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Halfmile Maps
Halfmile hiked the full PCT last year - we met him on Mather pass - so I imagine a lot of updates are either coming soon or have already happened. My guess is that the updates are a continual proce...

In GEAR » Updated Halfmile's PCT maps for 2015?
January 09, 9:23am

The new Xtherm Max should be in stock really soon. It just launched at MEC (Canadian equivalent of REI) last week. My guess is you'll see it at REI in the next 14 days.

In GEAR » Xtherm alternative?
January 07, 8:39am

Tons of info in the book isn't valuable, but I still recommend buying it. The entire first half has a few good bits on planning, but mostly it's just a collection of opinions on a wide r...

In GEAR » Is Yogi's PCT Handbook worth buying?
December 27, 7:44pm

Mid + Inner
I use a Duomid + Solo Inner. I'm a huge advocate for this setup. You sleep in the back half of the mid, well protected from rain falling in the door etc, and then the door side of the mid i...

In GEAR » For those with a MLD Mid w/Innernet...
December 21, 10:41pm

PCT Down Jacket
I thru hiked this year with a Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody as my only warm layer. Overall I think it's an excellent choice. For the first two months (i.e. start to Yosemite), this jacket ...

In GEAR » PCT: Down jacket
December 20, 8:15pm

They look a lot like the Seal Skinz waterproof socks. These socks were also quite stretchy, but numerous online reports said they leak after mild use, which is why I've stuck with the Rocky one...

In GEAR » Showers Pass waterproof socks
December 19, 8:30pm

FS: Montane Minimus - Womens Med Rain Jacket
For sale is a Women's Montane Minimus rain jacket size medium. Price is a steal at $60 shipped within USA/Canada, which is about 75% off (MSRP is about $200-$260). This jacket was used only onc...

In Gear Swap » FS: Montane Minimus - Womens Med Rain Jacket
December 19, 2:50pm

wiiawiwb: I sewed on a "stove jack" which is a patch of heat proof material with a hole for the pipe, and then a flap that covers the hole when the pipe isn't in place.

In GEAR » Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Dumid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
December 18, 10:18am

SS2 Hot Tent
This is the best picture I've got of the hot SS2. It'd be pretty tough to fit a proper inner inside the tent along with a wood stove. You could use the original inner and put the stove in t...

In GEAR » Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Dumid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
December 18, 12:36am

FS: MLD DuoMid - Cuben, Green
SOLD was a nice Mountain Laurel Designs cuben DuoMid. Price was $325 shipped to USA/Canada. This shelter is in very nice. I don't believe there's any damage. It was used only a handful o...

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD DuoMid - Cuben, Green
December 18, 12:20am

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