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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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re:lux items
Beer and reading material.

In GEAR » What is YOUR luxury item
May 04, 11:19pm

re: purposes
Lynn T wrote: "I'm personally not interested in trip reports, as again these have nothing directly to do with lightweight alternatives and they are invariably of places I have no intent...

In GEAR » BPL reviews etc.
May 04, 11:07pm

re: mid poles
Poles work just fine if set at an angle (if you need shorter), or with the aforementioned straps or cord system (if you need longer). Also, didn't your mid come with a pole jack?

In GEAR » Using fixed-length trekking poles w/ MLD Mids?
May 04, 4:15pm

re: fit
Lee, I reckon you could go either way, depending on how trim you want the F-lites to be. I also wear a 32/32 in most pants.

In Gear Deals » $47 Montane Featherlite pants on
May 03, 8:46pm

re: snow camping!
Excellent trip. Gorgeous photos. Quality adventure. Doesn't get any better. On a butt cold morning I like to pack and get moving, and have a snickers or two warm up in my clothes, then mu...

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip Report – Snowshoeing the High Sierras – 4/29-5/1/10
May 03, 3:35pm

re:Featherlite sizing
I wear a medium in most pants, though I tend to be on the skinny side. The medium F-lites are perfect. Trim, but enough room to layer a trim pair of softshell pants underneath.

In Gear Deals » $47 Montane Featherlite pants on
May 03, 3:15pm

re: tube mold
Two guidelines: Use your hydration system weekly. It won't mold that way. Replace the hose yearly. Tubing from ACE works fine.

In GEAR » Platypus drinking tubes with Fungus-Mold
May 02, 5:58pm

re: training
Rock on Nate. It sounds like you are all set, just don't get hurt, keep it up, and execute and you'll be fine. When is the magic date? Electrolyte tabs seem like a good idea in the hot...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
May 02, 9:40am

re: content
Amen Jeff P. I'd like to challenge all of us (myself in included) to go on more trips, and then write about them! Do a creative trip and then submit an article. IMO the reviews here are tops...

In GEAR » BPL reviews etc.
May 02, 9:27am

re: removing labels
I remove labels from gear when it's easy to do: simple sewn on badges, stickers, etc. If it takes effort or might be problematic (unfilled needle holes in insulation) I don't bother. You ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Covering up/removing brand logos on jackets?
May 02, 9:17am

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