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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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shoes for winter
With the insulation of overboots you may not need new shoes at all. Switching to a vapor barrier sock and light insulated sock, plus the overboots, may keep your feet very warm. My one hesitati...

In Winter Hiking » Proper trail runner choice for those using overboots?
August 27, 10:07am

shoe fit
"How much room do you leave in front of your toes?" Generally around 3/4". Just as if not more important is having enough room on the sides, especially the 6th toe (knob behind t...

In GEAR » Help on Shoe Fit Please...
August 27, 9:28am

site feedback
I don't like the header font, and the relevance of the Himalayan ridge is lost on me. Otherwise, I echo the feedback on the simple and effective layout. Very easy to find what you're lo...

In On the Web » Suluk 46 - Website Feedback
August 25, 11:10pm

I haven't used these shoes at all since my last post. It seems that the aforementioned heel issue actually rubbed my achilles enough to cause substantial inflamation, such that in the interest...

In GEAR » NB MT100
August 25, 2:32pm

bugz in the t-star
Thanks Travis. I've thought a lot about buying/making a bug inner tent for my trailstar, but haven't come up with what seemed like a clean solution. I do fine with sleeping in my headnet....

In GEAR » Bug protection for MLD trail star
August 25, 2:28pm

Chris, I'll try to answer question 1: in short, maybe. I find that with big (literally) projects small mistakes or inaccuracies tend to get amplified, and thus can become big problems. With...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Silnylon Floorless 2-Person Tent
August 25, 8:52am

rain mitts
The OR Endeavor mitts are very nice, and actually waterproof. The problem with neoprene for hiking it that it is not windproof at all, and very prone to convective heat loss.

In GEAR » Lightweight waterproof rain mitts/gloves
August 24, 2:08pm

The TenkaraUSA flies are really boutique ($$$$$$). Your local shop should have what you need, with flies in the 1-2 dollar/per range. The western fly paradigm puts a premium on matching fly to ...

In Fishing » Tenkara Fly size
August 24, 12:33pm

the domain of packrafting
Vick, it sounds like you haven't paddled a real packraft (which at the moment only equal Alpackas, or the NRS boat). I would indeed argue that the weight, packability, versatility, and ran...

In Packrafting » UL personal watercraft
August 24, 12:26pm

aesthetics of backpacking
Saw these folks in Yellowstone yesterday. From Chicago, out for a five day trip. Ouch! What is in there? I don't care how fit you are, carrying a huge pack is not fun. I do think tha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Has lightweight packing really caught on?
August 24, 12:11pm

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