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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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FS: BD Firstlight
1st generation BD Firstlight (yellow Epic fabric). Used a lot. Fairly extensive abrasions on canopy from poles rubbing against the ground during an epic, wind powered runaway tent disaster years ...

In Gear Swap » FS: BD Firstlight
May 19, 9:59pm

FS: Trailstar
Gray MLD Trailstar from late 2009. Used quite a bit. Sealed thoroughly, but not neatly. One small hole from abrasion towards the lower edge of one panel repaired by laminating a oval of blue sil...

In Gear Swap » FS: Trailstar
May 19, 8:48pm

Looks like we'll have a review for ya'll come fall. I'll be spending a lot of time in the rain this summer, it would seem.

In GEAR » Rain jackets less than 8 oz
May 19, 8:45pm

sub 8 oz shells
So it sounds like I didn't miss anything. Good. ;)

In GEAR » Rain jackets less than 8 oz
May 18, 6:12pm

Hells Canyon
Sounds like a cool trip. Aside from the heavy shelter, nothing screams out as particularly deserving of replacement. I look forward to the article.

In Gear Lists » Hells Canyon Rim to Rim Hiking/Packrafting Gear List
May 18, 11:33am

8-11 oz
Durability, that's the question isn't it? There are quite a few jackets in the 11-8 oz range, with far fewer under 8. Begs the question of what drives this (given that 6 oz WPB shells h...

In GEAR » Rain jackets less than 8 oz
May 18, 11:12am

Rain jackets less than 8 oz
WPB jackets/anoraks/pullovers with a hood, and less than 8 oz, which are available right now. What have I missed? Montane Spektr 6 Montane Litespeed H20 6.3 Golite Malpais 7 OR Helium 6.9 ...

In GEAR » Rain jackets less than 8 oz
May 18, 10:54am

Chris that's largely true. Mountain biking in general uses the upper body and core more, and singlespeeding much, much moreso, especially the core. It can be right up with ski touring if you ...

In Winter Hiking » Ski Touring: The Ultimate Workout!
May 18, 10:26am

Well written sir! From my view as a mental health professional, it is always good to see overall family health held up as not necessarily equal to financial abundance. More time outside and les...

In Editor's Roundtable » Field Notes of a Family Man: How to Nurture Your Family and Your Backpacking Obsession
May 18, 9:47am

Use drybags and either swim with your pack on, or take it off and use it as a kickboard.

In GEAR » Gear & swimming?
May 17, 12:16pm

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