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OR 2014
Thanks for the info. Very cool stuff.

January 23, 7:42pm

Water Capacity
That sounds like almost 5 liters, not 7 (2 x 1.4L + 2 x 1L = 4.8L). I'm starting on the PCT around the same time and I'm planning on 10L capacity for my wife and I (4 x 2L platy + 2 x 1L...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water Capacity for 2014 April 16th Thru Hike
January 20, 6:55pm

Big 4
Pad: Exped SynMat UL7 - 16oz, $120 Shelter: MLD Cuben DuoMid + Solo Inner - 23oz, $400 (Used) Bag: Zpacks 30F Quilt - 14oz, $335 Pack: ULA Ohm - 23oz, $175 Total: 4.75lbs, $1030

In GEAR » What's your big four weigh/cost? Me- 2 lbs 8.4 oz/$773
January 20, 5:24pm

WPB Shells
"As your body heats up and perspires it creates condensation both below (between the pad and tent floor and between the pad and bag) and above you (small ice crystals will rain down in a poorl...

In GEAR » Sleeping bag/quilt with WPB cuben shell
January 20, 10:47am

WPB Cuben Bag Shell
There are two main questions here: 1) Is a WPB shell a good idea for a sleeping bag? 2) Is WPB cuben a good choice for a WPB shell? A WPB sleeping bag shell is better at avoiding external mo...

In GEAR » Sleeping bag/quilt with WPB cuben shell
January 19, 8:36pm

Down Pants
The lighter pants seem like a no brainer to me. They're similarly warm for half the weight, which means they're going to be easier to justify bringing on a lot more trips. Realistically, yo...

In GEAR » Montbell UL vs UL Tech down pants... significant weight difference..
January 18, 10:19pm

DuoMid XL
...and 5" lower. The DuoMid XL seems like a good option for tall hikers who otherwise would want a SoloMid. Wide hikers or hikers who want more space would likely be better served with a Du...

In GEAR » New MLD SoloMid XL
January 17, 3:17pm

Price Drop: Montbell
EDIT: Everything is sold.

In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell Ex Light Vest (M) & Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka (L)
January 13, 7:02pm

"Personally, I would rather "float" a 15 lb load with a 3 lb pack than attempt to carry a 13 lb load with a 1 lb frameless pack....that extra 2 lbs is doing more for my backpacking e...

In GEAR » What Dan McHale has to say about UL backpacks
January 12, 9:24pm

I often see hikers justify their heavy packs (3-5 lbs) by arguing against frameless packs, and then jumping to the conclusion that the only good solution is their heavy pack, as if there was nothin...

In GEAR » What Dan McHale has to say about UL backpacks
January 12, 4:22pm

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