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Dan Durston (dandydan) - BPL Premium Member

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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Bottom Stops
Thanks for all the help. So it sounds like if I install a continuous zipper and use a bottom stop then I will be able to disconnect the zipper at the bottom and flap the door open. In another w...

In Make Your Own Gear » Waterproof/Resistant Zips
April 19, 10:51am

4.4 lbs
4.4 lbs EDIT: Hmm....the site now says 13.8oz. I'm not sure what I was looking at originally.

In GEAR » FYI: Blizzard Survival Bag...
April 19, 12:08am

I've always been cozy in Algonquin in my 30F rated bag. A 40F one should be fine too.

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag / Quilt Suggestions for Summer in Algonquin
April 18, 11:04pm

Re: WP zips
"I am puzzled why you think you need a separating zipper, as on a full zip jacket, to open the door on a tent fly." I'm just learning all the zipper terminology so hopefully I say ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Waterproof/Resistant Zips
April 18, 10:25pm

Re: Re: LT4's
Doug - If mine break, I'll buy another pair in a heartbeat. Wouldn't you just use your backup pair? :)

In GEAR » The sadness of a a broken LT4
April 18, 9:09pm

My sewing skills are quite rudimentary too, but I'm going to bond/tape everything except the zippers so there won't be much sewing. Everything (guyout points, reinforcement areas etc) is go...

In Make Your Own Gear » Waterproof/Resistant Zips
April 18, 2:43pm

Interesting info about Silnet & SeamGrip. I just glued a few scraps a cuben together with both to test out tomorrow.

In Make Your Own Gear » Added hanging loops to BPL Nano tarp
April 18, 2:36pm

Nice looks great. So you used 'Silnet'? I'm surprised that a product intended for silicone impregnated fabrics would work well but I don't know much about bonding cube...

In Make Your Own Gear » Added hanging loops to BPL Nano tarp
April 18, 2:29pm

I've got a medium Essence....I got it on eBay for $60 or so a few months ago. You just gotta keep looking :) With that said, the Essence isn't that much greater than the Mica. Instead of...

In Make Your Own Gear » Hacking a Mica Jacket?
April 18, 12:43am

Lighter than Sil
To my knowledge, the only fabrics lighter than 1.1oz silnylon (which weighs 1.3-1.4oz once the silicone is added) are spinnakker and cuben. Spinnaker is okay but kinda noisy and not that strong. Cu...

In Make Your Own Gear » Lighter than sil-nylon, yet durable material?
April 18, 12:07am

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