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Dan Durston (dandydan) - BPL Premium Member

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Cuben Tents
It's going to be interesting to watch the cuben tent scene develop over the next few years. I'm hoping for a 2 man cuben tent like the SMD Refuge X but with a bathtub floor.

In GEAR » GVP Practical Backpacing Podcast - 11 oz. Cuben Tent
November 28, 11:33pm

Are these the latest version with the ankle zips? Or the older lighter version without?

In Gear Swap » Golite Reed Pants
November 28, 11:29pm

This is pretty much the cutting edge of lightweight dry sacks: They are 17-19g (2/3oz) for a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Best material for MYOG dry bag
November 27, 12:57am

Jam vs. Prophet
I owned a 2009 Jam until recently and now I've got a MLD Revelation. My understanding is that the Revelation and Prophets have the same physical dimensions. The main pocket seems about 25% smal...

In GEAR » 2010 MLD Prophet(s)
November 26, 11:38pm

It's nice to see what Granite Gear and cubic tech have been able to do with the vividness of colors of this fabric....especially the orange. I realize they're still faint, but it's a hu...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Uber Light CTF3 Dry Sack
November 26, 8:31pm

You've correctly summarized the differences. I have the regular bottles rather than the 'plus' ones because I don't have a need for the hang loop and I haven't had problems with...

In GEAR » Platypus plusBottle VS. Original Platy Bottle?
November 26, 8:23pm

I figured I'd add a pic:

In Gear Swap » FS: MSR Carbon Reflex 2
November 21, 5:45pm

Re: It works as a counterbalance
"weight it also on the front, which makes the weight negligible, as it works as a counter balance." If only it was this easy :)

In Gear Deals » Biomechanics - Packs
November 21, 10:05am

Ha....I thought about you when I was posting this up. I actually still really like the tent. I'm just at the point now where carrying 3 lbs for a tent might be too much. My current gearlist is ...

In Gear Swap » FS: MSR Carbon Reflex 2
November 20, 11:39pm

FS: MSR Carbon Reflex 2
I'm considering selling my MSR Carbon Reflex 2 tent. The tent is in excellent shape. It was purchased earlier this summer and has been used a total of 6-8 nights. Retail is $500 plus $35 for...

In Gear Swap » FS: MSR Carbon Reflex 2
November 20, 11:13pm

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