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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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PCT Shelter
A few comments: 1) A few Arc Blasts on the PCT this summer had the stays wear through the material and were sent back. 2) Have good stakes (not ti skewers) for SoCal. It's windy. You want Y...

In Gear Lists » pct thru hike
October 26, 6:47pm

Easton Cuben
Wow, how did Easton get that cuben tent to weight over 3 lbs? It's cuben and single wall. There's a lot of other tent options at 3.2 lbs or less that don't cost $2000.

In GEAR » Cuben free standing tent
October 26, 3:18pm

I was using a tent with a silnylon floor, no groundsheet. Surfaces were everything on the PCT but I tried to avoid gravel and heavy use areas. Obviously my experiences are a small sample size and a...

In GEAR » Post-hike thoughts on my Synmat UL7 vs NeoAir XTherm
October 25, 8:49pm

"Were you able to successfully patch your Synmat while in the field? How did you deal with it at night?" Yes. With the exception of one, the holes were fairly small - the type that tak...

In GEAR » Post-hike thoughts on my Synmat UL7 vs NeoAir XTherm
October 25, 6:18pm

Synmat UL7 vs XTherm
I've found the Synmat UL7 to be more comfortable because it's thicker (2.8"?) and has a different tube layout + thicker edge tubes. I easily sleep better on it than a NeoAir. However i...

In GEAR » Post-hike thoughts on my Synmat UL7 vs NeoAir XTherm
October 25, 12:05pm

I'd give it a 7 on your scale. It's less slippery but also less durable. Silnylon can be annoying slippery, while I've never noticed this with cuben.

In GEAR » cuben slippery?
October 25, 11:57am

Frost Line
Brett: Is yours the new 2015 design? Or the older version?

In GEAR » Double checking my down parka purchase
October 24, 10:06pm

Do you mean the Frost Line parka, or maybe the Frost Smoke? I don't believe there is a Frost Point parka.

In GEAR » Baffled by Montbell's baffling.
October 24, 7:16pm

Frost Line
It looks like an awesome jacket. Yeah the Mirage is the UL champ, but for the extra 7oz (50%) you get a warmer, longer, cheaper and more durable jacket. It's a pragmatic choice. Once some o...

In GEAR » Double checking my down parka purchase
October 24, 5:41pm


In GEAR » Help with Puffy design
October 24, 3:20pm

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