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Dan Durston (dandydan) - BPL Premium Member

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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Re: Spring/Summer/Fall All-arounder in the southern Appalachians
1) Isn't the Gossamer Gear Gorilla pack ~23oz rather than 37oz like you have listed? 2) Your clothing could use an overhaul. Look at lighter pants like the BPL Thorofare pants (4oz vs. 14oz...

In Gear Lists » Spring/Summer/Fall All-arounder in the southern Appalachians
February 08, 6:32pm

Pillow
I got two pillows from Bender. One is the regular 70 denier pillow shown on his website (for my wife) and the other is a lighter 30 denier version of this pillow. The 30 denier pillow weighs just 2...

In GEAR » Anyone use Kooka Bay sleeping pads?
February 08, 4:50pm

Hexamid
From the specification on Zpacks website, just the cuben for the Hexamid weighs 2.65oz, which works out to about 4.5 square yards of cuben. Cuben is sold in rolls that are 1.5 yards wide. At a pric...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Hexamid?
February 07, 12:06am

OR
Here's a pretty cool 16oz 2/3 sleeping bag from the show (2nd item down) that is rated to 15 F: http://gearjunkie.com/outdoor-retailer-show-products-2010 http://www.brooks-range.com/Store...

In GEAR » Is BPL going to the Outdoor Retailer Market?
February 06, 11:05am

5000
I think it's fine to use 5000. 4759 is pretty darn close and I'm sure the actual milage will end up being even closer to 5000.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists
February 05, 11:42pm

Trekking Poles
I wonder if needing a 31-32" trekking pole for the rear pole will be a problem for many? Users of fixed length poles will be out of luck. GG LT4 poles shorten to 33" which may or may not ...

In GEAR » Joe Valesko of Zpack's new Joe Valesko of Zpack's newZPacks™ "Hexamid" Twin Tent or Tarp
February 05, 11:09pm

Hexamid
The green tinted cuben is looking good. I'm still not a fan of the floor though. A 30D bathtub silnylon floor would be big appeal to me.

In GEAR » Joe Valesko of Zpack's new Joe Valesko of Zpack's newZPacks™ "Hexamid" Twin Tent or Tarp
February 05, 9:13pm

14 hours
I'm glad I ordered LT4's last week from GG so I avoided the embarrassment of being 14 hours late to this thread.

In Gear Swap » FS: Gossamer Gear LT4's !!!!!!!!!!!
February 04, 2:55am

Poncho Tarp
I've said it before, but the 2010 GoLite Poncho Tarp is alive and significantly lighter than ever. This is a great piece of gear for the UL/SUL hiker. It's sad to lose others (ie. Reed pant...

In GEAR » Golite 2010 site up now take a look
February 04, 2:51am

DWR
Nikwax is a waxed based DWR. It works pretty good but it only lasts about 1/2 as long as a synthetic based DWR like most others (ie. Grangers). In general, I prefer the spray on DWR's and th...

In GEAR » Refurbishing DWR on Jacket
February 02, 10:31am

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 five stars because it's quality construct...

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
I'll be the first one to give this jacket 5 stars. 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 t...

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