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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Valentine's Day Montana style
Nice one Mike. That is a remarkable lack of mid-elevation snow. Pretty soon there will be some GRIZZ around to steal that lobster.

In Post-Trip Reports » Valentine's Day Montana style
February 17, 10:29am

Re: Reduce "flapping" in silnylon shelters
A good idea Kevin, one I'll have to try. I don't think there's any way to eliminate deflection entirely in such shelters, but good design can certainly minimize it. The BD Megalight...

In Philosophy & Technique » Reduce "flapping" in silnylon shelters
February 17, 10:25am

Re: Can I get away without a mid layer for the CT?
The problematic scenario on the CT in August will be a more protracted storm which breaks the early-afternoon, 1-2 hour cycle and hangs around for 12-24 hours of wind and rain. If you have to hike...

In Gear Lists » Can I get away without a mid layer for the CT?
February 17, 10:18am

Re: Single wall 4 season shelter
The Firstlight and Direkt 2 are the only acceptably light single wall wedge tents I know of. The Rab event versions and Black Diamond Toddtex versions (Eldorado) are fairly heavy and very bulky. ...

In GEAR » Single wall 4 season shelter
February 16, 8:43pm

Re: Gossamer Gear Gorilla Sizing for 5'10" guy
On the previous version the large Gorilla measured 22" from the bottom of the harness panel to the level of the shoulder straps. With the belt that was 5" wide this made it pretty ideal ...

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Gorilla Sizing for 5'10" guy
February 16, 8:20pm

Re: Patagonia Nano Air™ Review - A New Genre
Nice work Richard. Thanks for sharing. Your data agrees with my anecdotal experience using the Strata for the past 3+ months. It's not that warm compared to top-flight synthetic jackets, a...

In GEAR » Patagonia Nano Air™ Review - A New Genre
February 13, 3:29am

Re: Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks
An update: Yellowstone will start charging BC permit fees May 1, 2015. $3 per person, per night. A $25 annual pass will also be available.

In Editor's Roundtable » Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks
February 12, 5:59pm

Re: Durable wool-synthetic blends?
The newest Patagonia Merino 1 and Rab Meco 120 are both 65% merino, 35% poly. Functionally the fabrics are identical. Both are more durable than any similar weight wool I've used, but not nea...

In GEAR » Durable wool-synthetic blends?
February 12, 5:37pm

Re: Sea to Summit Nano Mosquito Pyramid
I used a STS Nano with a flat tarp all this past summer and found it quite satisfactory. Given the price, weight, and small packed size it is a hard option to beat; ideal for occasional use. I fo...

In GEAR » Sea to Summit Nano Mosquito Pyramid
February 12, 5:35pm

Re: New Zealand! Need suggestions
The Heaphy track. Did it last week. Amazing variety of scenery. Dead easy, well graded trail. Luxe huts. Only downside is the massive shuttle from TH to TH.

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Zealand! Need suggestions
February 06, 7:38pm

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