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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Re: Value of substantial suspension
"Would 20lbs with UL suspension be any more comfortable than 22lbs with world class suspension? Too close to call?" IMO, the 'comfort' of a pack is an overrated factor that is ...

In GEAR » Value of substantial suspension
May 24, 11:30pm

He's got another tread in the G Spot section with pictures up.

In Gear Deals » Cuben Hammock "Beta Test Models" For Sale
May 21, 9:49am

To actually remove (ie. un-sew) the waist belt you'd need to crack open the major seams along sides of the back and maybe the bottom seam too. It would be a lot of work. You're probably bes...

In Make Your Own Gear » modifying a golite jam2
May 21, 9:47am

Cheakamus Lake
It's at Cheakamus Lake, which is just outside Whistler, BC, Canada. I live in Whistler, so it was just 7km (4 miles) up the highway + 7km (4 miles) up a logging road to the trailhead. Then it w...

In Post-Trip Reports » 1.5 days + Fishing Pole + No Food or Water = ???
May 21, 9:42am

I was using a 5', 4 piece Quantam rod with a small Quantam reel which combine to be 7-8oz. I picked it up on eBay for $29 Buy It Now and they're still available:

In Post-Trip Reports » 1.5 days + Fishing Pole + No Food or Water = ???
May 21, 9:36am

1.5 days + Fishing Pole + No Food or Water = ???
I set out yesterday for a 1.5 day trip to have a little fun learning how well thing go when you rely on just a fishing rod. To be honest, I did sneak a little food into one of my hipbelt pockets. I...

In Post-Trip Reports » 1.5 days + Fishing Pole + No Food or Water = ???
May 21, 3:03am

n/m - moved to trip reports
n/m - moved to trip reports Link:

In Fishing » 1.5 days + Fishing Pole + No Food or Water = ???
May 21, 2:45am

Re: Re: What do you throw in at the last minute?
"I start with a "master" gear list that includes every gear piece I own. I do all my thinking as I methodically delete stuff that I won't need. I then print out the result and pa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you throw in at the last minute?
May 21, 2:13am

GI 2
I use Patagonia GI 2 hiking pants which weigh about 11.5oz with a built in belt. They can be easily modified to 10oz depending on what features you want to keep. They have been super durable for me...

May 21, 2:04am

Good Info
Thanks for sharing this. This is good info that benefits the community. I wonder if 'high bias' cuben with additional spectra threads at +/- 45 degrees (in addition to 0 and 90 degrees) wou...

In GEAR » Cuben Fiber Hammocks
May 21, 1:27am

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