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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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"Someone else already mentioned this but one thing I don't like about pointy topped flys is that rain comes in when the door is unzipped." This is definitely true if you're put...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 14, 2:30pm

I'm sure MLD would use a #5 zip instead for a nominal charge if you'd prefer. I'd also recommend a silnylon floor over cuben and no groundsheet. A light (0.7oz) cuben floor is likely to...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 11, 4:38pm

Marc: With pliers, do I squeeze the slider vertically (ie. thinner like a pancake) or horizontally?

In GEAR » Failing #3 Zippers?
September 11, 8:54am

These are my subjective impressions after 5 years of buying from a lot of small brands: Professional Quality HMG (shelters) Katabatic Gear ULA Western Mountaineering GoLite Locus Gear ...

In GEAR » What manufacturers do you trust?
September 10, 10:04pm

To be clear, the zippers on the "fly" of my TT SS2 worked great the whole time, which are the main zips that one can easily overstress with a bad pitch. They are both #5 zips I believe. T...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 10, 9:52pm

I thru hiked the PCT this summer and was pretty surprised by the tent choices. By far the most common shelters were the Zpacks Hexamid and Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 or UL2. The latter is a fine choic...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 10, 6:41pm

I've been happy with my Casio PAW1300 for 3-4 years now of daily wear. I got it on eBay new for $140. The solar power is great and the altimeter has always been awesome. I find the digital comp...

In GEAR » Reliable altimeter watch
April 09, 6:52am

Cuben Hybrid
Cuben Hybrid also comes in a few face fabric options, which seems to be less well known. It's been a while since I looked into it, but I think the Zpacks stuff (2.9oz/yd) uses a 30D face fab...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
April 08, 7:05am

There's still water in Lake Morena?

In Pre-Trip Planning » Lake Morena to Southern terminus ride suggestions
April 07, 4:06pm

Cuben Hybrid vs. Dimension Polyant
Regarding Cuben Hybrid vs. Dimension Polyant, I could be wrong, but I think the key differences are: 1) Cuben Hybrid uses spectra fibers bonded between the woven and waterproof (plastic) layers,...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
April 07, 2:14pm

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