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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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I just sit on my pack.

In GEAR » How thick is thy CCF sit pad? Do you cover the ground side in water-resistant/proof layer?
November 08, 8:35pm

regular size
At your weight especially, I'd go with a "normal" length bag. The only thing I'd change with my WM bags is to make them a bit skinnier. For single digits I keep water, gloves ...

In GEAR » Size up for winter bags?
November 08, 11:25am

how big are you?
You're weighing the ability to bring things like boot liners into your bag with the extra air you'll have to heat up. So, How big are you versus your bag (height and girth)? How cold...

In GEAR » Size up for winter bags?
November 08, 8:50am

Brady, it's been hinted at, but I don't think you have enough H2O capacity for dry stretches like Oracle-Gila or Flag-Grand Canyon. IMO, bringing a cuben (or even silnylon) pack in the...

In Gear Lists » Birthday Money
November 05, 11:32pm

eastern routes
I have no idea if the terrain exists in New England for this sort of thing. I'd listen eagerly if someone local started thinking about it.

In Editor's Roundtable » Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
November 05, 12:17pm

I found out about this via these forums, it was stuck down in one of the BPL organizational forums and I happened upon it back in the beginning of September, and immediately emailed to get in on th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
November 04, 9:31pm

I learned a lot about food from Kevin, both from seeing what he had along and by asking him about physiology (much of the info is condensed above). I've been backpacking plenty, and know how t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
November 04, 9:19pm

Thanks mom! She's the one that got me started on all this stuff, I've been backpacking since age 3. Gear list, with commentary but without most weights, is here: http://spreadsheets.goo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
November 03, 11:35pm

no goretex
Unless it's raining. If you're making heat when it's cold, you can build up frost inside a WPB shell because the moisture transport gets so much worse. A good, windproof soft shell is...

In GEAR » Winter Day Hikes
November 03, 8:52pm

And we're already plotting for next year. It was such a cool time of year to be out there.

In Editor's Roundtable » Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
November 03, 8:43pm

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