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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

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Micropuff pants
I got the Micropuffs last year and they're great. The face fabric is very nice. For me, full side zips are key for something this warm. FWIW I wore the Micros and a MEC Reflex on several o...

In GEAR » puffy pants: Patagonia MicroPuff or EB 1st Ascent Igniter?
October 27, 10:29am

WPB v. coated
This spring I tested a coated shell (a packa) back to back to back against a PU and G-tex shell. This gave me a whole new appreciation of what breathability means, as the difference between the pa...

In Editor's Roundtable » Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – Part 2: Are There Detectable Differences Under Real World Backpacking Conditions?
October 26, 10:13pm

That is some seriously dedicated hiking. I disagree on the Spektr being under sized. The sleeves and torso are actually longer than almost any other comparable jacket (all other things being eq...

In Editor's Roundtable » Field Testing Air Permeable Waterproof-Breathable Fabric Technologies – Part 2: Are There Detectable Differences Under Real World Backpacking Conditions?
October 25, 4:04pm

spring postholing
If daytime temps will be high, and/or you'll have to get into the snowy slopes in the afternoon, snowshoes can be worth the weight. I like smaller ones with aggressive crampons (eg MSR Lightni...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Changing spring conditions (sun to snow)
October 25, 10:54am

re: fish stories
LOL Mike. That is a big fish. Not far below Schaffer Meadows on the Middle Fork of the Flathead, on a 3 day packrafting trip, we floated over a deepish gravel bottomed pool and necks snappe...

In Fishing » Fish show & tell
October 23, 10:01pm

something completely different
I am a social worker.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you do for a living?
October 20, 11:11pm

WPB cuben
Only 25 grams lighter than the Triumph and Litespeed H2O. Nonetheless good to see the envelope being pushed.

In GEAR » Zpacks wp/b cuben jacket
October 20, 5:39pm

pad sleeve
A full pad sleeve with a tight fitting pad definitely enhances load carry.

In GEAR » Golite Jam Pad Support
October 20, 8:24am

24 a yard is too dear for me at the moment.

In Make Your Own Gear » Group buy for DX40
October 19, 7:27pm

puffy mods
Luke, I think with your pack making chops you'll be fine. I made my DAS a bit trimmer last year by taking in the sides. Just sew a line up the middle of the side with the jacket inside out, a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modifying an REI Polarguard Jacket Question for the Experts
October 19, 3:07pm

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