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Re: Thanks
"I'm now looking all over for the montbell ul jacket" I'm 5'11", 165lbs and I like my medium. I do like my clothes quite fitted though. Some similarly sized people are w...

In Gear Lists » Birthday Money
November 03, 10:30pm

I'm curious about the 1.5" spacing of the horizontal quilting/baffles that you see in a lot of these down jackets (Rab, Patagonia, Mtn Hardware, North Face etc). It seems to me that th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Rab Microlight Jacket Review
November 03, 8:09pm

I went up one size over my normal shoe size (8). You gotta wiggle 'em on but it's not a huge pain. Just takes 10 seconds or so per foot. I could probably get my shoe size on, but it would l...

In GEAR » Rocky Goretex socks
November 03, 5:50pm

Re: Birthday Money
Here's my initial thoughts: I would replace the REI Helix jkt with a Montbell U.L. Down Inner Jacket. The Montbell retails for $165 but you can probably find one online for ~$140 with free s...

In Gear Lists » Birthday Money
November 03, 12:15am

I've got a pair of these. I don't use them much, but I did bring them on one trip where a buddy wore them for 3 days of hiking through snow/slush/water and they kept his feet dry. They are ...

In GEAR » Rocky Goretex socks
November 02, 6:20pm

Camera Case
How heavy is that camera case? I have the same camera as you and as I recall it weighs about 4.5oz loaded with a card and battery. Since yours weighs 8.1oz with the case, you must have a heavy case...

In Gear Lists » Going from 15 to 10
November 02, 5:26pm


In Gear Swap » FS: 2009 New Version MLD Revalation backpack
November 02, 10:26am

Nice Job
Nice Job. That was a good read.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cottage manufacturers - interviewed
November 02, 12:15am

Re: Re: 10oz
"That's just not ULAs style. Thankfully." It's not? The late ULA Amp is almost exactly what I'm describing. The Amp was 10.6oz, 2600 cu inch and a hybrid between DyneemaX a...

In GEAR » ULA New Owner interviewed!
November 01, 11:16pm

I think I know where all this is going:

In Philosophy & Technique » UL Sustainable, Materials and Methods
November 01, 10:52pm

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 five stars because it's quality construct...

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
I'll be the first one to give this jacket 5 stars. 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 t...

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