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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Marquette BC ski
Reviewed here: Not really an appropriate tool for multiday trips (due to the weight), but a very fun and e...

In GEAR » Marquette BC ski
January 27, 2:39pm


In Winter Hiking » New Ski
January 27, 12:44pm

T3 v. T4
There probably isn't much of a difference, if any. My understanding is that as the T2 got bigger and taller (2 buckles, then 3, then beefier buckles) the T3 got beefier (stiffer plastic) and...

In Winter Hiking » Some new ski stuff
January 26, 3:58pm

portaging and frame bags
With compact triangle mountain bikes, putting the nose of the saddle on top of your shoulder is usually the best option anyway. You can strap/tape some padding there if needed.

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Bicycle Touring
January 26, 3:51pm

Some new ski stuff The return to NA distribution of the T-4 should be quite relevant for a lot of folks. The Garmont Excursion has previously been th...

In Winter Hiking » Some new ski stuff
January 26, 10:57am

vest for cold
Mike, I'd go the fleece route for sure. Fleece will breath much better than any fill vest. Patagonia R1 or R2, depending on warmth desired, would both be solid options. I have an old heavywe...

In GEAR » recommendation for vest- on the move AND insulation for camp/sleep
January 25, 6:43pm

winter packs
I made my own really big frameless pack for (among other things) winter travel. Brian, you may have constructive things to say, but your sanctimonious attitude hides them. I'd encourage y...

In Winter Hiking » Winter multi-day packs
January 25, 6:40pm

Ross, took me a while to find this. I'm due to write up a formal review this week. In summary, they're a great idea. They kill it in soft snow. The only thing that prevents them from ...

In Winter Hiking » New Ski
January 25, 3:28pm

icey snow
A couple worst cases: -Icey crust the requires crampons on a steep traverse with exposure. -Burly crust with sugar underneath, when the crust is just weak enough for you to break through. Post...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Icy Snow & Backpacking
January 24, 2:39pm

VX-21 durability
The VX-21 is holding up very well thus far. The face fabric is a tight, fine weave (compared to conventional Cordura) to I think it'll last a while. Gains almost no weight when soaked, which ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Dimension Polyant Fabrics - Xpac and the like...
January 24, 2:28pm

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