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Dan Durston (dandydan) - BPL Premium Member

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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Cuben abrasion
Geez those cuben abrasion patches are a poor idea. I generally like cuben, but abrasion is it's worst aspect. It's not a material you add in to high abrasion spots.

In Editor's Roundtable » ISPO 2015: Part 3
April 16, 6:43pm

Poles
I find 16oz/pair poles to be noticeably less nice to use than lighter poles. I've owned Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork and they work fine, but something in the 8-10oz range is much nicer to u...

In GEAR » Best aluminum flick-lock hiking poles? Al versus Carbon for shelter support & field repair
April 13, 11:43pm

Locus Gear
"Did you have any tears with yours?" No. The perimeter stake out points aren't going to tear under any sort of reasonable use. They are adequately strong. The reason I've comment...

In GEAR » New Cuben Mid: Locus Gear Hapi (11.3oz in stuff sack)
April 11, 8:12am

Locus Gear Hapi
"Do you mean two poles center mounted, like the HMG Ultamid? Or two poles in A frame mode?" I mean two poles used in some creative manner to increase headroom, not in an inverted V for u...

In GEAR » New Cuben Mid: Locus Gear Hapi (11.3oz in stuff sack)
April 09, 6:12pm

Locus Gear Hapi
Neat. The extra 8" of width and placing the door on the end should make this much better for two than the Khufu. However, I prefer 2 pole mids for two occupants for the extra headroom. A s...

In GEAR » New Cuben Mid: Locus Gear Hapi (11.3oz in stuff sack)
April 09, 4:43pm

Hydrophobic Down
I've never had much difficulty keeping my down jacket dry. I don't think I've ever got it substantially wet beyond the wrists. If I'm planning a truly sloppy trip (i.e. packrafting)...

In GEAR » Any real world benefit to Hydrophobic Down jackets? PNW BPL'ers please chime in
April 08, 10:41pm

Trailroc
I've been quite impressed with the TrailRoc 235. I hiked the 2660 mile PCT using pretty much 2 pairs. The upper will start to fall apart around 700 miles but they only get so bad and then they ...

In GEAR » Innov8 Trailroc durability and alternatives
April 07, 11:20pm

Shelter
I'll be bringing a mid (Locus Gear Khufu) + groundsheet. There is lots of forested terrain down low, but I like having the option of setting up camp pretty much anywhere in case in want to atte...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 31, 11:27pm

Umbrella
I didn't see many umbrella's post SoCal in 2014. Umbrella's are great for shade in SoCal, especially during breaks but the importance of shade diminishes after California.

In GEAR » Umbrella on the PCT
March 29, 10:29pm

Batteries
Is lithium really twice the capacity? It seems like good NiMH AA batteries are around 2000-2700 mAh capacity, while lithium AA's are around 3000 mAh. So 20-50% more capacity unless I'm miss...

In GEAR » Lithium Vs. Ni-MH Batteries (AA)
March 29, 2:04pm

All Reader Reviews by Dan Durston

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Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben DuoMid
The DuoMid is the best shelter for solo hikers. Don't be misled by the "Duo" in its name - you could cram two hikers in here but it's poorly suited for that (ie. no vestibule space, ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
September 22, 1:56pm

Evernew 300ml Dbl Wall Mug (ECA354)
I like the idea of a robust, double wall titanium mug that may be a bit heavier...

In Cookware - Titanium
September 22, 11:01am

Montane Minimus DT Pant
These pants are a very niche product. They're light (4.25oz Med) but the Pertex Shield+ m...

In Clothing - Raingear
September 22, 10:31am

Spark-Lite Fire Starter (Survival Gear - BPL Gear Shop)
I have this kit and the FireLite Mini kit. This sparker is a bit lighter than the FireLite Mini but I don't trust this sparker 100% like I do the FireLite. This sparker doesn't work well wh...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
October 28, 11:21pm

BPL FireLite Firestarter
I love this FireLite Mini. It's the only thing that I 100% trust to start a fire. With a mini Bic you can run out of gas, be at too high of an altitude, get it wet or get it oily. Matches can ...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
October 28, 11:19pm

Hyperlight Mtn Gear Echo I
I wasn't sure where to put this review as the Echo I can be used as either a tarp or a double wall tent. OVERVIEW I've given the Echo I 4 stars because it's quality construction...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
October 16, 4:15pm

Golite 2006 Reed Pants
I've got the original Reed pants (4oz in a size medium) and they are prefect rain pants for UL hiking. They've been adequately durable, totally waterproof and light. I don't want ankle zip...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 15, 10:27pm

Marmot Essence
Marmot has made a number of changes to this jacket over the years so criticisms of the earlier models are no longer relevant. My Essence is the 2009 model which has all waterproof zippers and it h...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 15, 10:22pm

Baladeo 22 Grams Knife
This knife is a brilliant design. Every part of it is functional and the result is a lot of knife for just 22g (or 24.3g as mine as actually weighs). When I opened the (very nice) box and first played...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 03, 6:10pm

Nite ize S-Biner
After using another small biner that failed due to a poor design, I switched the Nite Ize Size 1 biner for bear bagging this summer. I use one of these to clip to my 1.4mm spectra cord to my food sack...

In Miscellaneous Products
October 03, 5:56pm