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Ultra 20
The Ultra 20 should have plenty of loft for the conditions you describe. I've used mine many times in colder conditions than that including a recent night in a large snow cave that was below fr...

In Philosophy & Technique » I cant stay warm in my Golite Ultra 20
February 19, 12:39am

I emailed GG back in December with shipping questions about an order I wanted to place. I never did hear back from GG despite waiting several weeks. I ended up just using a less than ideal shipping...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where is everyone at Gossamer Gear?
February 19, 12:33am

You might want to look at some lighter stakes if yours are really about 1/2oz each. There's lots of nice stakes in the 1/4-1/3oz range. This tent looks impressive as a 4-season tent for sub-...

In GEAR » New BD Nano Shield FirstLight Tent
February 18, 11:08pm

RR Deluxe
If you're going to put the Ridgerest and 1/8" Thinlight next to each other, you may as well just bring a RidgeRest Deluxe which is the same thickness. Then you have less sliding around to ...

In GEAR » Neoair + Ridgerest + 1/8'' "Thinlight" ... Warmth?
February 17, 12:37am

I would probably just toss a Ridgerest under the NeoAir and be done with it. While it's often said that it's more efficient to have the CCF on top of the NeoAir, I find that doing so feels ...

In GEAR » Neoair + Ridgerest + 1/8'' "Thinlight" ... Warmth?
February 16, 12:55pm

These pillows are baffled well so they have a nice flat surface to rest your head on, but it's still an inflatable pillow so it won't have the same feel as the feather pillow you use at hom...

In Gear Deals » Kooka Bay sub 1oz pillows BPL exclusive
February 16, 12:30am

Wow....0.74oz is awesome. Nice hat.

In Gear Deals » Black Rock Hat Available at TiGoat!
February 15, 6:08pm

I have one of these. It weighs 0.92oz on my scale. I can blow it up with one big breathe. The size of this thing rolled up is crazy. It's about as big as a chapstick. There's no better infl...

In Gear Deals » Kooka Bay sub 1oz pillows BPL exclusive
February 15, 6:06pm

If you're okay with using an inflatable pillow, the ones from Kookabay are great. Bender from Kookabay made me a pillow from 30D nylon (not silnylon) that weighs just 0.9oz for a 3.5" thic...

In Multiple Use Gear » silnylon stuff sacks
February 15, 5:55pm

FWIW, the Vamp is sorta the one person version of the Haven and the Vamp tarp is $180 and net tent is $145 ($325 total). I expect the Haven will come in 10-25% more expensive than this but that'...

In GEAR » Six Moon Designs 2-person Haven
February 15, 5:44pm

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