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"Too bad a robust nylon isn't available that has a black outer face and a bright yellow inner coating." Xpac fabrics can be had with a black outer face and a light grey inner nylon...

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews No. 3
October 30, 7:17pm

I guess the upside is there might be some killer sales in the next couple months.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » GoLite news
October 27, 11:47pm

Article here on down vs synthetic drying. It's not clear cut either way:

In GEAR » Montbell Down Jacket
October 27, 1:22am

"any further suggestions for something simpler than a tarp? was thinking about a bivy. Your main challenges are: SoCal: Wind, ants, cold Sierra's/NorCal: Bugs, some rain Oregon/Wash:...

In Gear Lists » pct thru hike
October 26, 10:28pm

Synthetic gets a lot of praise for being "warm when wet" but really it just sucks a bit less than down when wet. Even that is debatable as down dries quicker, and you can carry a lot more...

In GEAR » Montbell Down Jacket
October 26, 10:16pm

PCT Shelter
A few comments: 1) A few Arc Blasts on the PCT this summer had the stays wear through the material and were sent back. 2) Have good stakes (not ti skewers) for SoCal. It's windy. You want Y...

In Gear Lists » pct thru hike
October 26, 6:47pm

Easton Cuben
Wow, how did Easton get that cuben tent to weight over 3 lbs? It's cuben and single wall. There's a lot of other tent options at 3.2 lbs or less that don't cost $2000.

In GEAR » Cuben free standing tent
October 26, 3:18pm

I was using a tent with a silnylon floor, no groundsheet. Surfaces were everything on the PCT but I tried to avoid gravel and heavy use areas. Obviously my experiences are a small sample size and a...

In GEAR » Post-hike thoughts on my Synmat UL7 vs NeoAir XTherm
October 25, 8:49pm

"Were you able to successfully patch your Synmat while in the field? How did you deal with it at night?" Yes. With the exception of one, the holes were fairly small - the type that tak...

In GEAR » Post-hike thoughts on my Synmat UL7 vs NeoAir XTherm
October 25, 6:18pm

Synmat UL7 vs XTherm
I've found the Synmat UL7 to be more comfortable because it's thicker (2.8"?) and has a different tube layout + thicker edge tubes. I easily sleep better on it than a NeoAir. However i...

In GEAR » Post-hike thoughts on my Synmat UL7 vs NeoAir XTherm
October 25, 12:05pm

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