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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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winter sleep system
When the temps are forecasted in the single digits (F) I bring: WM Antelope MF Ridgerest torso pad Full length Walmart blue pad Shelter depending on terrain and weather

In GEAR » What is your cold weather sleeping system?
November 14, 8:59am

big pocket
Craig, the latest two packs have one big pocket that wraps around the pack. Apparently I've done a poor job showing that. If you make the back and side pockets one pocket, and design extra le...

In Make Your Own Gear » A very not light pack.
November 12, 8:24am

I'll put in one more plug for these poles. The fiberglass XC ski pole shafts have proven to be really sturdy. The metal tips hold up well, I give them a grind with a file every so often to ke...

In Make Your Own Gear » 6 oz/pole, $30 DIY poles
November 11, 11:04pm

hacking a golite
Craig, part of my inspiration for packs was the Pinnacle. Kevin S. had one on our Bob trip last year, and with a few notable exceptions I really like the feature set. I'd be fairly simple, ...

In Make Your Own Gear » A very not light pack.
November 11, 10:55pm

touring skis
The Fischer E89 and E99 both look good. Fatter than the E99 is a turning point, as much bigger won't fit in groomed tracks. A boot like the Salomon X-Adv 6 or Rossignol BC X-7 will provide ...

In Winter Hiking » help me pick out a new ski setup for my wife
November 11, 7:32am

pack weight
Not sure on the weight. We moved a month ago, and the scale must still be in one of the unpacked boxes. Will advise.

In Make Your Own Gear » A very not light pack.
November 11, 7:23am

update again
The process never stops. After building the North Fork pack and being very happy with the functionality of the side pockets ( I had to extend that to my smaller, toughe...

In Make Your Own Gear » A very not light pack.
November 10, 10:27pm

just say no
To snowshoeing, that is. ;) It's actually rather tough to do a ski/snowshoe trip. Skis are much faster in some situations (breaking trail in deep snow, hard snow), snowshoes faster in ot...

In Winter Hiking » help me pick out a new ski setup for my wife
November 10, 7:07pm

gear geekage
Thanks everyone! And thanks Eugene for linking to those articles, I did indeed use those approaches on this trip, as my gear philosophies and ability to do a trip like this have evolved hand in ha...

In Post-Trip Reports » A November overnight in Glacier
November 09, 8:10am

A November overnight in Glacier
As Click and Clack say: Ha! We're back! Glacier is my backyard now that we live in Kalispell. I did a sixty mile overnight this weekend, starting at Two Medicine hiking the CDT north, then ...

In Post-Trip Reports » A November overnight in Glacier
November 08, 9:13pm

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