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2 person cooking
My wife and I use a similar setup (sidewinder cone) but with a 1.3L pot. In my opinion, this pot size is really the minimum for two person cooking. The next size up (1.9L) would be a lot nicer to u...

In GEAR » best 2 person stove system for CDT?
January 25, 9:24am

Interesting stuff on the Cerium SL. Sounds nice. Is Arcteryx gonna stop using synth insulation in select "vulnerable" areas of their down jackets and just switch to DriDown? It's n...

In GEAR » Fall 2014 Arcteryx Sneak Peak
January 24, 8:42pm

Most of the Zebralights are actually available with only a modest delay. Zebralight endeavours - albeit poorly - to keep their lights in stock. When they are out of stock, or "backordered&...

In GEAR » Zebralight
January 24, 8:40pm

A lot of people, including me, like 'Mids. They've been used on some major coastal packrafting trips (ie. Hig & Erin). Mids tend to provide a lot of protected space and they're e...

In Packrafting » Favorite shelter system for coastal+beach packrafting?
January 23, 9:20pm

Lake Superior
Great stuff Ike. Winter is the best along the Superior. Here's a few pictures from this past spring:

In Editor's Roundtable » Into the Gray
January 23, 9:16pm

Is BD going to make some seriously light down jackets?

January 23, 9:08pm

If nothing else...
If nothing else, a "camel" approach saves weight in water containers. I don't think anyone is suggesting drinking 3 liters, but by being willing to chug back a liter if needed one can...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is the weight of water that you've already drunk that much different from the weight of carried water?
January 23, 9:01pm

OR 2014
Thanks for the info. Very cool stuff.

January 23, 7:42pm

Water Capacity
That sounds like almost 5 liters, not 7 (2 x 1.4L + 2 x 1L = 4.8L). I'm starting on the PCT around the same time and I'm planning on 10L capacity for my wife and I (4 x 2L platy + 2 x 1L...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water Capacity for 2014 April 16th Thru Hike
January 20, 6:55pm

Big 4
Pad: Exped SynMat UL7 - 16oz, $120 Shelter: MLD Cuben DuoMid + Solo Inner - 23oz, $400 (Used) Bag: Zpacks 30F Quilt - 14oz, $335 Pack: ULA Ohm - 23oz, $175 Total: 4.75lbs, $1030

In GEAR » What's your big four weigh/cost? Me- 2 lbs 8.4 oz/$773
January 20, 5:24pm

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