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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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pack testing
Put the empty pack on the floor, stand on it, and try to rip the shoulder straps off.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Pack Durability
May 30, 11:23pm

White Rim water
Dean, aside from the Green River from Hardscrabble Bottom north I am not aware of any reliable water source along the White Rim road. There are potholes in the sandstone and tanks in various side ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » March 2012 Recommendations?
May 27, 11:05am

ski repair
Most ski maintenance and repair is pretty simple. Especially if you're not looking for a DH racers edges or an marathon skaters wax. First step is to choose reliable stuff. Any ski failure...

In Winter Hiking » In-field ski repair and ski repair kits
May 27, 8:09am

Bbuddy fit
Kinda. Sideways it fits, but you need a rubber band or strap to hold the lid on.

In GEAR » Bushbuddy Users
May 26, 3:29pm

BB pot
Evernew 1.3 liter. The wider pots seem to work better w/r/t heat transfer. I've used my Trapper's Mug too. No backup. Fire it up and make coffee.

In GEAR » Bushbuddy Users
May 26, 7:38am

big shelter
MSR Twin Brothers or Golite Shangrila 5. You have bugs in SoCal?! The fear of bugs never ceases to amaze me.

In GEAR » Your ideas for a 3 person plus 1 dog shelter
May 25, 8:01pm

re: bias
Given that the overwhelming majority of gear BPL reviews is received gratis, does that call into question other BPL reviews? There are good/interesting questions here, most well apart from wheth...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Sky International Evolution 2P Tent Review
May 25, 5:26pm

March '12
No reliable water sources on the White Rim. It's been run self-supported by folks pushing a goofy mountain bike-rickshaw combo. Aside from a bit of ice on the upper 2k of the N-facing route...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » March 2012 Recommendations?
May 25, 3:01pm

Bob in June
Rivers and streams should be pretty huge at the end of this June, moreso than usual as our massive snowpack is taking its time to melt off. Probably lots of snow up high in shaded spots at the e...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Bob Marshall end of june?
May 25, 2:55pm

Pictured rocks TR
Awesom TR, thanks! My wife and I did the western ~2/3s of your trip years ago (we left my bike in Munising and I rode back to the car). Very fond memories of a worthy destination.

In Post-Trip Reports » SUL on the Shipwreck Coast
May 21, 9:00am

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