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Dan Durston (dandydan) - BPL Premium Member

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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Wall Charger
Thanks for the help guys. I'm reluctantly starting to conclude that I can buy a charger than is either lighter or faster, but not both. There are a lot of fast claims on chargers, but even ...

In GEAR » AA Wall Charger for a Thru-Hike
January 28, 8:46pm

UL Down Jacket
It's definately less warm than the Pata Down Jacket (in my subjective experience). It's a good June-August jacket but a little light for shoulder season use. For May and Sept-Oct you'll...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Down Jacket
January 28, 8:13pm

Very nice packs. Congrats on developing a promising product.

In GEAR » new SMD packs
January 28, 3:13pm

REI Tents
REI's doing some good stuff. The Quarterdome 2 and Dash 2 are both nice tents that compete well with substantially more expensive tents. The horizontal foot end strut on the Dash 2 is a good id...

In GEAR » New REI Quarter Dome Tents
January 28, 11:07am

Down Jacket
I'd be careful not to jump from one extreme to the other. The Ex-Light has 1.8oz of down, while Montbell's Mirage has 5.3oz as mentioned. That's a huge difference. If you're going t...

In GEAR » Recommendations for down jacket
January 27, 11:18pm

Rain gear is a tough one. I'm debating between bringing either a garbage bag or my rain jacket for SoCal. Regardless, I'll have my rain jacket, rain mitts and rain pants at Kennedy Meadows ...

In Gear Lists » Need help on a PCT gear list
January 27, 6:51pm

PCT List
- The Nano Puff seems a bit light as your only insulation layer. I'm carrying a Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody on the PCT this summer. - 3L of water capacity seems like too little for SoCa...

In Gear Lists » Need help on a PCT gear list
January 27, 6:09pm

A lot of people do it, but a closed cell pad like the Solite is a lot less comfortable and more bulky than an inflatable (ie. NeoAir). If you can afford it, and if you take care of your gear, then ...

In Gear Lists » PCT Gear List 2014
January 27, 5:45pm

AA Chargers.
For me, 2 x AA chargers are likely out because I can't wait 4.5 hours x 2 in a coffee shop. That little 48g Sanyo USB looks awesome, but it would be "stupid light" in my circumstance....

In GEAR » AA Wall Charger for a Thru-Hike
January 27, 6:10am

ULA makes the Epic and Catalyst, which are good packs. The Epic is a frame and it carries dry bags so it's good for keeping your stuff dry but it doesn't carry as well as regular internal f...

In GEAR » Any recommendations for internal frame backpack for packraft?
January 27, 5:43am

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