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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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re: down and fabrics
Sean, they were claiming 2 oz in the 2012 version. Oliver, thanks for the comments. While there may be differences between Quantum GL and Patagonia's proprietary fabric, I am highly skeptic...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rab Xenon and Patagonia UL Down Hoody: Comparison and Long-Term Review
December 20, 8:39am

re: Bob
The Pagoda route is good. You can also head off trail near the summit of Pagoda and traverse Silvertip Peak. The Limestone-Ibex traverse is better than either. The Cairn maps are the only dece...

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
December 19, 8:47am

heavy windshells
Justin, I've seen rather different numbers for spandex moisture uptake, and my anecdotal experience (and limited empirical experiments) supports something much higher than ~1%. To function p...

In GEAR » Arc'teryx TWEAVE 520e, 518c, LF544 and similar soft shell/wind jacket materials: opinion sought
December 19, 8:44am

re: Tweave
CFM isn't going to have much effect on rain protection. DWR quality will. A greater CFM might (emp. might) allow more body heat transfer which can dry a windshell from the inside and keep it ...

In GEAR » Arc'teryx TWEAVE 520e, 518c, LF544 and similar soft shell/wind jacket materials: opinion sought
December 18, 9:22pm

re: snow shovels
You can buy Voile blades and handles a la carte. I use an XLM blade with the extendable T handle. Good combo of light weight and good functionality.

In GEAR » snow shovel
December 18, 7:33pm

re: beginner packrafting
Aidan, a loop in the Bob would suit your needs well, assuming you've done a decent amount of practice boating first on class II. I'd recommend mid to late July if you can pick your windo...

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
December 18, 4:15pm

sleeping bag space
You want a bit of extra room in a winter bag, to keep your electronics and a water bottle warm, and to be able to potentially wear a puffy coat and not feel constricted. That said, you don't w...

In GEAR » 0F Sleeping Bags
December 18, 3:55pm

I have the Big Sibling stove. I like it quite a bit.

In GEAR » Stove jack placement in a 9x9 mid
December 18, 9:50am

clothing list
Justin, that's pretty much what I carry mid Sept-late Nov and April through mid-June. So long as you've got decent individual pieces and aren't carry a pair of extra socks per day the ...

In GEAR » How much weight in clothing?
December 18, 8:33am

stove jack placement
A little back from the middle opposite the door is probably the best option. The one I put in my Megalight is offset a little to one side, purely because I wanted to use the upper panel seams as t...

In GEAR » Stove jack placement in a 9x9 mid
December 18, 8:29am

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