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Cuben Mids
Hold out for a single pole mid. Check out Locus Gear's Khufu in cuben. It's very similar to the DuoMid but a little cheaper ($400) and lighter (10.2oz) and beautifully made. http://locus...

In Gear Swap » WTB Cuben Duomid
March 07, 10:11pm

I'm looking forward to Topo MT comments as well. My Inov-8 235's have 1500 miles on them and are badly due for replacement. I like the 235's but a more durable upper would be nice, so m...

In GEAR » Wide/Zero Drop Shoe Options
March 07, 10:03pm

I suspect Seam Grip would work pretty well. If you want a classy job, dilute it a bit or just use Tent Floor sealant from McNett which I think is the same stuff but thinner. The crotch area is p...

In Make Your Own Gear » Seam sealing Pertex Shield fabric?
March 06, 10:15pm

Pats BCB
Yeah that thread is where I saw the pop bottle. The weight drop and ability to not buy the $40 bottle is attractive, although the brews aren't offered in Canada that I know of.

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Brews
March 06, 11:27am

Pats BCB
"Anyone tried to make it in a nalgene?" I've read about people shaving a lot of weight off this system. I think it's been done in a pop bottle but it's been a while since I&#...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Brews
March 05, 11:13am

"Dan, Which thin base layers do you use for cold weather?" Cold weather requires a lot of insulation, so I try to carry as weight efficient insulation as I can, which means mostly down...

In GEAR » UL at -20F?
March 04, 8:42am

UL Winter
Nice stuff. My clothing strategy for really cold temps is a bit different. I always use really thin, light baselayers because I'm only relying on them for wicking, not insulation. So stuff ...

In GEAR » UL at -20F?
March 03, 9:45pm

PCT Permits
More info on the cap at the link below, but yes it's now 50 people per day. That's a good thing, as the herd is big enough now days that it needs to be spread out over a few weeks to make s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 2015 PCT NOBO Limit
March 03, 9:03pm

PCT Water
In 2014 my wife and I never carried more than a combined 8 liters. We were never relying on caching, but we did cut it tight a few times were the cache came in super handy. A cache was also super h...

In Pre-Trip Planning » PCT: Most water carried?
March 01, 8:32pm

Cargo Fly
I agree that it's probably unwise to toss gear loose into the boat, but I do think the inflatable aspect of the drybags is unnecessary except for where rules require this (Grand Canyon?).

In Packrafting » Alpacka Cargo Fly?
February 23, 7:19pm

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