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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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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Re: Popular (cottage) Backpacks - Spreadsheet Details
Looks pretty good to me. You can only chase your tail so much on capacity. Even if you sort out a system for main compartment volume v. overall volume, you still have differing systems for calc...

In GEAR » Popular (cottage) Backpacks - Spreadsheet Details
April 07, 3:59pm

cuben controversy
This thread is overdue in at least four or five ways. I appreciate everyones candor.

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben tent for mountaineering?
April 07, 3:52pm

Re: MYOG 610.2 Pack
Looks great Jon.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG 610.2 Pack
April 07, 3:49pm

Re: ARC BLAST Fragile?
Andy, every cuben hybrid pack I've seen which has been beaten on a fair bit has given me cause for skepticism about the materials longevity, but I really ought to suck it up and build with it t...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
April 06, 6:40pm

Re: is a fleece just a fleece?
You pay more for (much) better tailoring. You also can pay more for (quite a bit) better performance, especially with the new varieties of Polartec High Efficiency. For example, the variety Black...

In GEAR » is a fleece just a fleece?
April 06, 6:24pm

Re: REI class
Hypothetically you might save a bit of time researching the ferry schedules and seasonal weather averages, but shortcutting that takes the fun out of it. Flying and/or driving to the ferry termi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Isle Royale
April 06, 6:13pm

Re: High Sierra Snowshoe Trip ~ March 2014
Looks fantastic. Amazing terrain. Just sayin: there are these things called skis. Ya'll should check em out. ;)

In Post-Trip Reports » High Sierra Snowshoe Trip ~ March 2014
April 06, 6:28am

Re: Pros and cons of 2 closure systems for side backpack pockets
Static cord allows you to lock the pocket shut. This can help keep the contents secure, and the pocket flat to the pack while bushwacking. I use both styles of closure depending on the pack. W...

In GEAR » Pros and cons of 2 closure systems for side backpack pockets
April 05, 9:35am

Re: Isle Royale
I've been twice and would really like to go again. The logistics and expense of travel is the only reason that has not yet happened. The unique microclimates of the island are the highlight...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Isle Royale
April 04, 3:41pm

Re: Glacier National Park Backpacking
Logistics in Glacier can be quite the nuisance. The free NPS shuttle on GTTSR is reliable, but transferring at Logan makes it time consuming. In years past Glacier Park, Inc ran a pay shuttle alo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier National Park Backpacking
April 04, 7:28am

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