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Kokopelli Tizip
Kokopelli offers what appears to be the same Tizip on their boats for $100 - $125 rather than $275. That doesn't include the dry bags, but it's still way cheaper than Alpacka. It might b...

In Packrafting » Alpacka Cargo Fly?
February 23, 5:52pm

SD Mid
IMO, The TarpTent StratoSpire2 is the current gold standard for dual pole 2 person mids. That shelter has a number of innovations that improve usability for two people (pitch lock corners, angled s...

In GEAR » Skurka and Sierra Designs team up for gear
February 22, 10:39pm

I don't like less than 30D for a floor, but I'm okay with a 20D canopy.

In GEAR » Denier on SD tents
February 22, 5:43pm

Top Vent
You've removed the plastic stiffener? The vent material is longer than where it velcro's to, so there is some bunching involved when you close the vent. I've never actually closed th...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid top vent won't close?
February 22, 10:52am

I'll do this next time I'm using N2, which is gonna be 5-10 days from now. I'm not quite sure how best to do it, since cuben is so light you can't really throw it at the ground o...

In GEAR » Does Cuben crack in the cold?
February 22, 12:26am

There's probably going to be several people dropping cars off at the end and shuttling back to the start somehow. So hopefully you guys could just rent one car, drive it the end and get a lift ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
February 22, 12:23am

Cuben in Liquid N2
"Cuben in liquid nitrogen would be disappointing." I have access to some. Next week I'll try this. If flowers are any indication, it'll be fun.

In GEAR » Does Cuben crack in the cold?
February 21, 8:27pm

Cargo Fly
The cargo fly is awesome, but just so darn expensive. It's tempting just to go buy one of the same Tizip Superseal zippers for ~$70 and toss it in myself. How hard can it be? :) Having to de...

In Packrafting » Alpacka Cargo Fly?
February 19, 5:53pm


In GEAR » Skurka and Sierra Designs team up for gear
February 18, 4:05pm

I like 1" belts for frameless packs. I'm happy with 20-25 lbs without any hipbelt and I can push that upwards by about 5 lbs if I add a 1" belt. I just finished a 3 day trip with 25-3...

In GEAR » ZPacks Zero (Size Medium) ... Help me with the hip belt
February 17, 7:48pm

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