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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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thin socks
DeFeet aireators are very thin, hold up well, and quite cheap.

In GEAR » Socks for minimalist trail shoes
March 03, 12:59pm

"cheap" rafts and rocks
I think the more relevant question is: can you as a paddler take a Flyweight Designs raft down class II? If you're confident in your ability to not slice up the boat hitting rocks you'd pr...

In Packrafting » Cheaper Raft Options
March 03, 12:55pm

Trailstar for 3
Presuming you're also around 6', I think you'll be fine. Pitch a mid-panel up as the door and you'll have enough room and weather protection. You will have to angle the center pol...

In GEAR » Trailstar Question
March 02, 1:30pm

SW Ut early April
Mark, the main part of the Zion traverse would be a good trip that fits your time frame. However, snow is likely to be problematic that time of year, at least in spots. It might be worth it anywa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Zion/Bryce Hike Early April
March 02, 1:27pm

re: SHT in Feb
Excellent TR and gear overview. Rain saturated snow is just about the worst travel surface I can think of. Last spring in Yellowstone I had rain at 8000' overnight; the next day I was (occasi...

In Post-Trip Reports » SHT in February: A tale of two trips
February 28, 8:21am

re: re: yep
Haven't been camping since an overnighter on 12/31/10. The BC skiing has been too good (and it's easier to go pure powder hounding on day trips). I'm ok with that.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Feeling like an impostor these days
February 26, 8:50am

re: b-pin' blogs
Thanks for the props guys. Sam and Eugene covered most of the stuff I read regularly, except some skiing stuff. Honestly I don't read too much BPing specific blogs, too much gear, too lit...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What are your favorite backpacking blogs?
February 25, 9:04am

teton crest
Well done! Added to the list of to-dos.

In Editor's Roundtable » Trip Report: 2010 Teton Crest Expedition
February 23, 7:36am

interactive snotel
I've found NOAAs modeling program to be pretty darn accurate. Here's the short link: http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/interactive/html/map.html Works even if you don't have Snotels in the...

In Winter Hiking » Estimating snow depth after rain and temperatures above freezing
February 23, 7:21am

GC summer sleeping
You'll likely be able to find rocks for your tarp. The ground in those campgrounds is indeed rock hard. Fleece blankets or even light sleeping bag liners (of silk or coolmax) will likely ...

In Gear Lists » Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Family Backpack gear questions
February 22, 3:43pm

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