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Bob Open
Greg and I didn't use drysuits in 2013, while Cyrus and his partner did. I was definitely pretty cold by the end of the first section, but it was dusk and we'd been wet and on the water for...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
December 03, 8:58pm

Lawson Packs
Nice to see some new pack options. Looks like Xpac fabrics, which is good. Dave: It's amazing how much American's like their camo packs. When ULA came out with a camo option I figured it...

In GEAR » Lawson Outdoor Equipment Backpack
December 02, 10:08am

"I used a 30* RevX for the AT and found it to be plenty warm. Will I need a warmer quilt for the PCT?" You might have a few chilly nights in the first month, but that'll be plenty ...

In GEAR » Going to ground next year for PCT - recommendations for shelter/sleep system.
November 30, 7:28pm

Montbell Frost Line
I made the first round of mods to my Frost Line tonight. I snipped out the internal stash pockets and put lighter shock cord and cord locks in the waist hem. Combined that dropped 29g (1.0oz). M...

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
November 30, 12:39am

Montane Minimus Jacket - For Sale, Like New
Alright, price drop to $90. A total steal.

In Gear Swap » FS: Montane Minimus Rain Jacket - Women's Med, Like New
November 29, 7:23pm

I used both a canister stove and an alcohol stove on the PCT this past summer. Canister stoves are nice and simple, but finding canisters can be a pain. Some people had no issues but I ran into...

In GEAR » PCT: jetboil or DIY stove
November 29, 6:05pm

Frost Line
My Frost Line Parka showed up from, so I can add a few initial impressions. Fit I'm a hair under 6'0 and 165 lbs. I ordered a medium after vacillating between medium or ...

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
November 28, 6:32pm

Nike Vest
Insulating running vests have always seemed backwards to me. When I go for a run in cool conditions, my arms get cold while my torso still gets sweaty. For really cold runs I'd like a non-in...

In GEAR » Down Vest from Nike
November 26, 8:44pm

Bob and Bike
Depending on the water, it might be plausible to tow the BOB with your raft. This idea is a little nuts, but if you in calm water and if you are using a large dry bag anyways with the BOB, you ...

In Packrafting » BOB and Bike on Raft?
November 26, 6:33pm

My regular Xtherm is 15.81oz (449g) with a repair patch on it.

In GEAR » Xtherm overweight
November 24, 11:19am

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