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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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good stuff
Next year, I hope to be in Montana when hunting season does not coincide with the end of a semester of grad school. I have visions of shooting an elk in the Bob, and packing it down the South Fo...

In Other Activities » LW Backcountry Hunt
December 13, 10:45am

I think the Traverse is just what you're looking for. It's quite tough, blocks enough wind, and breathes very well. Nice long arms and trim torso, too. (I have the pullover and wear it a...

In GEAR » Another windshirt thread
December 12, 11:16pm

not necessarily
I know of several rather experienced adventurers (Roman Dial, Anton Krupicka) who typically do not use insoles at all. It might wear on your socks a bit, but if it works for you, it works. I...

In GEAR » Do I need insoles in my shoes?
December 12, 9:49am

Thanks Richard for bringing the science, it's nice to have a counterpoint to anecdotal experience. Having owned and used both a Houdini and a Ready Mix (now Ascentionist), I find it hard to ...

In GEAR » Softshell Fabrics Compared
December 12, 9:45am

For snow you gotta have an instep strap. Unless you glued/sewed the gaiters to the shoe. I have velcro patches shoo-gooed onto all my shoes. The classic Rocky Mountain Highs are still perfec...

In GEAR » Short, soft-shell gaiter for trail shoes in snow
December 10, 10:03pm

IMO waterproof gloves don't exist. (Aside from kitchen gloves or such silliness.) Windproof (ie with a laminate) fleece gloves are very warm in a wide temp range. Problem is they dry slow....

In GEAR » Lightweight windproof/waterproof gloves?
December 09, 10:28pm

define the terms
"Soft shell" has come to means enough things that the term itself doesn't mean much. If you're talking about a hard face, windstopper laminate with a fleece liner then the util...

In GEAR » Q. soft shell vs fleece
December 09, 10:23pm

This is a funny thread. For me there is only one rule: choose your partners well.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Unwritten Rules of Backpacking with Buddies
December 09, 8:45am

Sounds like a race pace trip, in which case a puffy jacket and bivvy might be fine. You'll wake up freezing on schedule, no alarm needed! I have a UL60 quilt. I figure it's good (for m...

In GEAR » 40*F: UL60 quilt + bivy OR down pants/jacket + bivy
December 08, 9:43pm

I quite like my BPL 60 quilt. It's a summer quilt, that's for sure. With shorts and a Patagonia Down hoody I've found it good to around 40 (this was without a pad, too). A bit of a n...

In GEAR » Summer quilt
December 07, 3:23pm

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