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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Black Diamond Cold Forge Parka / PrimaLoft & down
We will see what happens. I do wonder if the Primaloft puffs being free floating within the down matrix will makes them less prone to collapse than pure Primaloft. I can tell you that a Hot F...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Cold Forge Parka / PrimaLoft & down
November 14, 8:07am

Re: Interview: Black Rock Gear / HikeLighter
Minor point; daisy chains don't qualify as MOLLE unless they're sewn to the standardized spacing.

In GEAR » Interview: Black Rock Gear / HikeLighter
November 14, 8:03am

Re: Re: Re: Hunting Sleeping Bag
Yes, just sewing to the seams is adequate. Thruhiker sells Apex.

In Make Your Own Gear » Hunting Sleeping Bag
November 13, 7:56am

Re: Hunting Sleeping Bag
Climashield Apex is the obvious choice for insulation; it deals with moisture well and doesn't need to be quilted, which makes sewing much easier. For your stated goals I'd be looking at 1...

In Make Your Own Gear » Hunting Sleeping Bag
November 12, 4:07pm

Re: 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
Transportation for the Bob Open is a pain. It is strongly preferrable to have a car waiting for you at the end. It provides extra motivation to not bail, and in the case of Swift Reservoir I'...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
November 12, 10:18am

Re: Maybe
"Dave I'm assuming the river will be a lot more pushy then it was on our trip right?" Very possible. We had ~5000 cfs, which isn't trivial. My rule is that below 2000 the Sou...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
November 12, 10:04am

Re: Re: neoprene socks
It's a tough one. That wading section might be 50 minutes total if you're moving, not much in the scheme of a 13 day route, but I was impressed with how cold that water was. Mountain stre...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
November 12, 9:59am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
"...on this I agree with you 100%. But the unexplained logic underlying your conclusion that: "In my mind it's axiomatic that adding gravity-powered locomotion to foot travel facilita...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
November 11, 6:53pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Grand Canyon High-Flow Release of Colorado River
It's pretty entertaining to cross an eddy line and go from 1 mph to 12.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon High-Flow Release of Colorado River
November 11, 10:47am

Re: RidgeRest Mod Ideas
A ridgerest cut to fit, folded, in a Gorilla or Mariposa is a great mod. A little more structure than the stock sitlight, and makes a nice camp pad and underfoot insulation while sleeping.

In GEAR » RidgeRest Mod Ideas
November 11, 10:44am

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