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I use a SynMat, as I sleep better on it then an original generation NeoAir. However, I have more respect for the NeoAir design. Their reflective baffling is more thermally efficient than synthetic ...

In GEAR » Exped UL7 W versus NeoAir XTherm L
September 17, 3:15pm

My mistake. I was referring to the original Hexamid design and I didn't realize the SolPlex design added coverage.

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 16, 9:27am

I think DuoMid weight did creep up a little over the past few years, but Ron said recently they're a bit lighter again.

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 15, 6:52pm

Comparison (Hexamid/DuoMid)
I'm not sure why everyone is comparing the cuben SOLO Hexamid to a silnylon DuoMid. These shelters are mismatched in both capacity and fabric. Fair comparison: Hexamid DuoPlex Tarp: 9.3oz, ...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 15, 6:13pm

"It's the Duomid with *exactly* one tube of Silnet that came with it" A whole tube....Ouch. I bought a used sil DuoMid off of BPL gear swap 2 years ago and was disappointed to ...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 15, 6:06pm

"Someone else already mentioned this but one thing I don't like about pointy topped flys is that rain comes in when the door is unzipped." This is definitely true if you're put...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 14, 2:30pm

I'm sure MLD would use a #5 zip instead for a nominal charge if you'd prefer. I'd also recommend a silnylon floor over cuben and no groundsheet. A light (0.7oz) cuben floor is likely to...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 11, 4:38pm

Marc: With pliers, do I squeeze the slider vertically (ie. thinner like a pancake) or horizontally?

In GEAR » Failing #3 Zippers?
September 11, 8:54am

These are my subjective impressions after 5 years of buying from a lot of small brands: Professional Quality HMG (shelters) Katabatic Gear ULA Western Mountaineering GoLite Locus Gear ...

In GEAR » What manufacturers do you trust?
September 10, 10:04pm

To be clear, the zippers on the "fly" of my TT SS2 worked great the whole time, which are the main zips that one can easily overstress with a bad pitch. They are both #5 zips I believe. T...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
September 10, 9:52pm

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