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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Grab a "digital pocket scale" from eBay for $6-$7 shipped. You can get ones that read up to 2000g, yet measure to 0.1g. On eBay search for "digital pocket scale 2000g" and th...

In GEAR » Looking for a cheap, good scale.
February 03, 5:44pm

We should be mentioning Montbell in this conversation. The Tachyon Anorak is hooded for 2.3oz. I really like hoods. My main reason is bugs. With a good hood that seals around the face you can dr...

In GEAR » Windshirt Question
February 03, 7:42am

MYOG Quilt
Awesome! That's the prefect 3 season quilt. I love it.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Pertex GL 900 down sleeping bag/quilt/blanket
February 02, 9:36pm

"Are you guys comfortable putting the plastic lid on a half-full stove and storing it in your pot? " Yeah for sure. The only time it leaks a wee bit is if it's totally full (or overf...

In GEAR » Zelph Starlyte alcohol stove
February 02, 8:39am

Tarps are a really good application for cuben. They're perhaps the only application where cuben can fully shine because a responsible owner can pretty much eliminate abrasion. If you're not...

In GEAR » Anyone used the same piece of cuben gear for more than one thru-hike?
February 02, 8:38am

Sounds like a great buy. Let us know how it goes. Regarding the Quasar, as I recall it was the hang tag that came off in the wash. I don't think the actual main fabrics were coming apart. Th...

In GEAR » Convince me I don't want an M10?
February 02, 8:31am

"it seems that once the water drops below 98.6*f, it will start to conduct heat away" 1) 98.6 F is core body temperature but extremities like feet are much cooler. The thermoneutral poin...

In GEAR » How to protect your down in case of a punctured hot water bottle/bladder.
February 01, 5:19pm

Yeah it's a really awesome stove. I use one with a caldera sidewinder cone and no pot support, so it's super stable and even more efficient.

In GEAR » Zelph Starlyte alcohol stove
February 01, 4:49pm

Hot water bottles in bed
I'm a bit leery of regularly using hot water bottles in bed. This is the kind of thing that is frequently touted in Backpacker Magazine as an experts tip for anytime it gets slightly cold out. ...

In GEAR » How to protect your down in case of a punctured hot water bottle/bladder.
February 01, 1:15pm

I have no direct experience, but the M10 sure looks like a nice rain jacket. Patagonia makes nice stuff and for a lot of people a more durable 3-layer rain jacket is a better investment as they las...

In GEAR » Convince me I don't want an M10?
February 01, 7:35am

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