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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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boat sizing
Travis, I have to pre-'11 inverted horseshoe backrest. Different critter from the sound. Sad though it is, if your knees are 4" above the level of the tube tops I reckon you need to si...

In Packrafting » New Alpacka boat design!
April 04, 8:55pm

re: sizing
What is the fit like with the backrest inflated? That's the key. In my boat I always have my knees bent a bit and splayed outward. I don't have enough room for both feet to be level wi...

In Packrafting » New Alpacka boat design!
April 04, 8:09pm

re: new boats!
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet! Post pics when you can!

In Packrafting » New Alpacka boat design!
April 04, 7:13pm

massive data!
And thank you for doing so much work Richard. Very interesting stuff.

In Make Your Own Gear » Protocol B Version 1 Procedure and Test Results
April 04, 7:12pm

BC boots
Royal, those are some pretty old T2s. Nothing wrong with that. The boots looks to be in very good shape, if the pin holes are the same, you're good to go. Fitting ski boots is a complex to...

In Winter Hiking » BC ski gear for rugged, mileage focused touring
April 04, 4:37pm

Maune finishes Barkley
Very impressive Brett, well done. I wasn't one to doubt his claims concerning the JMT, and this certainly provides a good rebuttal to the main (if slightly specious) argument that his cred w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Brett Maune becomes the 10th person to finish Barkley Marathons!
April 04, 10:43am

raft backrest
Here's a trick I picked up from the Alaska crew, who moved their seats forward for better centering in older boats with thigh straps: I glued a lash point onto the back inside of my boat, ri...

In Packrafting » Not using the backrest?
April 04, 8:41am

nice trip/review
I'm jealous of all that dry dirt! The Appalachians are very nice. I hadn't thought of just using one of the lower straps, good call. Thus far (mountain biking and day hiking to fish) I...

In GEAR » 24 Hours with the TrailLite Designs Bandoleer Pack
April 02, 5:19pm

trench foot
I haven't had the pleasure myself. ;) I do think that, as Mike notes, ensuring dry feet in camp is vital. Fuzzy wool sleep socks and a synthetic bag, and perhaps a fire, are all a good idea.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stream crossings with low-rise trail runners
April 01, 1:57pm

wet shoes
"Does it even matter?" Not unless it's pretty cold, and even then there are ways to keep wet feet warm. The wet feet = blisters bit is just a myth.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stream crossings with low-rise trail runners
April 01, 1:22pm

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