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UL Gear list
Very nice list. Here's a few comments.... 1) I find using a hair elastic easier and lighter than using a bag for my sleeping pad. The regular NeoAir is the perfect size to use with one hair ...

In Gear Lists » 2010 UL Gear List
December 30, 9:43pm

Marmot claims 6.0oz or 170g for their women's version (crystalline) which presumably is for a medium. My wife has this jkt in a size small and it weights 5.7oz or 162g, so I would say the claim...

In GEAR » Curious about Marmot Mica/Crystalline
December 30, 4:19pm

Gear List
How does your Jam2 weigh 9.6oz? These packs are 20-25oz from GoLite. Did you do some impressive chopping? You've got a pound between your gloves and mittens. This seems excessive. Since you&...

In Gear Lists » Winter Walking G-List
December 30, 12:28am

Re: Re: Pros and cons of this neoair setup please
"I'm a roller and found it to be ok when on my side (especially if you sleep in the fetal position) but painful on my back and stomach. It could be a height/leg length issue but the small ...

In GEAR » Pros and cons of this neoair setup please
December 30, 12:13am

My 2009 Picks: 1) BPL Thorofare Pants - At 3.95oz they are radically lighter than anything else I've hiked it, yet they are durable and comfortable. After putting in a stronger waist band el...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 30, 12:00am

It's sold. Thanks for your interest.

In Gear Swap » Oware Cattarp 2 Grey
December 29, 10:01am

I bought a regular NeoAir about 6 months ago and spent about 5-10 nights on it. I then sold it and bought the Small NeoAir which I now have 2 nights on using the backpad from my pack (part of a GG ...

In GEAR » Pros and cons of this neoair setup please
December 29, 12:03am

Wow this thread is a relic....over 3 years since the last post. BTW: Welcome to BPL PatagoniaCommunity

In GEAR » Patagonia Spraymaster?
December 28, 10:20pm

BPL's position statement just deals with the single layer loft needed on top of you, so they ignore the down beneath you. Accordingly, BPL's position statement treats a 2.2" lofting...

In GEAR » Help me with a new sleep system
December 27, 4:41pm

Ultra 20
Don't count the Ultra 20 out too quickly. Accordingly to the BPL statement on temperature ratings, you need an estimated 2.2" of single layer loft to have a 20F rating. As you can see in t...

In GEAR » Help me with a new sleep system
December 27, 4:08pm

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