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Wash GGG
My vote is Olympic Pennisula. No opinion on timing.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Anyone up for a Western Washington UL GGG?
November 17, 6:15pm

Light Winter Jacket
"Dan, what conditions are you in where the Frost line is a "light jacket"? " I agree this jacket would be overkill for most mobile use, even in winter. I would use this jacke...

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
November 16, 6:24pm

Frost Line
It's worth noting that the 2014/2015 version of this jacket is substantially different than previous versions. Montbell chopped about 6oz of features off.

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
November 16, 10:35am

"My ideal parka would be a Frost Line with a 15d shell, 7d liner and 900 FP down." That's pretty darn close to the Mirage. Just 8 denier away on the shell fabric spec. Too bad Bac...

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
November 16, 12:48am

Frost Line
The Frost Line is a really appealing light winter jacket. The price ($219) is a bargain for a box baffled 800 FP jacket like this. There are similar jackets that cost more (ie. Patagonia Fitz Roy) ...

In GEAR » Can I beat the MB frost line parka ?
November 15, 12:35pm

Vargo Ti-Arc
The frame looks cool. It's tough to judge over the web, but this frame design could have promise. The bag is a mismatch though. Not durable enough compared to the frame. The only real use for c...

In GEAR » Vargo Ti-Arc pack with Cuben Fiber
November 14, 6:58pm

GoLite Website Gone is down

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » GoLite news
November 14, 1:22pm

2015 BMWO
Bugs: Virtually none Shelter: Not my area of expertise, but I think all the shelters are locked but many have covered porches. I think the excellent Cairn maps show all of them. There is a shelt...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
November 14, 10:34am

LUKE: You gotta do it! Unforgettable experience. The transportation will work out. I might be able to talk my wife into coming along and running a shuttle with our car. "I think Dan had Gre...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
November 12, 6:18pm

Montane Mininus - Available
Alright you tough bargaining folks, price is now $110 shipped.

In Gear Swap » FS: Montane Minimus Rain Jacket - Women's Med, Like New
November 11, 10:26pm

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