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If it's windy enough to need a windshirt, then I just toss on my rain jkt and I unzip it as needed to get adequate ventilation. If it's not windy then I've got plenty of other layers...

In GEAR » Value of a windshirt?
January 11, 6:03pm

BG, you're right that the MB Down Inner isn't intended for bushwacking...hence the inner name. I should have said that I'm not seeking changes to MB's jacket, but rather I should ha...

In GEAR » Weight vs longevity
January 10, 8:42pm

Cost Per Ounce
Looking at the offerings from MLD (Mids, Tarps) and SMD (Refuge), it seems that opting for cuben costs about $15 per ounce saved from SMD and $50 per ounce saved from MLD. Spending $50 per ounce...

In GEAR » Cuben contrail
January 09, 6:18pm

One piece of gear that I wish was a bit more durable is my Montbell UL Down Inner jkt. I don't mind really light fabrics for stuff like sleeping bags and tents, but jackets seem to see a lot of...

In GEAR » Weight vs longevity
January 09, 1:42pm

After seeing them in action, I'm definitely in need of a pair.

In GEAR » Backpacking Light UL Hammer Pant size chart?
January 08, 8:15pm

The cuben version of the old SMD Refuge tent (16oz) shaved 11oz off the silnylon version (27oz) which IMO is a significant amount of weight. That's about 1/2 day worth of food.

In GEAR » Cuben contrail
January 08, 7:42am

I believe Henry mentioned that he's not interested in cuben at this point because it would be too expensive of an investment. I think he should explore cuben, but I can understand how it would ...

In GEAR » Cuben contrail
January 07, 7:40pm

Dry Sacks
The Zpacks sacks are nice, but not they're not dry sacks like he's looking for.

In GEAR » Lightest Dry Sacks for very small items?
January 06, 10:27pm

I've been happy with the Vargo 8g Ti shepards hook stakes from Ultralight designs for $2.95 each: I used to have 6g Ti she...

In GEAR » Titanium Tent Stakes
January 06, 10:25pm

CF Poles
My last tent had them (MSR Carbon Reflex 2) and they seemed great. No issues at all. For a 3 season tent I'd rather go lighter still and have a tent that sets up with trekking poles.

In GEAR » Carbon Fiber Tent Poles
January 06, 10:12am

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