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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Cuben Hybrid vs. Dimension Polyant
Regarding Cuben Hybrid vs. Dimension Polyant, I could be wrong, but I think the key differences are: 1) Cuben Hybrid uses spectra fibers bonded between the woven and waterproof (plastic) layers,...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
April 07, 2:14pm

Morena to Campo
The bus seems like a non-glamorous but nice reliable method. I'd probably go with that just to avoid unpredictability. You want bus 894 westbound, which leaves Lake Morena at 6:42am and only ru...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Lake Morena to Southern terminus ride suggestions
April 07, 2:02pm

Waterproof packs are the way to go. None of this sorta waterproof ephemeral PU coating stuff, but an honestly waterproof fabric like hybrid cuben or the dimension polyant materials. I wish all pack...

In GEAR » wow moment (pack cover)
April 05, 3:27pm

"I'd recommend getting a reservation for a campsite (which is mandatory), reserving a spot on the Zion Adventure Co shuttle to Chamberlain Ranch (not cheap, but well run), and using a pair...

In GEAR » What footwear for The Narrows Zion?
April 03, 8:48am

3-4 days is good for the JDF. Start late in the day at the south end and walk in a few miles to Mystic Beach. Then camp on Bear and Chin beaches the next two nights. I'd skip camping at Sombrio...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Vancouver Island BPLers?
April 02, 6:45pm

The Wedge
Yeah 7.07 lbs and that doesn't include a pump. You can add one here for 2 lbs:

In GEAR » The Wedge (A new Tent)
March 24, 9:15am

Go for the Yak over the Alpacka. I'm 5'11" and the Yak is barely big enough. If I was buying again I'd put some thought into a Denali Ilama. A few extra ounces is well spent for a ...

In Packrafting » Packrafting Question
March 23, 3:50pm

Pukaskwa Coastal Trail
Jeff, We left Oiseau Bay around 9am and then we got into Hattie Cove around 7pm. So that's 10 hours and we were stopped for at least an hour for lunch b/c we got a bit mixed up on the beach ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Pukaskwa: 160kms Around the Outside via Foot & Raft
March 13, 11:19am

"I'm planning on a sub-60 hour finish, which will take a lot (lot) more effort than 52 hours did last year." Wow. It gets me stoked just thinking about pulling sub 60 hrs off. I'...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2014 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open: Marias Pass to Monture Creek
March 05, 9:32am

First Ascent
First Ascent/Eddie Bauer makes their Downlight parka in a tall option. It's similar or a bit less warm than the MB Alpine Light and the usually have great end of season sales.

In GEAR » Looking for a new winter jacket
March 03, 5:36pm

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