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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

FWIW, I like to angle the pole a bit to one side. If you want to do this you might need a little more length.

In GEAR » pole length for duomid?
January 18, 10:27pm

I don't see routes much shorter than the mid 90's unless you're drawing a route on Google Earth rather than using the trail distances on the Cairn maps, or if you're using a few off...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
January 15, 3:04pm

Great stuff! It's gonna be awesome.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
January 13, 8:49pm

Geez Doug that DeLorme looks huge. I'm scared for mine to arrive.

In GEAR » DeLorme inReach SE: Tracks Well on a Pack Strap?
January 10, 7:46pm

Sean, did you use Halfmile's maps? I can understand wanting physical maps as a safety net. On any trip besides the PCT I carry them. I just don't think Halfmile's maps are that helpf...

In GEAR » Updated Halfmile's PCT maps for 2015?
January 10, 7:38pm

PCT Maps
It was in the Sierra's that I met people with really nice landscape scale maps, so they definitely exist. I suggest maps around 1:80,000 in the standard map size. We started off with physica...

In GEAR » Updated Halfmile's PCT maps for 2015?
January 09, 11:54pm

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