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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Softshell
I'm not a fan of thick, heavy softshells. They're basically a windshirt (water repellant + wind blocking) plus some insulating value. The insulation provided by a softshell is very weight i...

In GEAR » any reason to use a softshell?
September 29, 10:39pm

Shelters
If you don't mind the weight, a cuben DuoMid (12oz) + solo inner (8oz) is an awesome combo at 20oz. You'll have a lot more space, and a nice vestibule area with the solo inner just occupyin...

In GEAR » Tent take 2. Not happy with Solplex, next option?
September 29, 8:24am

DuoMid XL
Nice to see the new DuoMid XL. Clever design for two that reduces some of the trade-offs with multiple people in a mid.

In GEAR » MLD Duomid vs Zpacks Duplex Tarp
September 25, 5:26pm

shelters
The DuoMid is a squish for 2. It's an outstanding solo shelter, but many of those positive attributes are lost when you put two people in there (ie. vestibule space, sleep at the back to avoid ...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid vs Zpacks Duplex Tarp
September 25, 3:28pm

DuoMid
Tarps/Mids are a good application for cuben. It's extremely strong stuff, so it can handle serious winds if it's properly built like the DuoMid. A cuben DuoMid should easily handle a 30-40 ...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 21, 7:39pm

Shockcord
I've bought shockcord from QuestOutfitters for use inside tent poles. http://www.questoutfitters.com/narrow_roll_goods.htm#ELASTIC%20CORD%20&%20SHOCK%20CORD I think 1/8" is a prett...

In GEAR » Re-shockcording Tent Poles - What type & length of shock cord to use?
September 21, 7:29pm

Cuben Floors
Another issue with that quick analysis is that the towel would have been supporting much of the weight applied, so the actual pressure applied to the water would have been far less than the total w...

In GEAR » Cuben Ground = Sieve
September 19, 10:21pm

Cuben Floors
" if we assume there was a 50# water column before it started leaking.....its a little more waterproof than eVent" Why would we assume this? There's no reason to think it was super...

In GEAR » Cuben Ground = Sieve
September 19, 8:17pm

Exped
My first SynMat did the same thing as this. I emailed a photo to Exped Canada and they mailed me a new one. This summer I put ~130 nights on that new one while hiking the PCT and this issue didn...

In GEAR » Exped UL7 Failure and the REI Warranty - Kudos
September 19, 10:33am

Pads
I use a SynMat, as I sleep better on it then an original generation NeoAir. However, I have more respect for the NeoAir design. Their reflective baffling is more thermally efficient than synthetic ...

In GEAR » Exped UL7 W versus NeoAir XTherm L
September 17, 3:15pm

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 five stars because it's quality construct...

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
I'll be the first one to give this jacket 5 stars. 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 t...

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