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I'll try to explain it.....the frame is essentially as you describe it. There's two straight rods going up from where the hipbelt wings attach to the pack, and then there is a curved arch p...

In GEAR » ULA Catalyst
June 02, 12:24am

Nice scoop.

In Gear Deals » 30% off @ Golite
June 01, 5:32pm

Re: RE: UL backpack
"Check out the Sea To Summit silnylon backpack. 2.7 oz. or something like that for 20L." +1 These are great. They pack down super small (fist sized or less) and the weight is unbeat...

In GEAR » UL packable backpack
June 01, 2:40pm

Re: How do you define ultralight?
"I plan on carrying things like full rain gear (jacket & pants), tent (tarp tent), and sleeping bag (vs. a quilt). That some people might not consider ultralight..." It can be amaz...

In GEAR » How do you define ultralight?
June 01, 1:47am

Refuge X
The Refuge X does have a weak areas in the design, as can be expected since it was the first tent to use this material. One weak point is the use of a stretchy material (nylon) for the reinforce...

In GEAR » Are cuben fiber packs and tarps holding up?
May 31, 5:18pm

I think Katabatic is really new. I'm not sure if anyone has a Palisade yet. They sure look nice.

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear?
May 31, 4:46pm

Re: Re: Catalyst
so if I like the size of the Jam but want a frame, I should probably go with either the Circuit or the Ohm?" Yeah one of those or the Gossamer Gear Gorilla. That pack is a bit smaller thoug...

In GEAR » ULA Catalyst
May 31, 12:10pm

If you're not in a hurry, the locking tips are $2 ea from Fibraplex, but if you're confident that the nails will be strong enough then you may as well do that since it's quicker and che...

In Make Your Own Gear » Homemade light-weight tent pole. Any ideas?
May 31, 1:58am

The steel bars look pretty thick. I doubt the weight is in the same ballpark as the Zia one. I just use green or wet wood when I want to cook over a campfire. It weighs nothing and you don't...

In Multiple Use Gear » Cheap alternative to the zia fabrications ti grill?
May 31, 1:54am

Wow.....that looks like a lot of condensation considering you even had the door open. It's hard to get more ventilation that that. Maybe leave the blue camp chair at home and use that weight to...

In GEAR » ultralight tent decision???
May 31, 1:47am

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