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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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Prolite XS

In Gear Swap » WTB: Thermarest Prolite XS
April 25, 7:29am

road ID
Sold to Konrad.

In Gear Swap » FS: Road ID gift cards
April 24, 8:10pm

WTB: Thermarest Prolite XS
So long as it holds air.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Thermarest Prolite XS
April 24, 6:15pm

Road ID
What Doug said.

In Gear Swap » FS: Road ID gift cards
April 24, 6:14pm

FS: Road ID gift cards
2 $15 Road ID gift cards. Selling for $20.

In Gear Swap » FS: Road ID gift cards
April 24, 5:43pm

FS: mapping software
Brand new (won, can't use on my Mac) MyTopo Terrain Navigator Pro DVD set for the state of Montana. Retails for $299, selling (shipped in CONUS, paypal personal payment only) for $200 obo.

In Gear Swap » FS: mapping software
April 24, 5:41pm

talons SOLD

In Gear Swap » FS: Osprey Talon 11 and Talon 22
April 24, 4:44pm

pole for trailstar
FWIW, I find a pole in the 105cm to 120cm range to work best (ie best compromise b/t headroom and coverage). In mild weather a much longer pole could be used.

In GEAR » pole for MLD trailstar
April 22, 12:34pm

FS: Osprey Talon 11 and Talon 22
All prices shipped to CONUS, paypal "personal" payment only. Please PM if interested. Please see pictures here:

In Gear Swap » FS: Osprey Talon 11 and Talon 22
April 22, 12:31pm

snow in September
Snow and snow/rain is a definite possibility in early September. I'd count on having at least a bit of snow, some rain, and probably some nice sunny days too. How much insulation you'll...

In GEAR » initial clothing purchase
April 21, 10:52am

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