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Marmot sells the Essence and Mica jackets which are basically the same thing but the Mica has two hip pockets and the Essence has pit zips and 1 chest pocket instead. Compared to the Triumph Anorak...

In GEAR » Current Favorite Very Lightweight Rain Jackets?
January 14, 12:23am

Ex Light
I guess we'll get an update on the loft of the Ex-Light next week when Will's BPL review on that jacket is released.

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Hardwear Nitrous Jacket Review
January 13, 3:07pm

My understanding is that the Mica and Essence are basically the same jackets with just different features, so yes they should fit the same. With the Essence you get pit zips and 1 breast pocket, wh...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Marmot Mica, Arcteryx Alpha SL, OR Zealot, Patagonia Houdini, or North Face Diad
January 13, 1:15pm

I just noticed your earlier post. Yes the Elektra is still hanging out in my gear closet. The only problem is that I'm in Canada so shipping would be a bit more. I would probably cost me $15 to...

In Gear Swap » The Orphan Trekking Pole Thread
January 13, 12:15pm

Here's a new Marmot Essence (same jkt as Mica but with pit zips, chest pkt but no hand pkts) in size medium for $95 or best offer:

In Gear Swap » WTB: Marmot Mica, Arcteryx Alpha SL, OR Zealot, Patagonia Houdini, or North Face Diad
January 13, 11:26am

Re: rain gear
i was always under the impression that true rain gear is to be used for rain gear only, as the membranes that keep the water beading up are pretty fragile. therefor i like my 4 oz windshirt to wear...

In GEAR » Value of a windshirt?
January 12, 10:33pm

With a 14 lbs baseweight, you're only going to be able to use a frameless pack on fairly short trips (ie. 1-3 days) and still be comfortable. With a frameless pack you only want to exceed a tot...

In GEAR » "need" a new pack
January 12, 9:14am

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

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