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Dan Durston (dandydan) - BPL Premium Member

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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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"...proper rain flaps...are held down by velcro." You can certainly argue that a robust rain flap has some protective value - and I agree they do add some function - but it's not t...

In GEAR » HMG UltaMid 2 first impression and pics
August 20, 8:40pm

"The point I was trying to make is that the fact that ULA does not pre-shape their suspension stays even the slightest bit is a big downside for me personally." Are you sure this is tr...

In GEAR » Anyone else slightly underwhelmed by ULA packs? [crickets chirping]
August 19, 8:55pm

ULA Packs
Wow long post. 1) The stays/framesheet in my Catalyst are certainly pre-shaped. They fit well. 2) The squeaky Ohm suspension that Ken mentions pre-dates the current ownership 3) I've been ...

In GEAR » Anyone else slightly underwhelmed by ULA packs? [crickets chirping]
August 19, 6:45am

Cuben Mids
Cuben is a sandwich with plastic (mylar) outer layers and the tough "spectra" strands in between. These spectra strands are what really makes it strong. The 0.74oz cuben uses the same pl...

In GEAR » Cuben Mid Question
August 19, 6:38am

I'm not sure how they're actually intended to function, but since these bags go inside of the inflated raft, they wouldn't need to be fully inflated unless you were counting on them to ...

In Packrafting » Alpacka Cargo Fly drybag inflation - moisture management question
August 18, 7:54pm

Shaped vs. Rectangular
If I could just have one, it would be a shaped tarp (ie. a mid) because they're so simple and quick to pitch. At the end of a long hard day I often don't feel like fiddling with a tarp that...

In GEAR » Rectangular vs Shaped Cuben Tarps
August 18, 7:48pm

Thanks for the info on coy-wolves B & B. The importance of "top down" (predator) ecosystem regulation is something we're just starting to appreciate - about a century after wiping...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » polar bears
August 18, 4:54pm

"They've decided to cull the moose population (habitat damage from overgrazing)" Sounds like there is a lack of predators, resulting in an uncontrolled herbivore population (much l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » polar bears
August 18, 1:30pm

Have you looking at Westcombs 9oz Focus LT? It's eVent (2.5L) and offers some nice features (ie. long torso). Mountain Hardwear's "Dry Q Elite" material is also eVent. They buy...

In GEAR » eVent vs. Neoshell Jacket (Specter LT vs. Westcomb Shift LT. ?)
August 18, 1:10pm

Thanks for posting that up. Nice to get a good look at this shelter.

In GEAR » MLD Speedmid initial impressions
August 18, 9:51am

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