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Wood Stove
I use a wood stove in my SS2. I made a silnylon floor that clips inside instead of the inner with a cutout for the stove area. Sleepers sleep in a V shape sorta parallel to the ridgeline. There'...

In GEAR » Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Dumid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
December 17, 11:45pm

Small Rafts
If you're actually looking for a raft that is still semi-capable in mild whitewater (which it sounds like you are) then I can't be of much help other than speculating the weight and bulk of...

In Packrafting » Smaller Packraft Recommendations
December 17, 5:37pm

SMD Fusion
The Fusion packs do look quite nice. I was surprised how few I saw on the PCT when everyone was using older Frankle designs (ULA packs). The side pockets did seem a bit tight for carrying anything ...

In Gear Deals » SMD has started sales
December 14, 12:58am

Frost Line
There's a lot of Frost Line/Mirage discussion in this thread: Per the specs, the...

In GEAR » Frost Line vs Mirage
December 12, 1:47pm

"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

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