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

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

Shelters are tough to choose. There's so many variables for a good shelter that there's almost always going to be aspects you like and dislike. I was going to write a darn long post about s...

In GEAR » Oh no, not another damn what tent thread
August 16, 1:20pm

Foam Pad
In general, an inflatable pad seems a lot more comfortable for a side sleepers hips than a foam pad. That's certainly my experience. IMO, using a foam pad is a skill in that you need to pay mor...

In GEAR » Switching to a foam pad?
August 15, 6:50am

Zpacks bag
Cool stuff. It's going to be great. Wide is the right call if you want the viable option of zipping it up.

In GEAR » Zpacks sleeping bag sizing, reg or wide? EE vs...
August 14, 3:29am

IT Band
Back in the 2012 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open I hiked through a lot of IT band pain. I could hardly bend my leg on day 2 and hobbled 24 miles in 16hrs. The next day after some rest and quite a bit ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » recovery from IT band pain? JMT in 1 week...
August 13, 9:11pm

Zpacks bags
The regular width Zpacks bag - when used as a quilt - is pretty wide. I'm a hair under 6'0 and 165 lbs and I find the width to be right on. I can sleep on my side with the quilt fully wrapp...

In GEAR » Zpacks sleeping bag sizing, reg or wide? EE vs...
August 10, 6:32am

Locus Gear
Yeah the Locus Gear CP2 FL (flick lock) poles are great. Compared to the GG LT4's you add an ounce or so, but you get poles that pack smaller (being 3 piece), are stiffer and the flick locks ar...

In GEAR » What are the best UL Treckking Poles?
August 09, 6:16pm

The stakes are a bummer - less stable and added complexity. In theory you can use them for your shelter but I never do because I often want to cook when my shelter is set up. At the very least,...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Starlyte stove
August 06, 1:37pm

If it's your only quilt, I'd go 20F. I use a 30F quilt, but I also have a winter bag I can use in the colder fringe seasons. If it's more of a 2-season quilt and you're willing to w...

In GEAR » Help with chooosing a 3 season quilt
August 05, 8:38pm

Excellent stuff. For some silly reason I'd never tried a Starlyte in my 1.3L Evernew pot + Sidewinder cone. I ditched the stakes and tossed in a regular Starlyte and got similar performance as ...

In GEAR » The Starlyte & The 12-10
August 03, 2:35pm

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