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Down Vest
Summer is when your pack is the lightest anyways, so consider if you should put the money into improving part of your kit that shaves weight across the board, rather than when you need the savings ...

In GEAR » lightweight fleece hoodie or really light down parka
February 28, 10:27pm

Wet. September was wet when I was on the JDF and I'm pretty sure that's normal. It won't be that cold, but don't count on easy fires because the forest is often soaked so you ha...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Jdf/wct question
February 28, 4:03pm

I wouldn't worry about a baselayer being too light/cool. Too hot sucks, but too cool and you always just toss another layer on, such as a windshirt. I'm thru hiking the PCT this year. I&...

In GEAR » Base layer recommendations for PCT thru
February 28, 11:43am

The Montbell Mirage looks outstanding, and it sounds like you have good justification to buy one. Use this warm puffy around camp and at rest breaks on the trail (on cool days). Pair that up with p...

In GEAR » Warm hiker, cold camper layering question
February 27, 7:37pm

Derrick, I've been using an H51 (regular version) for about 2 years now, and I recently bought my wife the H52w (neutral white) so I've played with that a bit. I like it better but it...

In GEAR » Headlamp recommendations
February 27, 6:20pm

+1 on Zebralight H52 You can get it in "flood" (H52F) or regular (H52) which is still fairly floody and a good choice. And you can get it in "cool white" (brightest) or "...

In GEAR » Headlamp recommendations
February 27, 9:49am

PCT Shelter
I like shelters that are simple to set up, which is a big part of why I like mids (ie. MLD Duomid). You could grab a 400-600g pyramid shelter that sets up with a single pole and 4 stakes, and then ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » What PCT shelter for a European two-skin tent camper..?
February 24, 6:39am

Mids 4 Two
DuoMid for 2 is awfully small - especially with an inner net tent. I haven't tried it, but I have a DuoMid and I know my wife wouldn't be impressed if I brought it along for the two of us. ...

In GEAR » HMG Ultramid & MLD Duomid: Couple's use?
February 23, 9:17pm

Good discussion guys. Yeah I'm out of the loop right now on boots. I've been east for 2 years so I've fallen behind. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll do lots of research before I...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
February 23, 11:17am

Skis & Fishscales
Thanks a lot Ryan, I appreciate it. It sounds like the negatives are directly related to the increase in drag. I'll keep an eye on this, and I'll likely test anything before I buy. I...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
February 22, 1:14pm

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