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Rain mitts
I agree with John on the Versaliners. They're just too far away from waterproof. The seams aren't sealed/taped and the fabric seems to leak almost immediately. The MEC CloudRaker Mitts (...

In GEAR » MLD rain mitts or ???
October 08, 7:33pm

Sierra Designs
Cool event. Nice to see you guys doing stuff like this.

In Gear Deals » SD LIVE event tomorrow: Layering strategies.....
October 07, 8:16am

I say DuoMid, based on your desire for extra space for versatile year round use. The SoloMid is pretty small. It's a good shelter in nice conditions but in the shoulder seasons and during th...

In GEAR » Duomid or Solomid
October 05, 8:40pm

Katabatic Packs
They look like really high quality products. The alpine back in particular is gorgeous with that V40 fabric.

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
October 05, 11:04am

Nice trip! I really want to get back there. Hopefully 2015 is good to me.

In Post-Trip Reports » Packrafting the South Fork of the Flathead and West Fork of Sun
October 05, 1:14am

FS: Ibex Indie - Hooded
SOLD! For sale is an Ibex Hooded Indie shirt. Size Medium. $60 USD including Shipping to USA/Canada. I got this in the spring but it's a little too small so I've barely used it. I'...

In Gear Swap » FS: Ibex Indie - Hooded
October 04, 6:47pm

#3 Zips
"you want to squeeze the halves like a pancake rather tan along the length of the zipper." Sweet. My Stratospire 2 is back in business.

In GEAR » Failing #3 Zippers?
September 30, 7:50pm

I'm not a fan of thick, heavy softshells. They're basically a windshirt (water repellant + wind blocking) plus some insulating value. The insulation provided by a softshell is very weight i...

In GEAR » any reason to use a softshell?
September 29, 10:39pm

If you don't mind the weight, a cuben DuoMid (12oz) + solo inner (8oz) is an awesome combo at 20oz. You'll have a lot more space, and a nice vestibule area with the solo inner just occupyin...

In GEAR » Tent take 2. Not happy with Solplex, next option?
September 29, 8:24am

DuoMid XL
Nice to see the new DuoMid XL. Clever design for two that reduces some of the trade-offs with multiple people in a mid.

In GEAR » MLD Duomid vs Zpacks Duplex Tarp
September 25, 5:26pm

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