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"The McDonalds at Cajon Pass has added more outlets inside, theres one right by the bathroom area also." Good to hear. When we were there in May the only plugs were by the washroom and...

In GEAR » Recommendations for external battery capacity for two on the PCT?
December 12, 1:43pm

S2S Mats
Nice to see more effort in sleeping pads. These pads could be comfortable, although those cells are certainly not independent as S2S claims. Regardless of comfort, the R value means they're ...

In GEAR » 2015 Sea to Summit sleeping mats
December 12, 9:12am

Cold Forge Parka
I briefly tried on the Cold Forge Parka locally. The torso length is LONG - almost too long but probably good for tall guys. I'm 5'11" and a size medium came to the bottom of my butt o...

In GEAR » Black Diamond Cold Forge Parka / PrimaLoft & down
December 11, 1:54pm

Hybrid Cuben
Edward, As far as I know Cubic Tech makes 3 versions of hybrid cuben. All of them are 1.43oz cuben laminated to a woven polyester face fabric. The three versions are referred to as wov20, wov32 ...

In Gear Lists » pct thru hike
December 09, 11:52am

I made a typo in my earlier post. I WOULD recommend a size up, not wouldn't.

In Gear Deals » Rocky Goretex Socks - 40% off
December 08, 11:25pm

Rocky Gore Tex Socks
If you opt for your normal shoe size, the sock will just fit over a light pair of socks but it'll be a pain to get on because the fabric isn't very stretchy. So sizing is a trade-off betwee...

In Gear Deals » Rocky Goretex Socks - 40% off
December 08, 7:16pm

Thorofare Pants
I had the Thorofare pants a few years ago. They were good for normal trail use. I wouldn't take them bushwacking. The fabric was fairly stretchy. I haven't seen any other fabrics like it.

In GEAR » Thorofare Trekking Pants
December 06, 8:47pm

Frost Line Mods
Round 2 of the mods was last night. The Zipper draft flap was either getting fixed or getting snipped. I tried sewing on some 3/4" grosgrain to the flap as a stiffener. It ended up working gre...

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
December 04, 7:52pm

They're alright. I've used them and found them fine for a week but you need to bring toothpaste still if you want anything done.

In GEAR » SUL toothbrush
December 03, 9:05pm

I know of at least 2 Arc Blasts that failed in 2014 due to the stays wearing through the fabric. I like waterproof packs, so I'd get something made of Xpac or hybrid cuben but if hybrid cube...

In Gear Lists » pct thru hike
December 03, 9:03pm

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