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My underlying complaint is that DeLorme seems to be trying to extract as much money as possible from their userbase while they have the powerful yet ephemeral position of being the only provider. I...

In GEAR » DeLorme announced today the inReach Explorer - It incorporates many navigation functions
January 30, 11:12am

It does seem like TD only offers standalone cones to existing customers. If enough demand exists they might change this. Not that many people want to buy a 12-10 and a Starlyte stove when they only...

In GEAR » Alcohol Solo Cook Set (Best and Lightest)
January 30, 10:30am

Admittedly I haven't put the research into this to offer any sort of credible critique. I picked up a used SE for $180 recently so maybe there's also a bit of envy here. Previously I was ho...

In GEAR » DeLorme announced today the inReach Explorer - It incorporates many navigation functions
January 30, 9:17am

Ozzy Thanks for the ride offer. I'd certainly be happy to bus over to Port Townsend for a ride down (I presume this is what you meant by PA to PT). I'm still working on spousal approval so...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » PNW GGG is a GO!
January 30, 8:41am

Maybe I'm missing something or not appreciating what Delorme has done, but the functionality added by the Explorer model seems like it should have been a free software upgrade for the InReach S...

In GEAR » DeLorme announced today the inReach Explorer - It incorporates many navigation functions
January 29, 11:21pm

Winter Shelter
A single pole mid is what you want. Have you looked in the gear swap forum for a cuben DuoMid? Another option is the Locus Gear Khufu. It's extremely similar to the MLD DuoMid and its also o...

In GEAR » Cuben winter shelter for Smoky Mountains?
January 29, 10:52pm

Best Setup
"Lets see- Evernew .9 ltr UL pot- $55 most places (if you buy it from TD its $65) TD sidewinder $85 shipped Starlyte Burner $10 extra. So, $150 to $160 for an alcohol setup with a Ti p...

In GEAR » Alcohol Solo Cook Set (Best and Lightest)
January 29, 10:37pm

Locus Gear
Locus Gear is making really awesome shelters that not many people in North America know about since they're from Japan. I highly recommend people check them out:

In GEAR » Bear Paw Wilderness Designs
January 29, 7:28pm

The best solution to silnylon slipperyness is to put silicone dots on the bottom of your sleeping pad. Coating the floor with diluted silicone adds a ton of grip, but it also adds 1-2oz per side, a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Coating silnylon floor
January 29, 7:19pm

Heat Values
Fair enough. I wasn't aware of the difference. Using LHV instead of HHV, Methanol should be 19.9 rather than 22.7, while ethanol should be 28.9 rather than 29.7. Interesting that methanol drops...

In GEAR » Solo cooking set.
January 29, 1:49pm

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