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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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CityThe Fish
StateMontana
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My Website URLhttp://bedrockandparadox.com
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: MYOG Version of the Unaweep Pack
Nice job Luke. VX42 on the bottom panel? Getting the back panel width just right is crucial, the first bag I made for the frame had to be redone as I didn't properly account for seam allowa...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Version of the Unaweep Pack
January 13, 11:21am

Re: How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking.
My parents met working in a backpacking store , so it's been a whole-life thing for me.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking.
January 11, 5:31pm

Re: Seek Outside Beyond Timberline 2 feedback?
I've spent a handful of nights in mine thus far, all on snow (tis the season). I am very optimistic about it as a solo and two person shelter. It pitches almost as fast and easy as a square m...

In GEAR » Seek Outside Beyond Timberline 2 feedback?
January 09, 8:05pm

Re: Fix my clothing system please
Replacing the three mid/base layers on your torso with two pieces, one a decent bit warmer, might work well. The T3 hoody and a 100 weight fleece pullover, for instance. Get a warmer down par...

In Gear Lists » Fix my clothing system please
January 07, 8:54pm

Re: Kovea Spider
Billy, Eric, et al; you realize the reason ya'll hang around so frequently is that BPL is the place for expert, beyond-spec information, right? If by-the-book info is what you seek, Backpacker...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2014 Staff Picks
January 05, 2:19pm

Re: Re: Re Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip - Need Input
I've tried sending a preemptive letter along with my permit app answering all the Hiker Information Sheet questions, but I still had to fill out the frickin form. Nuisance. It's sad GCNP ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip - Need Input
January 05, 2:08pm

Re: Full zip Capiline 4 hoodie alternate ?
Pay attention to fabric weight. The reason Cap 4 works so well is the light weight.

In GEAR » Full zip Capiline 4 hoodie alternate ?
January 05, 2:04pm

Re: Re: Re: While we are on the.subject of the XPac materials..
X51 is the least pliable fabric I've ever used. The weft is claimed as 1000D, which I believe. It's stiffer than 150D cuben hybrid, 1600D ballistics, and miles worse than VX42. It breaks...

In GEAR » xpac in the cold
January 04, 8:38pm

Re: While we are on the.subject of the XPac materials..
X33.

In GEAR » xpac in the cold
January 04, 9:41am

Re: xpac in the cold
The fabric will get loud, but that won't change durability at all.

In GEAR » xpac in the cold
January 03, 2:59pm

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
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