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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Keeping the drafts (aka 'good ventilation) in mind is important. Especially when you are camping with someone who may have a lower discomfort tolerance than you and/or when you are camping in c...

In GEAR » Lookin for a light tent, questions about single wall
April 03, 3:20pm

Kookabay may make you a lighter denier version of that pillow so that it weights just 0.9oz. I just spent 2 nights on mine and it was great. I was surprised how well I slept on it. UL products t...

In GEAR » Bemoaning UL products not available any more
April 03, 3:16pm

Montbell has some good deals at their clearance website. They don't have the 'parka' but they do have the regular jacket ($101), the vest and the 1/2 sleeve jacket. You need to call to ...

In Gear Deals » MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka - Know of any deals?
March 29, 9:49pm

WTB: Western Mountaineering Flash Pants
I'm looking to buy some WM Flash pants in a medium (for myself) or an XS (for my wife). As a Canadian it's pretty much impossible for me to buy these since USA retailers aren't allowed ...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Western Mountaineering Flash Pants
March 29, 9:19pm

Re: Ontario Early April List
"Philip, we're leaning towards the Highland Trail. Trail info for the Western Uplands indicates a flood-prone area (April specifically) right by the trailhead, and says 'be prepared to...

In Gear Lists » Ontario Early April List
March 29, 8:31pm

Re: Dan D
"Is that your sewing machine in the background? How mod!" Ha Ha...yeah. It's my $25 sewing machine that only does the basic straight stitch and it doesn't even do that very well,...

In GEAR » photos of your packed tent / tarp ?
March 28, 12:30am

Refuge X
Here's my 2 person Refuge X lightly stuffed into it's 12" x 6" stuff sack. Beside it is my MYOG silnylon footprint for it that doubles as a solo usage tarp.

In GEAR » photos of your packed tent / tarp ?
March 27, 11:03pm

Heel Strike
I just got my FiveFingers a couple days ago and I instantly switched away from heel striking when I run in these. It just happens naturally because heel striking is too harsh in bare feet and minim...

In GEAR » Vibram Five Fingers??
March 27, 10:51pm

Cuben vs. Sil
I haven't used my cuben Refuge X very much yet (I only got it 2 months ago or so) so my experience is quite limited. My early impressions are that even if weight was equal, I would prefer cuben...

In GEAR » Six Moon Designs 2-person Haven
March 27, 12:51am

DR vs. Haven
Sorry to break up all the orange but my inner gear geek can't stay away from threads involving cuben and tents. The Haven is spec'd at 36oz vs. 40oz for the TT DR, but I imagine the DR w...

In GEAR » Six Moon Designs 2-person Haven
March 26, 7:46pm

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