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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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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

Re: Re: Winter down bag decision
My limited experience with the various treated downs has been mixed. I'm not convinced it will prove the silver bullet many companies claim, especially as no one is in a position to answer the...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 09, 1:04pm

Re: Zipper
The zipper pocket is two layers of the same fabric. Should be easy enough to cut out the outer layer (which has the zipper) and use the inner layer. This might put that bit of fabric with the PU ...

In GEAR » Roll top on GG Gorrila
December 07, 8:11pm

Re: Grand Canyon
It is conceivable that getting to the Bill Hall/Indian Hollow THs might be problematic in late March, if the area gets a lot of snow and if said snow lingers. The chance is slight.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Recs for ~100 mile trip in southwest late March?
December 07, 8:07pm

Re: Moab area hikes/4 wd roads
Michael, it's hard to pick a place to begin, though Moab is probably the worst area in the entire southern half of Utah when it comes to finding a nice free place to camp. With a 4WD Sportsmob...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Moab area hikes/4 wd roads
December 06, 11:26am

Re: Recs for ~100 mile trip in southwest late March?
James/Amy, it has been a decade+ since I did the Allen exit out of Twin Corral, so your recollection may be more accurate. I was solo and recall thinking "that's it?" after I topped ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Recs for ~100 mile trip in southwest late March?
December 06, 11:22am

Re: Multi-Use Packraft Seat
Regardless of manufacturer claim, I'm sure this would work well. I use my Thermarest (XS, folded in thirds) as a packraft seat with no issues.

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
December 05, 2:01pm

Re: Re: When backpacking, it pays to be small
"The load limit is an approximation, for sure, but it has nothing to do with your muscles or your strength. It has everything to do with your bones and especially the cartiledge disks in your ...

In Philosophy & Technique » When backpacking, it pays to be small
December 05, 1:59pm

Re: Turning draw string closure into a roll top pack
Buy a yard of 40-70 denier silnylon or PU coated nylon ripstop. You want a fabric which is as light or lighter than that on the main pack. This stuff [

In Make Your Own Gear » Turning draw string closure into a roll top pack
December 05, 11:47am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: mtb biking in wilderness and elsewhere
Reading the text of the actual rule change, any controversy which was engendered seems like a case of overreaction brought on by not reading the primary source. All it did was remove an archaic sp...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
December 05, 11:35am

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