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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Effeciency
Nice job matching the camo of that strap patch to the main body. X42 sounds good. I like the lightness of the white scrim in the VX series, but haven't found it to do much else of utility.

In GEAR » New Dimension Polyant X-series 420denier fabric in Olive green.
July 23, 9:09pm

Re: Hot Tenting Market Update?
No free lunch with a 6 person sil pyramid. The Vertex 6.5 is lighter than the Seek Outside sixer, for example, but it's lighter because it is over a foot shorter and has a smaller circumferenc...

In GEAR » Hot Tenting Market Update?
July 23, 9:05pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Denier values in hardshells
I expect the Ozo to wear out via strap abrasion on the shoulder-tops, but it has not happened yet.

In GEAR » Denier values in hardshells
July 19, 11:01am

Re: Re: Re: Denier values in hardshells
Several years ago when I did a State of the Market series on sub-8 oz WPB jackets most (all?) were in the 15-10D range, and there was massive variability in how the shell fabrics held up. If memor...

In GEAR » Denier values in hardshells
July 19, 7:30am

Re: Denier values in hardshells
Higher denier doesn't linearly translate to more durability. The type and quality of weave makes a big difference when it comes to brush durability. No reason an above-average 20-30D hardshel...

In GEAR » Denier values in hardshells
July 18, 1:51pm

Re: RE: Montana Backpacking trip
Walk-ins go up first thing the day before you start your trip. Even in September I'd be at a ranger station early that morning. The Glacier BC office lists walk-in availability on their websi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Montana Backpacking Trip Planning- Questions
July 15, 1:19pm

Re: Hilleberg Tent thread
"My advice remains the same : when you see a badly set up tent, ignore the comments. If you can't tell when a tent is badly set up, buy a freestanding shelter" Good advice all ...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
July 15, 10:32am

Re: Montana Backpacking Trip Planning- Questions
Craig, Glacier doesn't "allow" bear cans because almost all backcountry camping is at designated sites which have either a metal food locker or a pole for hanging food. All you need ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Montana Backpacking Trip Planning- Questions
July 15, 10:26am

Re: Class 2 peak recommendations for Montana
There are quite a few options in Glacier. The regular east ridge route on Mt Jackson is class 2 if you don't mess up the route finding, and the view from the summit is ridiculous. The west ri...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Class 2 peak recommendations for Montana
July 15, 10:13am

Re: Zion early September
- do I need a full tent with mosquito net ? Are there bugs and mosquitoes ? I have a MSR Elixir 3 persons anyone knows if possible to use only the rain fly ? Very few bugs, I personally would ...

In Gear Lists » Zion early September
July 15, 9:57am

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