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Dan Durston (dandydan) - BPL Premium Member

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First Ascent
First Ascent/Eddie Bauer makes their Downlight parka in a tall option. It's similar or a bit less warm than the MB Alpine Light and the usually have great end of season sales.

In GEAR » Looking for a new winter jacket
March 03, 5:36pm

I think of weight as being pretty much equal between these inner styles. Noseeum mesh is about 0.7oz, while the lightest solid nylon fabrics are also in that range. The lightest solid material woul...

In GEAR » Solid vs Semi-solid vs mesh interior
March 03, 7:21am

Just up late....I'm on the PCT this summer and then back in BC for good in September though.

In GEAR » Headlamp recommendations
March 02, 11:20am

"Zebralight's website: "China Registered Airmail (2 to 8 weeks or months)" This excerpt is only referring to the speed of the shipping service, so it is does not include the bac...

In GEAR » Headlamp recommendations
March 02, 12:19am

I bought direct from On the page for a headlamp it often says "Availability: Back Order". My guess is that Zebralight just finds it easier to make them in small batches ...

In GEAR » Headlamp recommendations
March 01, 11:43pm

You can order any of the lights listed on their site and it'll ship out with a small-medium delay. My H51 was out of stock when I ordered and it shipped in about 5 days, while my H52 took about...

In GEAR » Headlamp recommendations
March 01, 8:03pm

The H600 does sound pretty awesome. I'd love one. "but am not appreciating the difference between the H52 floods and the H502 floods" H502 = 120 degree flood, no brighter "ho...

In GEAR » Headlamp recommendations
March 01, 6:58pm

Pot Shape
Lots of good points here. A few more considerations: - Larger diameter pots require larger diameter windscreens, which is more weight. - If you want to pack a cone inside, either tall or wide...

In GEAR » Optimum ratio of pot diameter to height
March 01, 12:01am

Down Vest
Summer is when your pack is the lightest anyways, so consider if you should put the money into improving part of your kit that shaves weight across the board, rather than when you need the savings ...

In GEAR » lightweight fleece hoodie or really light down parka
February 28, 10:27pm

Wet. September was wet when I was on the JDF and I'm pretty sure that's normal. It won't be that cold, but don't count on easy fires because the forest is often soaked so you ha...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Jdf/wct question
February 28, 4:03pm

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