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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: GG Kumo or ULA CDT
Comparing the CDT and Kumo three differences come to mind, aside from the obvious variations in features (lid on the Kumo, etc). First, the larger sewn in belt on the CDT is going to provide a bit...

In GEAR » GG Kumo or ULA OHM 2.0
April 12, 10:38pm

Re: GG Kumo or ULA OHM 2.0
Ohm and Gorilla is a pretty fair comparison, ditto CDT and Kumo.

In GEAR » GG Kumo or ULA OHM 2.0
April 12, 8:08am

Re: Granite Gear Virga 26
My concern with the Virga 26 is that it's offered in one size only. My assumption is that the torso length will be on the short size, thus making for less than ideal load carry for taller folk...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Virga 26
April 11, 9:42am

Re: Long torso pack choice
If 30 lbs will only be occasional, and sub 25 the norm, the Unaweep will be on the excessive side. It will address the straight back/waist issue extremely well. Seek Outside is coming out with a ...

In GEAR » Long torso pack choice
April 11, 9:37am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bare minimum for trekking pole and 80-130 lbs weight load?
A few tips on installing GG grips in a sustainable fashion. Watch Chad's videos to see why you need to prepare well to fit the 13mm ID grip over the 18mm OD BD pole. It can be frustrating. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
April 10, 8:34am

Re: Re: Seam seal mix
What James said in his first post. Save a salsa jar or something similar, add silicone and mineral spirits, shake vigorously for a minute, apply with foam brush.

In Make Your Own Gear » Seam seal mix
April 10, 8:23am

Re: Feet: not dry, but warm
If you like your mesh shoes thin neo socks are worth a try. There's also nothing wrong with selecting a more solid-fabric, slower draining non-Gtex shoe for these conditions, as it will tend t...

In GEAR » Feet: not dry, but warm
April 10, 8:19am

Re: Better than the Coolpix A [update]
As it happens I was able to buy a Ricoh GR with a coupon back in December. It wasn't quite 400 bucks, but it was close so I went for it. I've been using two different S90s exclusively sin...

In Photography » Better than the Coolpix A (?)
April 09, 11:47am

Re: Ghost
Look forward to seeing action shots David.

In Packrafting »
April 09, 10:42am

Re: Water filter for Utah canyon country (Grand Gulch, Cedar Mesa)?
Settling overnight, even without alum, has almost always been effective for me. Much better than having to backflush/clean a filter daily. Of course, if your itinerary obliges a dry camp and midd...

In GEAR » Water filter for Utah canyon country (Grand Gulch, Cedar Mesa)?
April 09, 10:39am

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