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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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re: lost coast
Sick ballz.

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Bicycling the Lost Coast
September 10, 10:15pm

re: JMT lightening
Sell the tent, get a tarp. (Sil, 8 by 10 or so.) Sell the neoair, get a ridgerest. Sell the Arcteryx, get a ULA or Osprey. I bet you can come close to breaking even if your existing gear i...

In Gear Lists » Need Help with My big 4!!
September 10, 9:59pm

re: expert list
1: Super glue How often have you used it? With duct tape probably not needed. 2: Bivy sack Not needed with tarp and good site selection. 3: Two pad system Perhaps light, but two tor...

In Gear Lists » "Expert" List Needs Fresh Perspective
September 10, 9:51pm

split belt
The split belt has lots of merit. Somuchso that my newest pack (MYOG) has one.

In GEAR » Split your hipbelt??
September 10, 9:29pm

re: isle royale
Travis, will do.

In GEAR » Packrafting Isle Royale--need advise
September 08, 11:59pm

re: packrafting Isle Royale
Travis, its difficult to estimate the route time because wind can drastically effect flat water speed in a packraft. I'd plan on at least a week with a bonus day built in. You could always hi...

In GEAR » Packrafting Isle Royale--need advise
September 07, 11:09pm

vids and choss
The steeper parts were loose, though not compared to places like the San Juans in Colorado. Makes Sierra granite look young indeed. Vimeo is so much better than Youtube it ain't funny.

In Post-Trip Reports » Glacier NP ridge walking
September 07, 10:57pm

Glacier NP ridge walking
Not a backpack, but could be, or integrated into a longer route. Myself and three other folks did a killer dayhike in the park on Saturday. We hiked the CDT south from 2 Medicine, then ridge wa...

In Post-Trip Reports » Glacier NP ridge walking
September 07, 8:46pm

hooded midlayer
I've owned (and subsequently sold) both. Quite different shirts. The R1 is warmer, dries much faster and wicks much better. It has marginally worse wind resistance, though neither does muc...

In GEAR » Layering question
September 07, 5:44pm

re: coffee
Good article, worth reviving. Via is pretty awesome stuff, though Forrest McCarthy demonstrated good cowboy coffee the other week. He puts the (super fine) grounds in the pot before it boils, a...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Beautiful Cup
September 07, 5:19pm

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