packrafting Association, took place this weekend on the west border of Glacier National Park. It was fantastic. I met a lot of BPLers, pa...

In GEAR » Gear spew from the Packraft Roundup
July 14, 6:31pm

Re: Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
To spray or not is a personal decision. I never carry it anymore. There's a case to be made for it, but too many people roll in here, buy spray, and assume they're good to go. Cultivatin...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
July 14, 3:14pm

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