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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Arizona/Utah end of October suggestions
Heather, it'd be helpful if you presented a sense of how much physical and navigational challenge you and your partner are looking for. Most of the good hikes are either not on trails at all, ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Arizona/Utah end of October suggestions
August 23, 8:16am

Re: Montbell Cool Hoodie?
I've not used it, but a glance at the numbers suggests promise. 98 g/meter is 1/5 to 1/4 lighter than most "lightweight" base layer fabrics, and 100% knit poly will almost certainly ...

In GEAR » Montbell Cool Hoodie?
August 22, 1:27pm

Re: Need some Yellowstone help
You can probably manage walk-in. Having two cars to run a shuttle for a point to point hike will be extremely useful. The classic Bechler route from the south boundary of the park to Old Faithf...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need some Yellowstone help
August 19, 11:10am

Re: 45-50 lb pack
"No pack will make your hip sockets, knees, or ankles happy at that weight." With the right pack and proper training it is possible to carry 50 pounds all day, every day for a week wi...

In GEAR » No compromises pack... does it exist?
August 19, 10:23am

Re: Re: Re: in search for perfect fleece
100 weight fleece is warmer for the weight when not worn against the skin, and dries faster, again when not worn against the skin. Against the skin Cap 4 and the various copies are still the best ...

In GEAR » in search for perfect fleece
August 19, 10:19am

Re: HMG Dyneema packs
I'm assuming the HMG wunder fabric is the same stuff (woven/nonwoven dyneema) Cilo's been using for a few years. It's a pure woven dyneema with a cuben backer. Wholesale a few years a...

In GEAR » HMG Dyneema packs
August 19, 10:15am

Re: in search for perfect fleece
To my knowledge it doesn't exist. Powerstretch is too heavy and sucks up too much water. Grid fleece is sub-optimal as a mid layer. The Montane Fury would be perfect if they didn't use a...

In GEAR » in search for perfect fleece
August 19, 10:06am

Re: Please help me find a good backpack
One thing to keep in mind is that 40 pounds is well inside the capabilities of the Unaweep, rather than at the edge of packs like the Arc Haul, Porter, Catalyst, etc. If that sort of load is at al...

In GEAR » Please help me find a good backpack
August 17, 12:45pm

Re: No compromises pack... does it exist?
There are always compromises, but the Exped Lightning sounds like it's darn close to what you want.

In GEAR » No compromises pack... does it exist?
August 17, 12:39pm

Re: Searching A New Backpack for Heavyweight Carrying
Paradox Unaweep Exposure is the one which comes to mind. Load carriage and zipper are there, bottle pockets will fit narrower 1.5 liter bottles. The Stone Glacier Solo would also fit, but lacks b...

In GEAR » Searching A New Backpack for Heavyweight Carrying
August 17, 12:32pm

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