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JMT Record Attempt
Wow. Looks like he just took his second night sleep a dozen miles early, rather than adding an extra snooze. He's pretty much right on record pace at this point, although his intended splits fo...

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » JMT speed record attempt
July 13, 10:18pm

MLD Core
Nice pack. I could go for one of those. I wish they'd use waterproof fabric but there's something nostalgic about 210D

In GEAR » Mountain Laurel Designs Core ready for ordering
July 13, 6:49pm

You can add OpenCycleMap as a layer on I like CalTopo because it has a lot of abilities, similar to but you can save maps for future editing. With CalTopo you ca...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Open Cycle Map desktop route planning?
July 13, 11:33am

JMT Record Attempt
Cool stuff. Thanks for the easy to understand updates Adam W. Much appreciated. Looks like he has a shot at it, since as far as I understand he can be up to 3 hours off his splits while still br...

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » JMT speed record attempt
July 12, 10:15pm

You can make the GravityWorks a lot lighter (and cheaper). All you really need is the filter cartridge, which you can buy separately for $50. Then you need to rig up a way to connect it to two wate...

In GEAR » Firing Sawyer
July 07, 8:41am

Cascadia Pack
Follow up pack to the Strathcona: Cascadia Pack

In Make Your Own Gear » Strathcona Pack
July 05, 6:03pm

I'm a Quest Outfitters guy. Good selection, good service and cheap shipping.

In GEAR » where to purchase micro/tiny sized plastic cordlock, cord ends, buckles, ladder buckles?
July 05, 11:01am

Montrail Shoes
The Masochist is way more durable than the Bajada. My wife has been using the women's versions of these shoes and she got 400-500 miles on the Bajada's, while she's near 1000 miles on h...

In GEAR » Montrail Shoes
July 04, 12:14am

Gear damage
The mesh tears won't spread too much. I have a pack with that mesh and tons of holes for years, and they haven't really grown. If you only use this pocket for bigger stuff (i.e. clothes) th...

In GEAR » Gear damage - suggestions please
July 03, 12:40am

Muir & Marshall
Nice read. Good job Chase.

In Editor's Roundtable » John Muir and Robert Marshall: Actions and Ideologies
July 01, 12:27am

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