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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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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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light poles
"Is it as dramatic as going from boots to trail runners?" Yes. 100% yes.

In GEAR » How important is the weight of trekking poles?
March 27, 7:28pm

and now for something completely different..

In GEAR » my dirty big secret, PLEEZ Read!!
March 27, 7:23pm

one strap
Jeff and Craig, I don't have answers to those questions yet. I will soon. Rest, we don't clean our house. Get over it.

In GEAR » my dirty big secret, PLEEZ Read!!
March 27, 5:28pm

re: cuben fiber
You guys are hilarious. ;)

In GEAR » my dirty big secret, PLEEZ Read!!
March 26, 8:23am

my dirty big secret, PLEEZ Read!!
Sucka. The design and construction look really good, btw.

In GEAR » my dirty big secret, PLEEZ Read!!
March 25, 9:50pm

cap 1 v. 2
Cap 2 is much more versitile than cap 1. It can trap more air, thus warmer, and also wicks and dries faster. IMO. Cap 1 is good for HOT weather.

In GEAR » Cap 1 vs Cap 2
March 25, 7:33pm

fireblades v. crosslight
I found the Crosslight/leather to be a hair narrower across the board. My heel slipped a bit in my Fireblades, but is perfect in my Crossleathers.

In GEAR » La Sportiva Fireblade
March 23, 11:37pm

bare liners
Luc, I'll be interested to hear if removing the lining fabric results in more friction, and possible problems. Might be able to deal with that (if it happens) with two thin socks.

In Editor's Roundtable » Fast and Light Winter Travel
March 23, 9:27pm

re: new skis
Very interesting report Mr. Dixon! The thought of waxless skis with better glide and the same or better grip is a very nice one. Hope the technology pans out and filters down to the fatter skis y...

In Editor's Roundtable » SIA Nordic Ski On-Snow Demo 2011: New Waxless Ski Technologies
March 22, 7:38pm

Sorry folks
I was having a dull moment at work earlier, and while I don't think I did too much to get the rock rolling, I probably should have said more what Travis said. Alas. I do think the threa...

In GEAR » Friendly expertise on camping. Please READ!!
March 22, 6:03pm

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