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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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looks good
The hipbelt complex in particular is intriguing. My only complaint, in the context of winter use, is that I see no way to carry skis.

In GEAR » BPL Absaroka Pack
January 21, 9:32pm

new gloves
Shell gloves/mitts that have an integrated liner have no place on multiday trips (IMO). As or drying stuff overnight, there is a big difference between damp and soaked. Strive for the former....

In GEAR » drying cloths on the trail
January 21, 10:33am

I'd like to make all BPL'ers alert to this site and their excellent products. They produce highly customizable topo maps via an easy-to-use online interface, and ship them promptly. While...

In GEAR » MyTopo.com
January 20, 9:10am

Canon S90
ExecSum: This is a really fun camera. It makes taking pictures really easy. Background: Those unfamiliar should peruse a website (such as this one: http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/s90.htm) and...

In Photography » Canon S90
January 19, 4:16pm

Well done gents!

In Editor's Roundtable » Sierra Prime: Off Trail in California's High Country
January 19, 3:38pm

winter sweat
Greg, I find moisture management in milder winter temps to be difficult. Often while skinning uphill I'll be down to a base layer t-shirt with temps in the teens. It's a pain sometimes, b...

In GEAR » External Pad Pocket versus Sweat
January 18, 5:46pm

R1 is really good
I'd get the tights. R1 is a superlative fabric, especially for winter use. With a breathable windshell over it, R1 moves moisture remarkably well, much better than powerstretch IME. This...

In GEAR » Patagonia R1 fabric
January 18, 10:21am

wet people
"David or Kevin - I assume you were wet/damp mostly from your exertion level? Just an unavoidable fact at this level of effort? Or was there some precip involved?" In the context ...

In GEAR » External Pad Pocket versus Sweat
January 18, 10:18am

Todd, I use a pack I made myself, there's a thread in this forum about its evolution. The Climashield is much fluffier than any other synthetic fill that I've worked with, I expect ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Enhancing a Cocoon quilt
December 30, 3:53pm

Enhancing a Cocoon quilt
I reckoned my UL 60 wasn't very versatile, bought two yards of 5 oz XP from Thru-hiker, and made the old quilt fat. Pictures and details: http://bedrockandparadox.blogspot.com/2009/12/warmth...

In Make Your Own Gear » Enhancing a Cocoon quilt
December 30, 1:38pm

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