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Re: Double Walled Tents
"All of this leads me to wonder whether the cottage tent makers might consider making a trekking pole supported double walled tent..." I'm pretty sure the upcoming 2 person SMD Hav...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent Review
December 16, 11:52pm

The only problem with AK4K (or really any of these names) is that a lot of this trip (roughly 1/3) is outside AK in the Yukon....not that I have a good suggestion that incorporates this....maybe AK...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists
December 16, 11:12pm

Re: What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists
I like: Alaskan Wilderness Epic (AWE) Alaska Four-Thousand (AK4K) - AK4K has a nice ring to it.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What's in a name? Alaska 2010 finalists
December 16, 10:44pm

The Look
For me it's the opposite. Given the same weight, I prefer to not look like a UL geek on the trail. I think some stuff is cool (ie. cuben packs) but a lot of stuff doesn't draw the kind of a...

In Philosophy & Technique » Weight vs 'The Look'
December 16, 8:49pm

Selling Out
Selling out probably isn't the right term, but what has happened at Golite is a shift in innovation. They may have not totally abandoned lightweight innovation, but they currently seem more foc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What happened to Golite?
December 16, 8:27pm

Soft bottles
That bite valve looks a lot easier to use than the push/pull caps I have now. That might be worth the extra half ounce. The actual bottle seems to be pretty much the same as their other bottles ...

In GEAR » Platy soft bottles
December 16, 8:00pm

Here's another vote for the Lite My Fire 'spork' which really isn't a spork at all, but rather a spoon and fork sharing a common handle. The plastic version is pretty much perfect e...

In GEAR » Spork or spoon?
December 16, 7:47pm

Regarding the MSR CR2 (which I have owned) versus the Fly Creek UL2, here are the key differences that I can tell: Fly Creek UL2 Advantages: - Significantly lighter trail weight (2.39lbs vs. 2...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent Review
December 16, 6:14pm

Re: Re
"I have not seen the 2P Haven. I have been checking the blog but have not seen anything yet. Do you have a link? It would be great to get it included." Unfortunately I don't have m...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent Review
December 16, 5:55pm

Re: still innovating
"I have to agree with Nick that the idea is sound- the fabrics, attention to detail, micro-seams, and athletic cuts all could be used to make wonderful business-style clothing." This d...

In GEAR » Arc'teryx now makes office clothes.
December 16, 12:21am

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