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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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This is what I got: Grey is epic, blue and neon green are Equilibrium, pink is from the old anorak. I've only one BC skiing in it on nice days thus far, but it seems to fit the sp...

In Make Your Own Gear » Paging the fabric gurus
December 14, 9:27am

re: Camp Magix 10s
Nick, should be able to give them a good work out this weekend. The rain we've gotten lately below 5000' should free into some nasty mank as the week goes on and the temps drop.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » BD Contact crampons
December 13, 5:08pm

re: ugly gear
While I agree with the writer's overarching thesis, the examples he uses betray a rather substantial lack of actualy knowledge. I can call a building ugly, but I'm not a qualified architec...

In GEAR » Why is outdoor gear so ugly? The weird world of performance outerwear
December 13, 7:51am

Camp Magix 10
Ended up going with door 3: Camp Magix 10 point steel crampons. They have a flexible, dual steel bar with a very wide range. They fit my size 45 trail runners and my mondo 28 tele boots just fi...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » BD Contact crampons
December 12, 8:52pm

patterned bases
Different ski companies make very different sorts of fishscales. Fischer and Rossi seem to have less grip, but are faster on the down. Karhu/Madshus are in the middle, and Alpina is the most aggr...

In Winter Hiking » BC ski gear for rugged, mileage focused touring
December 12, 4:35pm

TS guyline length
I almost always use one panel midpoint as the door. That gets a 4-5' guyline in red/blue. All the corners get 3-4' of the stock yellow line. I carry another 6 3-4' pieces of yellow l...

In GEAR » Trailstar guy line length
December 10, 12:07am

Great comments thus far. I'll just add that solo backpacking only seems dangerous. Driving to work is much more likely to kill or hurt you. The only reason we're all not terrified of dri...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo...and the wife (or husband)
December 08, 6:10pm

hitching a ride
Hitching can be hit or miss for sure. Your best bet in the west is to hope a European comes along soon, typically American tourists avoid eye contact with hitchhikers and drive right past. Of cou...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go in Montana/Wyoming?
December 08, 6:05pm

re: winter layering
John, I own a lot of Patagonia. I wish I was sponsored (even the lowest level athletes get 70% off), but I'm not an especially noteworthy adventurer. I tend to buy Patagonia because: -It f...

In GEAR » Some thoughts on winter layering
December 06, 11:59am

Some thoughts on winter layering
Lots of questions about winter layering lately. I've been pretty happy with my system, so I wrote about it. I'd read this first:

In GEAR » Some thoughts on winter layering
December 06, 9:17am

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