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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Long trail
Nice job Will.

In Post-Trip Reports » Long Trail Unsupported Attempt - August 2010
December 01, 5:54pm

cold trail runners
I've taken my standard non-WP trail runners into the low single digits with a vapor barrier sock and medium wool sock and been just fine. Having plenty of room too wiggle the toes is what you ...

In Winter Hiking » How low have you taken your trail runners?
December 01, 5:53pm

I appreciate the feedback Tom, if those worked on Innov8s then I imagine Contacts will work on LaSportivas. I do want steel, and BD has always had good CS for me.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » BD Contact crampons
December 01, 5:50pm

Crossleather review
On a related issue, at three months and many trips in felt able to review my new favorite shoe, and did so at a fair length here:

In GEAR » Backcountry footwear for the other three seasons
December 01, 9:59am

Eric, oddly enough I emailed Hillsound two days ago and got the same response. Kuddos to them for being honest. I think BD licenses Kahtoolas center bars, but not sure about that.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » BD Contact crampons
December 01, 8:49am

another data point
I've been using a Spot 2 for most of this year. It's a cool way to share your adventure with family and friends, though as with all electronics it can fail, and that ought to be planned fo...

In Editor's Roundtable » SPOT2 Personal Locator Review and Extensive Field Test
November 30, 8:33pm

BD Contact crampons
I'm looking for one crampon that I can put on both flexible trail runners and plastic telemark boots. Impossible? Perhaps. These look like the best candidates. So 1) Anyone used the Cont...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » BD Contact crampons
November 30, 6:49pm

tech race bindings
Bill, $$700 uberlight tech bindings have been selling very well amongst the rando race crowd for over a decade. They've been bleeding over into fast ski mountaineering as well, for the well he...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Dynafit Binding Patent Expires - New Competition
November 30, 6:43pm

It looks like a good pack. I like the design, and presume there's a lot more going on than simple carrying capacity to weight analysis would reveal. In particular, the fabric, padding mat...

In GEAR » Absaroka Pack
November 30, 6:39pm

I was up near Glacier NP yesterday afternoon for work and popped over to the foot of Lake McDonald to hide from the wind, take pictures, and marvel at what 20 mph winds and -5F ambient can do.

In Post-Trip Reports » Getting used to winter
November 24, 7:11am

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