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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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My experience is similar but less extreme. I found BPWD's quality to be unsightly but functional. If there is a big price savings I would consider BPWD, but at similar pricing I'd look e...

In GEAR » Bear Paw Wilderness Designs
January 27, 11:06pm

My wife and I used a Starlyte on the PCT this summer combined with an Evernew 1.3L pot and Caldera Cone. We ate whole wheat pasta almost everynight, which required about 0.9L of water and 10-15 min...

In GEAR » Solo cooking set.
January 27, 10:28pm

Fuel Efficiency
Fuel efficiency of alcohol stoves is often difficult to compare because people heat different volumes of water at different starting temperatures with different fuels (methanol, ethanol etc.). A ni...

In GEAR » Solo cooking set.
January 27, 6:32pm

Aluminum cones
If you're thinking of an aluminum cone, something to consider is the durability compared to titanium. Titanium is springy, so it will bounce back into shape after being coiled tightly in a pot....

In GEAR » Solo cooking set.
January 27, 1:39pm

"I've never really bothered trying to sell gear to people in the u.s. I figure tracked shipping would add too much cost." Without tracking, you can ship stuff up to 1kg (2.2lbs) t...

In GEAR » Canadian dollar hurts, ouch!
January 24, 11:37am

Canadian Dollar
On the flip side, now is a great time to be selling gear. Selling a $100 item nets Canadians $125.

In GEAR » Canadian dollar hurts, ouch!
January 23, 10:06pm

UL Down Jacket
An external frame pack (claims it weighed about 24 oz) A 0 degree down bag (3 lbs) A foam pad (1 lb) A tube tent (1 lb - often shared with someone else) Sierra cup (?) Nylon windbreaker (?) ...

In GEAR » UL ideas that Died
January 22, 10:09am

PCT Gearlist
"1) Good to know I can nix the liner, though I think I need to seam seal my pack first. 2) The Unaweep may be overkill, but it's the lightest pack that I could find that is comfortable fo...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2015. Suggestions Welcome.
January 21, 7:24pm

Snow trip
Nice shelter! I've been meaning to try a pulk.

In Post-Trip Reports » snowshoes, snow trenches, pulks- oh my!
January 19, 10:36pm

1) Nix the pack liner. With a cuben pack you don't need one. With a non-cuben pack I didn't need one until mid Washington. 2) The Unaweep is overkill for the PCT. It'll be nice on a ...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2015. Suggestions Welcome.
January 18, 10:45pm

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