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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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My regular Xtherm is 15.81oz (449g) with a repair patch on it.

In GEAR » Xtherm overweight
November 24, 11:19am

Winter 0F Quilt
For use down to 0F, I like about 25oz of down. A quilt with just enough coverage might be warm enough with 20oz, while a larger diameter sleeping bag would need closer to 30oz to have the same warm...

In GEAR » Winter (0F) Quilt Suggestions
November 23, 9:29pm

Solo Inner

In GEAR » Altaplex – zpacks now has the ultimate tent
November 23, 3:12pm

"Can the Duomid and inner be pitched as one?" Yes. My solo inner clips inside the mid and pitches as one. "The inner mesh I got is about 13oz." That's heavy for a solo ...

In GEAR » Altaplex – zpacks now has the ultimate tent
November 23, 9:23am

Mids can be pitched off the ground if desired. I see no difference in condensation potential. This is essentially a slightly asymmetrical mid that requires more stakes because it's slightly hex...

In GEAR » Altaplex – zpacks now has the ultimate tent
November 23, 12:02am

I'd rather it was a normal mid design with a sewn in inner. It looks like they've complicated the shape for no apparent advantage. The 360 protection is nice, but I wouldn't call it...

In GEAR » Altaplex – zpacks now has the ultimate tent
November 22, 11:01pm

Cinch cords
I'm no Arcteryx fan, but I'm not sure corporate greed is the best explanation for the lack of cinch cords.

In GEAR » Visited the new Arcteryx store in Portland
November 22, 10:58pm

Fitz Roy, Frostline, Roan
Thanks Babak. I assume the 200g of down for the 2014 Fitz Roy is also for size large? It seems that the fill of the Fitz Roy (7oz for size large) is very comparable to the Frost Line (6.7oz for med...

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
November 22, 9:40am

That's awesome. Nicely done. How long did it take? 20 hours?

In Make Your Own Gear » My first pack!
November 22, 9:26am

"the best event would be one where a really strong all land guy and a really good pack rafting guy would finish in about the same time" Art, I'd say it varies a lot by year, but...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
November 20, 7:42pm

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