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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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no Stratos
I'd strongly recommend not getting the Stratos 18. It has the "air zone" or whatever Osprey calls it backpad, which amounts to a beefy framesheet that curves out and creates a space ...

In GEAR » 20-25L Daypack ?
February 09, 8:08pm

The Talon series (11 and 22) are absolutely ideal for mountain biking. I use the 11 for day stuff, the 22 for bikepacking or day trips when I bring beer and a big lunch. Beyond all the easy acces...

In GEAR » 20-25L Daypack ?
February 08, 7:56pm

The Needles district is perhaps the most accessible of Colorado Plateau backpacking destinations, meaning that the trails are easy to follow, the water finding isn't especially complex, the sce...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hike recommendation
February 08, 12:16pm

"...somewhere in the US in early April, somewhere it's worth it to fly to. We don't want snow or rain." No wet stuff falling from the sky at that time of year eliminates almost...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hike recommendation
February 07, 6:45pm

size of kids?
How big are your kids? Three adults can easily fit in the Trailstar, if you move the center pole off center or you use a line to hang it. With little kids, I reckon you'd be fine. Get a bi...

In GEAR » MLD Speedmid question.
February 07, 6:12pm

The Coconino NF (and sometimes even the Kaibab) often has a fire ban put into effect in early summer. I'm not sure how a stove like the bushbuddy would factor into that, but when the ban is on...

In GEAR » Wood burning stove VS. alcohol for 400 mile half hike of AZT
February 07, 6:07pm

With only one gear, and eight pound fat bike wheels!

In Other Activities » Arrowhead 135
February 04, 9:27pm

As for the boat crossing, I have no idea what the "official" rules are in the hiking community. I'd say go for it. Hiking 10 miles there and back just for the rules police seems, fo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
February 04, 9:25pm

one step
"What do I need to do to keep my joints from hurting? Is it as simple as slowly building up my mileage (and therefore the necessary muscles)?" I'd say that is exactly what you need...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
February 04, 9:22pm

Chris, I would agree.

In GEAR » bwm cocoon pullover vs. patagonia nano puff pullover
February 04, 9:05pm

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