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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: FS: MLD Solomid, Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20
Thanks everyone. All emails have been responded to and both items are sold pending payment.

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD Solomid, Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20
December 16, 7:07am

FS: MLD Solomid, Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20
Standard silnylon Solomid, brown. Bought new by me 12.5 months ago. Seam sealed, used ~20 nights since. A really good piece, but I have others I prefer. Sold with guylines attached. No stakes ...

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD Solomid, Ultimate Direction Fastpack 20
December 15, 1:36pm

Everyone behave
Violating the forum guidelines will get posts deleated. David Drake, you've been warned before. However, there are reasons having to do with more than one person that explain why this threa...

In Chaff » hatchet vs large survival knife?
December 12, 10:46am

Re: 2014 BD Fit
Hi Will, sorry I missed this first time around. The hood on the Hot Forge (and Stance Belay hoody) is fine, but far from perfect. There is definitely something weird about the template BD used ...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Cold Forge Parka / PrimaLoft & down
December 11, 2:02pm

Re: Gros Ventre Wilderness XC travel from Green River Lakes to Jackson
Mike, I haven't been in those particular areas, but based on my experience in the Tetons and South Absarokas I don't see any red flags on your route. Likely some loose scree to be had, but...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Gros Ventre Wilderness XC travel from Green River Lakes to Jackson
December 11, 10:18am

Re: Too many choices, rain jackets
My Haglofs Ozo (Paclite) is over 3 years old, with quite a lot of use in that time. I've never had it wet out. I've gotten wet from sweat wearing it, but not too wet, and that comes with ...

In GEAR » Too many choices, rain jackets
December 11, 8:06am

Re: mid for winter
Option 2. Stupid expensive gear is meant to be used.

In GEAR » mid for winter
December 09, 8:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Winter down bag decision
It did indeed. EVent is not proven on the level of WM down bags, thus making the analogy not particularly accurate.

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 09, 3:34pm

Re: Really light wind shirts
In theory, there's no reason the uberlight fabrics can't have as good a DWR as anything else. The Quantum GL Rab used for the Xenon was excellent in that regard.

In GEAR » Really light wind shirts
December 09, 1:37pm

Re: Re: winter set-up
I usually don't sleep in the RBH socks. The outer surface is fleecy, while the inner absorbs remarkably little moisture. They dry very fast. Usually I'll swap into my spare socks before ...

In Gear Lists » Northern Rockies winter list
December 09, 1:27pm

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