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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: thanks
The breathability of eVent is obviously a very nice thing to have. Rab has also proven to have a very good DWR (something Montbell, for instance, comes up short on), and an excellent hood (miles b...

In GEAR » Lightening up: dooReplace Windshirt (Houdini) and Rain Gear?
July 31, 12:16pm

Re: Lightening up: Replace Windshirt (Houdini) and Rain Gear?
Christoph, you could get marginal improvements in your current setup, but that's it. The '10 Houdini is still one of the best compromises between durability, weight, breathability, and wea...

In GEAR » Lightening up: dooReplace Windshirt (Houdini) and Rain Gear?
July 31, 10:06am

FS: Solomid, La Sportiva, Rab
Prices below include shipping in the US. No international sales. Payment via paypal only, "gift" appreciated. Email dave at backpackinglight dot com if interested. Brown MLD Solomid...

In Gear Swap » FS: Solomid, La Sportiva, Rab
July 31, 9:56am

Re: re
I have not. It's seemed to me for a few years now that the obvious next step for heavier use fabrics is a 400ish denier plain or basket weave with some manner of impregnation on both sides. S...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
July 31, 9:48am

Re: pictures are missing
Oops, looks like a few things got left in when I cut this down a bit during final edit. Will see about fixing.

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
July 31, 9:09am

Re: From Mt.Olympus summit down Hoh to the Pacific
Looks like a great trip.

In Packrafting » From Mt.Olympus summit down Hoh to the Pacific
July 30, 10:01am

Re: Re: MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
I will fully own that geometry is not my strength.

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
July 30, 9:48am

Re: Millennials and the Backcountry
One of the original articles theses was that consumerism is a driver of the disinterest in plain old backpacking (etc) in favor of gravity/adrenaline/action/extreme sports in no small part because ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Millennials and the Backcountry
July 29, 3:24pm

Re: Routes from S Fk of the Flathead to N Fk of the Sun
Jeff, I've not hiked that section, but did walk by the junction on the Silvertip Creek trail last year. It looked decently well used. That ridge looks like good deer and elk country, and my g...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Routes from S Fk of the Flathead to N Fk of the Sun
July 29, 7:45am

Re: Millennials and the Backcountry
I don't disagree with the article, but I still can't find the specific evidence it gives that millenials are especially culpable in this regard. On the rare occasion the author cites examp...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Millennials and the Backcountry
July 25, 7:16am

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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Patagonia DAS Parka
Please note: my comments pertain to the 2009 Primaloft One version of the DAS. I have to agree that this is not an ultralight piece of gear. Not insofar as the insulation goes (the P-One is great ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 27, 9:58am

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
SL, you must be a big dude ;) The only change I'd make to mine is to slim it down a bit, but I'm skinny. Otherwise, it's Western Mountaineering. Bomber quality and attention to deta...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
October 30, 11:34pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
After seeing how well Chris Plesko's worked last fall, I had to have one. The wait for it to come into stock was long, and the price for something so small seemed silly, but it's now one of m...

In Stoves - Other
August 27, 10:14am

Evernew Titanium Sierra Style Cup
The previous reviewers thoughts on the limitations of the Sierra cup shape are well taken. It's small, and only works for certain circumstances, but in those circumstances it works very well. ...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 27, 10:05am

evernew ultralight 1.3l ti pot
I've had mine since 2004. It's been used with a Dragonfly, Esbit ti wing stove, and quite a lot on a campfire. The nonstick feature may not last forever, but the rest of it has been impressi...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 27, 10:00am

MSR E-Wing
I'm giving this a five because I have no complaints, provided you keep in mind what this critter is (small). The E-wing is not big enough to provide fail-safe solo protection for one person in ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
July 31, 3:32pm

Black Diamond First Light
It might be. I've had my Firstlight since 2004. I pro-dealed one of the very first to hit the market. I seam sealed it thoroughly, and have been using it without fuss ever since. The desig...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
July 05, 2:27pm

Smartwool Beanie
I've yet to experience any stretch or sag with mine. It's warm but not too warm, tight (but not too) on my big head, and most importantly long enough to cover my ears. It wicks very well...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
May 19, 7:57pm

Patagonia Spraymaster
I like the stretchy fabric, I like the athletic cut (the medium is ideal for me at 5'11" and 160ish), and the minimal features. I don't care or expect much from breathability in a hard s...

In Clothing - Raingear
May 19, 7:47pm

Petzl Tikka
I have a first gen Tikka, bought in October of 2000. I change batteries when needed (hardly ever compared to my old Petzl Micro!), and replaced the stretched out elastic band several years ago (Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
December 06, 7:14pm