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Wind River
Excellent photos and write up. Tough but awesome. Thanks Rog.

In Post-Trip Reports » A Wind River Range Beatdown
October 06, 12:39pm

I find the SynMat UL7 much more comfortable than the NeoAir. I used the NeoAir for 2 seasons and it was alright, but I sleep much better on the SynMat. I attribute it to the vertical baffles and th...

In GEAR » Sleep comfort: Neoair Alternative?
October 04, 6:05pm

FWIW, my wife uses a 15F rated WM Apache MF and she miraculously manages to not get too warm in it even in the summer. We were out last month with a night time temp around 55F and she had it all zi...

In GEAR » Help Me Decide!
October 04, 2:32pm

Second Bag
I can't wade into the specifics of those bags, but I'll offer a few comments on strategy. A 20F bag isn't going to work in a lot more situations than a 20F quilt does. It may be nice...

In GEAR » Help Me Decide!
October 04, 6:20am

Goosefeet down pants are awesome for hanging around camp. I like to keep them protected by wearing them under some shell pants around camp. They're virtually always much too warm for wearing on...

October 01, 5:51am

Neat. The cuben groundsheet should be sewn in, so the redundant mesh can be eliminated.

In GEAR » Zpacks Duplex?
September 28, 9:45pm

You're right Dean. Uncoated is the way to go. Less chemicals in your food and lighter. In my experience (based on the 1.3L Evernew pot), the coating is moderately durable and only moderately...

In GEAR » best lightweight alcohol stove
September 27, 8:12am

Alcohol stoves
You want an Evernew 900ml Pot (ECA422), Sidewinder Tri-Ti Caldera Cone and Starlyte stove, all from Trail Designs.

In GEAR » best lightweight alcohol stove
September 27, 6:17am

Quasar Pants
I also have no actual experience with these pants, but I'll chime in a few thoughts anyways. As I'm sure you know, these are heavy pants (13oz) so I assume you've got some winter use...

In GEAR » Anyone have any experience with Mountain Hardware Quasar Pants
September 27, 6:12am

Hexamid vs mid
The Hexamid is a neat shelter. Like most things, the right choice depends on your intended use. The beauty of a 'mid is the simplicity. Four stakes in a rectangle plus a pole in the middle and ...

In GEAR » Cuben Solomid Features
September 25, 3:05pm

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