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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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It sounds like a turbo version of parts of Arizona's Mogollan Rim, or (less so) some of the rare Southern Utah slots with enough ground water to create in canyon jungles. Places where even...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 30, 7:25am

cheapish snow pants
Montane Featherlites over long undies. Not massively durable, but windproof, breathable, dead light, and a good deal. I use midweight soft shell pants (pata simple guides) for BC skiing becaus...

In GEAR » Pants for winter hiking, snowshoeing, XC skiing - under $100
December 29, 1:49pm

freakin enginerds
I gave up my calculator after HS calculus (last math class of my life), and haven't owned one since. This is far and away the best staff picks yet. Well done. Some points: -Had a high m...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 29, 1:43pm

best gear of 2010
1: Alpacka Yukon Yak w/ spraydeck -most versatile and inspiring tool for wilderness travel since the rucksack 2: My MYOG packs -perfect for my needs 3: Tenk...

In GEAR » Your Best Gear of 2010
December 27, 5:54pm

The year in review
Jan-July: July-Dec: Lots of best-ever backcountry trips this year, especially the May trip across the Thorofare, which completely altered...

In Post-Trip Reports » The year in review
December 25, 1:46pm

Awesome trip idea, should be great. It cracks me up that there are place right now where you can still hike in shorts. I presume you'll have tools and tubes with your bike, lots of spicky...

In Gear Lists » Morongo Multisport Melding Madness, Round 1
December 23, 7:26am

Mec Reflex
The MEC Reflex is as warm or warmer, and much cheaper.

In GEAR » Winter Parka recommendation
December 22, 8:49am

I've used the Montbell Breeze-Tec for the last 18 months. Super light and tiny, waterproof, acceptable condensation. My wife also finds a tent to be comforting. We're working on it. I...

In Philosophy & Technique » Going tentless
December 21, 9:15pm

I go bivvy-only (a real, waterproof one) on some trips, either when speed and pack space are at a premium, or when the weather looks nice. For mosquitoes, I find sleeping in a headnet to be qu...

In Philosophy & Technique » Going tentless
December 21, 1:05pm

re: MYOG packs
Nice! Like the Granite Gear mod/hack job especially.

In Make Your Own Gear » Two MYOG packs
December 21, 1:00pm

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