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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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bears and teeth
I think this whole issue is overblown. Don't rub bacon on your face before you go to sleep, nor keep food in your sleeping bag, and you'll be fine.

In Philosophy & Technique » After-dinner hygiene in bear country?
September 16, 5:08pm

OP sacks
I think OP sacks definitely work.

In Philosophy & Technique » Bear hanging from aspen/firs
September 16, 5:07pm

two trees
The two tree, two rope technique will usually give you a good hang when nothing else will. Using the Sawchuk method of clipping the top of the bag to the line will let you pull the bag away from a...

In Philosophy & Technique » Bear hanging from aspen/firs
September 16, 1:25pm

Triumph anorak, Poncho-tarp
Bump, will consider selling for a bit less.

In Gear Swap » FS: Triumph Anorak, Sea to Summit poncho-tarp
September 16, 7:33am

Please Vote!!
I've been running an insurgent trip report contest through this forum for the last month. The entries are in, the five finalists have been selected, and the poll is live. Vote here: http://be...

In Post-Trip Reports » Please Vote!!
September 15, 6:04pm

short liner
REI also makes a short liner that's pretty good. It dries fast, and the chamois is thinner and less obtrusive than standard bike shorts. I use it for hike a bike intensive and multisport adve...

In Make Your Own Gear » modifying clothing for cycling?
September 15, 4:49pm

re: spinnaker guidance
Makes sense to me. Thanks Javan.

In Make Your Own Gear » Spinnaker guidance needed
September 15, 3:25pm

Spinnaker guidance needed
So I did something today I swore I'd never do, bought some Spinnaker (the .7 oz stuff Goosefeet is blowing out) with the intention of making a flat tarp. The material is 54" wide, and I w...

In Make Your Own Gear » Spinnaker guidance needed
September 15, 2:59pm

My Featherlite pants have been great, held up to lots of abuse. I have a Litespeed H2O, and it's a very athletic cut. Long arms, articulated shoulders, snug torso. Don't expect to laye...

In Gear Deals » Montane jackets - including Lightspeed H20 (4 - 5 oz) are 60% off
September 15, 11:54am

To be clear, this is the Sil-Cordura poncho-tarp. Tough, high quality fabric and constrction. 10 oz.

In Gear Swap » FS: Triumph Anorak, Sea to Summit poncho-tarp
September 15, 10:58am

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