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I've used the MEC Kelvin Summer Pad which is a user inflatable design like the NeoAir. It's 3.5" thick. I find the NeoAir loses a similar portion of air.

In GEAR » Some Neo Air Issues to Vent
October 16, 9:14pm

Golite Peak (coming out in Feb)? GG Gorilla?

In GEAR » multi-night pack
October 16, 9:10pm

My point is simply that other brands make sweet packs too, which Joe indicates is not the case. I disagree with the assertion that other brands are not capable of balancing weight, durability and c...

In GEAR » ULA Open!
October 16, 1:04pm

I just shake out as much water as I can and then leave mine sitting out for a few days on the counter while the rest evaporates. If you are in a hurry, you could somehow secure a small towel to a s...

In GEAR » Drying out a Platy
October 16, 12:35am

Re: Weight increase mentioned in annual update
"His packs are the best combination of light weight, durability, and weight-carrying capacity. With packs from other makers, choose two of those three." This seems highly debatable. I&...

In GEAR » ULA Open!
October 15, 6:36pm

Isn't the Ohm 21oz? That's a big difference. If I were you, I'd be considering the Ohm vs. the Gorilla. The Gorilla is more versatile since the frame, waist belt and sternum strap ar...

In GEAR » Ohm vs. MariposaPlus
October 15, 4:57pm

I noticed the same weight discrepincy with the Ohm. On the packs overview page it lists it at 21oz, but when you go to order it lists the weight as 24oz minimum.

In GEAR » ULA Open!
October 15, 1:20pm

Re: Re: I'm gonna be "that guy"...
> It's 10 degrees out. You have your 30 degree quilt... > Uhhhh I could be wrong but all that added up probably > weighs more than a 10 degree down bag a 10 degree quilt would be ...

In GEAR » Call to quilt users
October 15, 12:55am

Eddie Bauer
It's nice to see Eddie Bauer starting to make some real gear again, although most of it is too heavy for my tastes. I was reading the First Ascent catalog last week and there was a lot of hype ...

In GEAR » First Ascent Jackets
October 15, 12:39am

This pack seems to be quite nice. I like how versatile it is, although I would likely use it WITHOUT the frame most of the time. I was a bit surprised to read that Will would use this WITH the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear Gorilla Backpack Review
October 15, 12:30am

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