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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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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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Alternative rainwear
Trying to assemble a master list. Requirements: -commercially available -functions as worn rain gear -not pants and jacket What I've got so far: -MLD poncho tarps of various kinds ...

In GEAR » Alternative rainwear
April 07, 3:19pm

It's always been BPC for me! I refuse to spend more than 200 bucks on a shelter (for instance). Reading about all the skin failures during the Elk doesn't exactly sell me on race skis...

In Editor's Roundtable » SIA Nordic Ski On-Snow Demo 2011: New Waxless Ski Technologies
April 07, 10:20am

re: Wow
Hey Anne! Our surnames make us somewhat conspicuous, eh? PM me if/when you're around, it'd be great to catch up. Nice job in the Arrowhead, btw.

In Editor's Roundtable » A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
April 07, 10:15am

David W, those skis with 3 pins and the heavier plastic/leather boots sound good for what you have in mind. You might be able to find the Eons on sale right now, too.

In Winter Hiking » BC ski gear for rugged, mileage focused touring
April 07, 10:14am

light backcountry gear
There is no question that rando race gear is at the cutting edge, especially w/r/t weight (and boot tech). What is less obvious to me is the extent to which it applies well to a definition of back...

In Editor's Roundtable » SIA Nordic Ski On-Snow Demo 2011: New Waxless Ski Technologies
April 06, 8:14pm

Almost made it to 20 without a gear question! ;) Tad, the gear list is geared towards April-June and September-early November trips. On that trip to Bowman I had a lot more. WM Antelope M...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
April 06, 12:49pm

Thanks everyone
I've got a few ideas I'd like to work up soon.

In Editor's Roundtable » A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
April 06, 8:47am

OT/FS: Giro Revolver helmet
One Giro Revolver ski helmet, new in the box w/ tags. Won it at a race last weekend and don't need/want it. Size large, Matte black. $55 shipped in CONUS.

In Gear Swap » OT/FS: Giro Revolver helmet
April 06, 8:46am

A Country Divided (go team!)
Thank you Nick and Thom, I had quite a fun time putting this one together. I'd also like to point out those unheralded members of the BPL team; editor Addie and her intern. She did an excel...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
April 05, 3:57pm

ankle biters
A word of caution: I really liked my MT100s last spring, and thought I had solved the achilles issue by cutting the heel down. Instead, the odd pressure gave me some tendon inflammation that nagge...

In GEAR » NB MT101 shredding my ankle
April 05, 3:54pm

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