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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Another Pack Fitting (ULA Circuit)
Put 25 pounds in there and I think you'll be on the shorter side of an acceptable fit. I reckon it'll work fine but in your shoes I'd exchange for a large if possible.

In GEAR » Another Pack Fitting (ULA Circuit)
July 15, 9:47am

Re: Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
A pretty, well designed pack.

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
July 14, 6:03pm

Re: gear
No bear can needed. I'd just bring drops, the water along that hike is almost always of exceptional quality. 19 out of 20 August days rain pants and the Alpine Light will indeed be overkill...

In GEAR » Glacier Park trip help
July 11, 8:19am

Re: Would you wear this on a Sierra trip?
Ben, I wouldn't use that on a Sierra trip because I'd never buy it. Not versatile enough. That said, it sounds like you've used the Cloudcape with success, and with that being the c...

In GEAR » Would you wear this on a Sierra trip?
July 10, 11:49am

Re: Grand Teton - Backpack & Climb
I'd bring a rain jacket for sure, and your puffy/hat/gloves are not overkill. A major issue with the Grand is that the raps on the Owen-Spaulding descent get crowded and you might have no choi...

In Gear Lists » Grand Teton - Backpack & Climb
July 10, 11:42am

Re: paddling time
Thanks Ryan. That's a very reasonable speed for a fairly low water level. Good info.

In Post-Trip Reports » North Dakota: Little Missouri, TRNP, Maah Daah Hey
July 07, 4:56pm

Re: Where to go within one week?
"Looks like flight costs round trip to Fresno (if i were to do HST) are around $400. I would like to keep the costs under this amount. " Flights into Seattle (Cascades, Hood), Denver...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Where to go within one week?
July 06, 12:14pm

Re: How does this pack fit look?
Looks pretty good to me. Alex's feedback about the middle bend may help you, or that issue may not be a big deal, likely depending on pack weight. Repost a photo with 20+ pounds and truth w...

In GEAR » How does this pack fit look?
July 06, 12:06pm

Re: Gear damage - suggestions please
Don't sew or glue anything to your pack Steve, highly unlikely you'll be able to match the stretch, and patches which don't match will tear out. Not familiar with the iron-on stuff, mi...

In GEAR » Gear damage - suggestions please
July 03, 7:48pm

Re: YELLOWSTONE bears do!
Eric, you are mistaken. It is quite remarkable that (to my knowledge) there has never been a Yellowstone area bear which has busted into a car or camper to get food. They certainly could if t...

In GEAR » PNW: Do Bears Break into Cars????
June 29, 8:18pm

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