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I would go silnylon and no ground sheet. Cuben is sketchy as a floor material. It's okay for a while, but once it starts to fray the end isn't far off. Opting for silnylon with no ground...

In GEAR » cuben vs. silnylon for a tent floor
February 13, 9:59am

Ibex has their Hooded Indie (195g/m2) on sale right now ($79 @ vs. $115). They also have the Woolies line at 150g/m2 but I'm not sure if there's a hooded option.

In GEAR » Options for a Hooded merino long sleeve shirt
February 11, 3:17pm

My view is that all of these bags will last a very long time with proper care. My wife has a WM bag, while I use Zpacks quilt made of 7D. They're all well sewn, so durability is simple a ma...

In GEAR » Long term durability of Zpacks, Enlightened Equipment and Western Mountaineering bags/quilts
February 09, 8:22pm

First UL
My first was a GoLite LiteSpeed pack that I bought in 2008. At about 2.5lbs it was a big change from the 7.5lbs North Face Catalyst 75 that I was using. A buddy and I tried to go really light to co...

In GEAR » Your first "UL" piece of gear?
February 08, 7:30pm

I'm a big fan of the DuoMid + solo inner. Unlike the SoloMid, it gives you the vestibule space for more comfortable shoulder season and winter trips (ie. no rain falling in the door onto your b...

In GEAR » 3-Season cuben shelter tarp w/inner net vs tent
February 06, 3:21pm

As new stuff is developed, the cost of producing it generally falls over time - not necessarily the price. To have the price fall as well you need either competition or price elastic demand. I&#...

In GEAR » When will cuben fiber become reasonably affordable.
February 05, 7:05am

RD Windshell
"The MEC RD Windshell Jacket has a CFM rating of 7. MEC does not carry any high rated CFM jackets." From ample personal experience, the RD Windshell is highly breathable. It's not...

In GEAR » Windshirt Question
February 04, 10:37am

Ti Stakes
The normal ti hooks (6-8g) work fine, but the really light Ti can fail when used with an alcohol stove. I've tried using the Terra Nova 2g stakes and they get hot, weak and bend.

In GEAR » Ti Tent Stakes Work as Pot Supports, Yes?
February 04, 9:35am

I'd start off by confirming this news. It's possible the guy you talked to spoke with the wrong person or something went awry. I'd shoot Werner Customer Service an email: info@wernerpad...

In Packrafting » Werner Shuna No Longer Offered in 4-Piece
February 03, 9:35pm

Starlyte's are awesome. Super light, spill-proof, you can store fuel in 'em, they light in winter etc.

In GEAR » Alcohol stove suggestions for Snow Peak 900
February 03, 7:47pm

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 five stars because it's quality construct...

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
I'll be the first one to give this jacket 5 stars. 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 t...

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