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The weather is looking so-so for this trip currently. Weather network is calling for highs around 10 C (50F ?) and 2 days of rain mid trip with sun on the first and last two days. I hope my tarp...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
October 11, 12:51pm

Shorter Cut
One thing I've come to appreciate about the shorter cut of these Montbell jkts is that it doesn't hang out the bottom of my outer shell layer. If it's raining, I don't want my down ...

In GEAR » Updated Mont-Bell UL Down Jacket
October 11, 12:45pm

FYI, has the NeoAir for $145 Canadian, which is about $135 USD but you do need to buy a $5 membership too.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Neoair Regular
October 10, 11:47am

My View
I love the NeoAir. Compared to the Prolite (which is more fair comparison), it's more comfortable, lighter, warmer and packs way smaller. The NeoAir wins in all the important catagories, except...

In GEAR » Any consensus yet on NeoAir vs. ProLite Plus?
October 10, 11:39am

The GG Gorilla is an interesting looking pack. It might be too small (2800 cu in) if you are worried the Ohm is too small (3500 cu in) but perhaps you could use the Gorilla as a summer pack. The...

In GEAR » GoLite 2009 Jam2 changes
October 10, 12:35am

Less weight, more distance
This is nothing radical, but one of my main motivations in dropping more weight is so that I can go on longer trips (ie. carry more food) for the same starting pack weight. A year ago my base we...

In GEAR » Have we hit the point of diminishing gains?
October 09, 5:18pm

Regarding wetting through, why not just apply a new DWR to the jacket so it wets out much slower? Regarding availability, I think both the Mica and Essence are from Marmot's summer line. So ...

In GEAR » Marmot Mica Vs Essence
October 09, 11:06am

I would like to get a copy of that guide book. In the past, I've found that guidebooks can enrich a hike because you notice stuff you wouldn't have appreciated otherwise. I'll keep an e...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
October 08, 6:48pm

You're on the right track with these jkts. Both look to be a very nice piece of equipment. I was checking out the Mica and the womens version (Crystalline) in a local store. I'm using DriDu...

In GEAR » Marmot Mica Vs Essence
October 08, 6:42pm

Auto Shut Off
Tim, My 'digital pocket scale' does automatically shut off after a few minutes (about 3 minutes), but when you turn it back on it goes to the same mode it was on so you don't need to...

In GEAR » BPL Scale
October 08, 12:58pm

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