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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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glass bears
I find it hard to take this question seriously. OP, you might want to establish yourself a bit else you find your last name prophetic.

In GEAR » Glass Mason Jars and Bears
June 29, 10:45am

UL for ULs sake?
I do think DU raises a legit point. I look at the current Jam and ask what features I would dispense with or lighten? Aside from possibly the mesh back strip, there are none. The Ohm looks l...

In GEAR » Notes on the 2011 Jam
June 29, 10:41am

oh dear
Dan, the key word there was "respectively."

In GEAR » Notes on the 2011 Jam
June 29, 7:00am

The Exos and Hornet were cited in this article as comparisions; they're two examples of the oft cited "lighter and better carrying framed packs" argument against frameless packs. T...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011
Part 2B – Technical Evaluation – Measurement of Pack Load Carrying Capacity

June 28, 8:52pm

schweaty straps
If your neck is getting chaffed by your shoulder straps I cannot but think there's something seriously wrong with your pack fit. With a good wicking shirt and straps faced with 3D mesh I'...

In GEAR » Pack Strap Comfort
June 28, 8:45pm

next indeed
Data suggests the Windrider carries worse. The Ohm and Swift have, respectively, wimpy side and pocket fabrics. Both also have compression systems that are less versatile. (Ex: poor at carryin...

In GEAR » Notes on the 2011 Jam
June 28, 3:45pm

What I was hinting at, and what Will's article today confirms, is that the lighter framed packs argument is a red herring. Which lighter framed pack carries as well as the Jam? (crickets)

In GEAR » Notes on the 2011 Jam
June 28, 3:25pm

pack testing
Well done sir. I think one of reasons the Golites do so well is the way the belt is anchored to the pack, as well as the stiff foam in the belt. Very little sag in the belt to pack interface.

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011
Part 2B – Technical Evaluation – Measurement of Pack Load Carrying Capacity

June 28, 3:04pm

re: packrafting Austria
That river looks like great paddling.

In Post-Trip Reports » Packrafting in Austria
June 28, 8:05am

Jam weight
I trimmed shoulder, waist, and sternum straps, and replaced the top draw cord and cordlock with smaller and lighter ones (mainly cuz the stock one would suck up lots of water). That's it. Add...

In GEAR » Notes on the 2011 Jam
June 28, 8:03am

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