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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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I just did the survey....seems good. In my opinion, the pak-rifle clearly seems to fit within the mission of BPL. Those who are opposed to the pak-rifle review seem to be opposed because of a la...

In Philosophy & Technique » SURVEY: Ultralight Hunting at Backpacking Light
December 11, 11:32pm

I've always figured it was for padding. You may not notice a difference in comfort right away, but after 50 miles your feet may become sore. Don't know if this is true though....could just ...

In GEAR » Do I need insoles in my shoes?
December 11, 11:20pm

I think it looks great. I'm hoping that the 2 person Haven tent is just like this but wider. The trekking pole layout looks perfect for giving great headroom yet not blocking the doors. The ...

In GEAR » Waddaya think about the SMD Vamp?
December 11, 9:42pm

Andrew's post can be taken both ways, but I believe he is contemplating selling this system as an ongoing item on his website. So he's not selling his used equipment in this case. $50 se...

In Gear Swap » UL Fancy Feast Cat Can Stove System
December 11, 8:42pm

Using both could work well. I have nothing against this if the use of tent poles significantly improves the function of the tent beyond what can be accomplished with just trekking poles. Carbon ...

In GEAR » Cuben Tent Question?
December 11, 10:05am

Since you already have a website, just download some free forum software (ie. phpbb3) and upload it to your website. Probably at Then it's just a matter of se...

In GEAR » Ultralight living
December 11, 12:18am

Using 4 poles for a 2 person setup might be neat, but it would require that you buy extra poles if you ever want to use it with one person. I've got high hopes for SMD's new Haven double...

In GEAR » Cuben Tent Question?
December 10, 11:03pm

Eric...have you seen SMD's new Vamp? I'm really liking their trekking pole layout b/c it doesn't block the doors and it uses two poles to provide ample headroom and avoid having a pole ...

In GEAR » Cuben Tent Question?
December 09, 10:08pm

Re: My gear list
Suggestions: 1 - Switch to a mini Bic lighter(s) (save 0.4oz) 2 - Pinnacle seems pretty huge for what you're carrying. Something smaller and lighter like the MLD Exodus (15oz) would save ...

In Gear Lists » My gear list
December 09, 9:48pm

Trekking Poles
Trekking poles for sure. I really like the basic design/pole layout of SMD's new Vamp tent because it provides good headroom.

In GEAR » Cuben Tent Question?
December 09, 8:42pm

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