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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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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Wilderness Classic post-game
For a variety of reasons I changed a few things for the race. Actual gear carried list and discussion is in the profile.

In Gear Lists » Wilderness Classic post-game
July 25, 4:31pm

welded seams
The Triumph anorak still uses them.

In GEAR » Whatever happened to welded seams?
July 11, 7:36am

poncho tarps
Poncho tarps are great, versatile pieces of gear. It's good to have one in the quiver. I prefer the different pitches you can get with a flat poncho tarp. To compare apples to apples you s...

In GEAR » New GoLite poncho tarp vs. MLD
July 10, 2:32pm

fat and fat!
Show me a paleo twizzler and we'll talk. My experience is similar to Chris' insofar as finding it really hard to stay warm when lean goes. I've never had too crazy a metabolism thou...

In Philosophy & Technique » Low Body Fat - The Tipping Point
July 10, 9:19am

"I'll be in Yosemite in August, then Zion in September and Big Sur/Redwoods in November. I plan to do a lot of trips within this next year in the Pacific Southwest (likely Sierras and the ...

In GEAR » Shelter Advice
July 08, 1:20pm

I don't see why the fabric couldn't be lighter. It's quite a bit more substantial than jackets like the Triumph Anorak.

In GEAR » Thoughts on Montane Spektr?
July 07, 7:49am

re: Spektr
I got ya:

In GEAR » Thoughts on Montane Spektr?
July 06, 7:17pm

A W E S O M E !

In Editor's Roundtable » We're Going to Disneyland!
July 05, 8:09pm

Roclite sizing
IME Inov8 sizing is quite comparable (length wise) to most major shoe brands. I wear a 45 in New Balance, LaSportiva, and Inov8. Bear in mind the Roclite 315 is a pretty wide fitting shoe. I c...

In GEAR » Help on Inov 8 Roclite 315 sizing
July 05, 5:16pm

feeding the troll
OP, its unfortunate you presented a good question in such an un-serious way. My answers are several. Bear in mind that while I don't engage in the uncivilized activity that is running, I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why is a stove part of an "ultralight" system <3 days?
July 04, 9:06am

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