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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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double bottom
I make all my packs with a double bottom. Gridstop outside and XV-21 inside is a solid combo.

In Make Your Own Gear » stronger fabric comparisons
September 13, 5:49pm

re; one pole
Thanks Stephen, I suspected as much.

In GEAR » Solomid with one pole?
September 13, 5:46pm

strong fabrics
I've used VX-21 (what seems to usually be called Xpac), Gridstop, and 1000D ballistics in a number of projects. My thoughts: VX-21's chief virtue is it's 200 psi waterproofness. I ...

In Make Your Own Gear » stronger fabric comparisons
September 13, 2:59pm

Solomid with one pole?
I'm thinking about getting a Solomid, as I want the lightest fully enclosed shelter I can get that sets up with minimal fuss. The only potential downside I can think of is that it seems to req...

In GEAR » Solomid with one pole?
September 13, 2:46pm

I'm pretty psyched you used that photo for the banner.

In Editor's Roundtable » Guidelines for Grizzly Country
September 13, 1:59pm

zion overnight
If you want a full two day hike and are a strong hiker with strong joints and legs the Narrows cannot be beat. Rent/buy neoprene socks (2mm) and bring warm clothes in a dry bag. Might be the most...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Zion overnight recommendation
September 13, 11:41am

ultra endurance
There are scads of "1 day" endurance events (100 miles on foot or bike or ski). The Hardrock 100, Badwater, Barkley Marathons, and the AK events (Susitna and White Mountains) are at the ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Extreme endurance races
September 12, 10:03am

The Hok article is in the que, and will be published soon (whenever Addie wants to). Chris, you guys rocked it. That is a hard route. That espresso in Talkeetna is still the best I've ever...

In Editor's Roundtable » With a Capital C: My 2011 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic
September 11, 10:09pm

re: 1/3 of a Jam
My torso is 20.5". The wraparound pocket is key. I've found it great for everything from wet shelters to snowshoes to PFDs. I can put 2 standard nalgenes in each side.

In Make Your Own Gear » 1/3 of a Jam
September 10, 7:16am

1/3 of a Jam

In Make Your Own Gear » 1/3 of a Jam
September 09, 6:35pm

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