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Strathcona Pack
Strathcona is the plan. I'm on the island now for grad studies at UVic, so a lot of my planning/dreaming is directed at Strathcona.

In Make Your Own Gear » Strathcona Pack
October 24, 8:52am

Down jackets
Terminology: If a jacket is sewn through then it doesn't have baffling, as baffles are the pieces of fabric that form the sides of the down chambers. I understand your post, but people will rea...

In GEAR » Help with Puffy design
October 23, 10:58pm

Luke's Ultralite
I miss the low prices of the Paclite stuff. For rain pants I'm happy with less breathing. "So is that 100 runs of the zipper or 1,000? Eventually is pretty vague." I'd say the...

In GEAR » Lukes Ultralite now using eVent
October 22, 11:25pm

Sweet bivy

In Make Your Own Gear » Evolution of a MYOG bivy
October 22, 8:57am

"My prediction is that if you carry those V8s in diagonal very often you'll be aquasealing holes in the side panels." They're Charger BC's because I had to have fishscales :)

In Make Your Own Gear » Strathcona Pack
October 21, 10:33pm

Strathcona Pack
After a few years of jealously reading others MYOG pack projects, I decided to join the fray and try pack construction. The thought of having exactly what I want in a pack is a compelling propo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Strathcona Pack
October 21, 8:00pm

Brooks Range
It looks like a great deal to me. I'm not the market but someone should scoop this up.

In Gear Swap » FS Brooks Range Down Jacket Size Large
October 21, 10:44am

I know nothing about it but my B.S. alarm is going off like crazy" +1. Most stuff that makes claims like this is about 1% true and 99% hype. Actively uptaking and releasing moisture to m...

In GEAR » 37.5 Technology?
October 21, 12:07am

I found on the PCT this summer that chaffing was mostly an issue in SoCal. In this part of the hike it's often really hot so you're sweating like crazy, but you don't notice the sheer v...

In GEAR » Thru-Hike Pant System
October 21, 12:04am

Hopefully they can pull out of this a leaner company.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » GoLite news
October 18, 10:28am

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