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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Skis
Those topsheets are better than the previous version. Look forward to a ski report at some point.

In Make Your Own Gear » Strathcona Pack
October 22, 5:35pm

Re: zpacks vs hmg
The Unaweep is good for heavy loads. I wouldn't put ~30 pounds in that category, and it that's your normal max HMG sounds like a good option. The only exception might be if you're a s...

In GEAR » zpacks versus hyperlite mountain gear backpacks
October 22, 3:36pm

Re: Strathcona Pack
Sterling effort, especially for a first pack. I can't take too much credit, but I will take it as personally gratifying that you avoided a bunch of common pitfalls. Sewing the straps into a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Strathcona Pack
October 21, 10:03pm

Re: Drom + platypus
My main dislike of bottles in the desert is that they provide nice hard edges which, whether in side pockets on the main body of the pack, do an uncanny job of rubbing against rock and building hol...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 21, 3:56pm

Re: Mids: Supermid vs. Khafra vs. Oware
JC, if you're 6'4" and like plenty of room I'd recommend a mid longer in one direction than the classic ~100" sided jobs like the Supermid, Megalight, or Oware 9x9. When pitc...

In GEAR » Mids: Supermid vs. Khafra vs. Oware
October 21, 3:51pm

Re: re
If you do some advanced Googling on the forum you'll find good photos of the Kifaru frames. A few folks over there have made their own bags or modded other brand bags to fit.

In GEAR » need help finding a frame pack
October 21, 3:44pm

Re: need help finding a frame pack
My biased (I test stuff for them) opinion would heavily recommend Paradox Packs. You can get an integrated frame/pack (the Unaweep), or a separate frame and bag (Evolution). Kifaru only works...

In GEAR » need help finding a frame pack
October 20, 6:28pm

Re: Dromedary
I would not trust a Platy as a primary container in a place like Grand Canyon. The 2.5 liter Platys are nice as a secondary/supplemental source, but a Drom with a hose is far more reliable. Nex...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 20, 6:17pm

Re: Halloween weekend 2014 Utah trip info/ recommendations (Moab area)
Gordon, the first place I'd point you is the Needles district in Canyonlands. Probably the best place for a desert newb (which it sounds like you are). I'd check the permit availability c...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Halloween weekend 2014 Utah trip info/ recommendations (Moab area)
October 19, 1:29pm

Re: The whole piint
"People, I think you missed the point of my original post – too much gear talk/focus = definitely less enjoyment on the trail. I will vouch for it. If you hike and keep thinking how nice and...

In GEAR » Hey, this is about us
October 19, 1:15pm

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