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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Re: 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
I look forward to meeting you both, Chase and Alex. Everyone can plan on meeting for dinner/beers at the Hungry Bear Friday night. It's 3 miles north of the turnoff to Holland Lake, on the we...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 11, 11:40am

Re: Snow
For a variety of reasons this winter is one where the SNOTEL projections will generalize less well than usual. We got a good amount of snow in the end of 2014, and a few massive storms in Janu...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 1 week in May 16 - June 12 timeframe
March 11, 11:28am

Re: 1 week in May 16 - June 12 timeframe
Some of the higher stuff in southern Utah might be good, weather wise, in late May. Dark Canyon or Grand Gulch, for example. Could still be darn hot at times. Unless the rest of March is very ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 1 week in May 16 - June 12 timeframe
March 11, 7:31am

Re: Re: Re: Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
Sean, I think a vest might be more useful than a jacket here, especially for a backpacker. Rumor has it that Rab will have an Alpha coat with stretch fabrics this coming fall/winter.

In GEAR » Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
March 11, 7:24am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pack Fabric Selection
The face fabric of VX21 I've found to not be as durable as the denier would suggest. The common 210D gridstop is a tight weave and is significantly tougher, for example. The 300D face of X33 ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pack Fabric Selection
March 10, 12:32pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pack Fabric Selection
John I think your plan sounds good. One layer of VX42 makes for a very sustainable pack bottom unless you're really beating on it. I'd not use VX-21 for a single layer bottom unless you&#...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pack Fabric Selection
March 10, 10:16am

Re: Best of the Southwest US (mid to late March)?
Big Bend east of Moab is a worth a stop for bouldering. Roadside and some cool problems, though the best ones start at v4. The Needles in Canyonlands is great for a first desert backpack, but pe...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best of the Southwest US (mid to late March)?
March 09, 9:16pm

Re: Approx 1700ci Packs
All well regarded packs, the choice comes down to what fabric and pocket arrangement you want, if you want a padded or plain webbing belt, and if the pack is available in your size (tall-torsoed fo...

In GEAR » Approx 1700ci Packs
March 09, 9:03pm

Re: Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
Update; basically my thoughts are unchanged. Some of the stuff below repeats what I've already said here, but I thought some might find it interesting. I have really enjoyed the Strata as a b...

In GEAR » Alpha thoughts (Rab Strata Hoody)
March 09, 8:56pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Need help choosing a paddle
Yep, like Moby Dick I'm just about everywhere. Have fun with the new boat!

In Packrafting » Need help choosing a paddle
March 09, 12:05pm

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