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Dan Durston (dandydan) - BPL Forum Member

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Apex Extreme
I didn't realize the battery pack on the Apex Extreme was a remote pack. That makes a lot more sense. One challenge with using 4 batteries in the Extreme (even if it does technically work) i...

In GEAR » need a headlamp
December 08, 12:26am

I've got the regular version of the Apex and I've generally been happy with it. It's a really nice light although I generally don't take it backpacking due to the weight. The Apex P...

In GEAR » need a headlamp
December 07, 5:44pm

Golite 1+ Season
One option to mull over is Golite's new 2010 1+ Season quilt. The quilt is set to be released in another 2 months or so. I believe it's rated to 40F and it's 19oz. That may be a bit war...

In GEAR » Summer quilt
December 07, 3:36pm

Re: Heavy noob list
"I know I could spend a good $2000 or more and have all the clothes and stuff you all have..." Be careful with this viewpoint. With the exception of down sleeping bags, UL gear is gene...

In Gear Lists » Heavy noob list
December 06, 11:14pm

It would be neat to try a trip like this. Taking 4-5 days worth of food for a 7 day trip would be an interesting experiment that wouldn't have dire consequences if you got totally skunked. O...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking and hunting
December 06, 10:19pm

WTB -> Gossamer Gear LT4 Trekking Poles
I'm looking to buy some GG LT4 trekking poles. Regular version preferred.

In Gear Swap » WTB -> Gossamer Gear LT4 Trekking Poles
December 06, 9:37pm

1) NeoAir Small - Just 9oz for a good nights sleep is amazing (when combined with the back pad from my pack under my feet). 2) GoLite Ultra 20 - Warm to ~25F, surprisingly easy to use, cheap, ju...

In GEAR » Your best gear of 2009
December 06, 9:16pm

Well it's not insulated, so not very cold. It's just nylon with polyurethane and then mesh netting inside. It really is just a rain jkt. Maybe 45F is the lowest temp you could wear this in ...

In GEAR » Helly Hanson Seattle-Firsthand Experience?
December 06, 8:43pm

Seattle Packable Jkt
I don't own this jkt, but I did work in a Helly Hansen retail store until recently so I'm familar with it. The Seattle Packable Jacket (SPJ) is a 2 layer jkt so it's going to be heavier...

In GEAR » Helly Hanson Seattle-Firsthand Experience?
December 06, 8:16pm

My experiences
In my limited experience I find: < 30 lbs = Tolerable < 25 lbs = No worries < 20 lbs = Nice to carry < 15 lbs = Giggling down the trail Obviously this varies a lot depending on...

In GEAR » Frameless Pack Carry Weight
December 05, 10:31pm

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