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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Thanks. I'm in the market for a pad but I'm a quilt user. I like the design of this pad from a comfort stand point, but I don't see a practical way of keeping myself warm on cold ground...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Inertia O Zone sleeping pad
January 07, 6:17pm

Why not buy a new band and replace it yourself?

In GEAR » Best ABC watch for off trail travels
January 07, 5:24pm

Klymit O Zone
How does the comfort compare to the NeoAir Xlite?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Inertia O Zone sleeping pad
January 07, 5:23pm

My use of them has been pretty scattered so it's hard to give a number, but they seem to last on average for 20-30 days before something goes wrong. Usually something fails around the closure, ...

In GEAR » Durability of OPsacks?
January 07, 2:32pm

That NewTrent TravelPak Plus is really cool. I'll keep it in mind.

In GEAR » Battery charger pack specs comparison!
January 06, 7:16pm

This the gauge for the SF Flathead. You can view historical data to get a sense of what it's normally like around the time you're going, as well as what it's like in high and low years....

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
January 06, 7:12pm

Wow that's a lot of research. Nice effort. It would be great to have a power pack that charges from the wall (rather than USB) so on a thru hike I could use the power pack to replenish a dev...

In GEAR » Battery charger pack specs comparison!
January 06, 1:30pm

Pertex Shield+
To be clearer than my earlier post, water was substantially leaking through intact Pertex Shield+ membrane in my pants prior to it bubbling. It does bubble off, but it also somehow ceases to be wat...

In GEAR » 2014 Rain Shell Advice (SOTM maybe?)
January 05, 9:06pm

I think you really gotta keep it concise or it stops being a helpful as a definition. A new hiker doesn't want to read a paragraph of details, they just want to know that UL is roughly 10lbs (o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I say let's decide on a general consensus of Ultralight definitions and terms.
January 05, 2:25pm

Nice list. - Montane makes some rain pants (Minimus, 4oz) that are lighter than the GoLite's if you don't want something robust. - Zebralight makes really nice headlamps (ie. H52) tha...

In Gear Lists » PCT 2014 NOBO Gear List
January 05, 8:14am

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