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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Some concrete examples of what I find effective in various conditions. Disclaimer: I sweat a lot, produce a lot of heat, move fastish (unless I'm sitting in a packraft), and hike/ski all day o...

In GEAR » Base layers for active adventure
October 11, 11:11am

Base layers for active adventure
Tis the season, it would seem: winter is coming so everyone is freezing about gear to stay warm. So another bedrock & paradox article:

In GEAR » Base layers for active adventure
October 11, 11:01am

wind briefs
Undies with a patch of windproof fabric on the front. Extra protection for those cold gusts. Primarily used by XC ski racers.

In GEAR » Yellowstone in Winter
October 09, 8:49am

wind pants
If I made a list right now, my Montane Featherlites would be the second best piece of gear I got this year. Layered over tights or soft shell pants they provide more warmth than one might think....

In Make Your Own Gear » Wind/Rain pants
October 08, 7:48pm

Make sure you have some good shades that are pretty dark, somewhere in the 5% transmission range. Snowblindness is not cool. Ski goggles with yellow lenses for blowing snow (yellow enhances contr...

In GEAR » Yellowstone in Winter
October 08, 7:43pm

yellowstone in Jan.
Steve has the temps about right, January is the coldest month in Yellowstone. Might get a bit warmer during the day, maybe. At those temps do not wear anything that is waterproof, other than bo...

In GEAR » Yellowstone in Winter
October 08, 7:40pm

Thanks everyone, I'm glad my stuff is useful for others. Good luck finished med school Matt. My little sister is in her third year, and holy cow does it look like a stressful way to spend s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking as coping skill
October 08, 8:35am

old school
They sell extra wool liner mitts for 25 bucks! Awesome.

In GEAR » Burly, bushcraft-y everyday coat for cold winter conditions
October 06, 11:38am

re: winter stream crossings
Awesome pictures Roger! One usually doesn't get them in instances of such misery. The other alternative to keeping wet socks thawed is to put them under your sleeping mat around the sides o...

In GEAR » Backcountry footwear for the other three seasons
October 05, 11:31pm

winter stream crossings
Kendall, I use the NRS Hydroskin socks. As I mention in the original article, 3mm neoprene (which the Boundary socks are made of) is much too warm for anything approaching normal hiking. As f...

In GEAR » Backcountry footwear for the other three seasons
October 05, 4:36pm

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