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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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Bandoleer pack
I also have a test pack. I few thoughts while my video uploads: -I envision two separate questions being used to frame a review: is the pack well designed and built, and is the unistrap well co...

In GEAR » TrailLite Designs Bandoleer - First Impressions
March 29, 11:37pm

The toungue on the intuitions liners chaffed my ankle pretty badly, so I replace them with some overlap liners, cut down. They need to broken in a bit after the molding, but take up a bit more spa...

In Winter Hiking » BC frankenboot
March 29, 7:34pm

re: training for snowshoe travel
Especially when snowshoeing in deep and/or variable snow, you certainly use muscles in unique ways. It'd be hard to directly replicate this without snow, maybe go to the beach and snowshoe aro...

In Winter Hiking » Training For Snowshoe Travel
March 29, 7:30pm

re: Camp Magix 10s
I like them a lot. Can't imagine a 10 point steel crampon being better, really. The anti-bot rubber plate things are quite effective, the points are sharp and burly, and the angled underfoot ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » BD Contact crampons
March 28, 7:10pm

frozen shoes
Plenty of good tricks stated already. I'm in the "not a big deal" camp, just put 'em on and get over it. If they're really frozen heat some water and pour it in/on the boo...

In GEAR » Looking for a remedy for frozen footwear in the morning
March 28, 7:02pm

wide load
The paddle does break down into four pieces.

In GEAR » my dirty big secret, PLEEZ Read!!
March 28, 7:38am

light poles
"Is it as dramatic as going from boots to trail runners?" Yes. 100% yes.

In GEAR » How important is the weight of trekking poles?
March 27, 7:28pm

and now for something completely different..

In GEAR » my dirty big secret, PLEEZ Read!!
March 27, 7:23pm

one strap
Jeff and Craig, I don't have answers to those questions yet. I will soon. Rest, we don't clean our house. Get over it.

In GEAR » my dirty big secret, PLEEZ Read!!
March 27, 5:28pm

re: cuben fiber
You guys are hilarious. ;)

In GEAR » my dirty big secret, PLEEZ Read!!
March 26, 8:23am

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