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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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I've got my Golite Jam all packed up now. I'm thrilled with how well everything fit in there. In addition to all my gear, I'm carrying the food for both of us for this 5 day trip an...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
October 18, 11:21pm

Re: Re: Canada
"Dan - What you may or may not know is that most US retailers ship UPS or Fedex not USPS due to amazing bulk discounts given by these couriers." Fair enough....that's good to know....

In GEAR » Online Gear Canada
October 18, 8:23pm

Yes the PlatyBottles were from Monod in Banff. The duty charges for most stuff coming in to Canada is the same as the same tax you pay locally. So here in BC, I pay 12% duty because the taxes in...

In GEAR » Online Gear Canada
October 18, 8:20pm

There aren't too many. I got some Platy Bottles out of a place in Banff but that's about it. What bothers me is that most USA online stores offer free shipping within the USA, but if you...

In GEAR » Online Gear Canada
October 18, 6:44pm

I know it's already been discussed, but that 6 lbs pack has got to go. Since it's in good shape, you can probably sell it and buy a lighter pack without spending any additional money. W...

In Gear Lists » Getting Back Into Backpacking - My Gear List
October 18, 3:36pm

Saving Weight
Keep in mind that buying a pot that is borderline too small is not a good way to save weight. The goal of saving weight is to make your outdoors experience more enjoyable. Saving 1 oz but having to...

In GEAR » Ti Pot: .6L or 1.3L?
October 18, 12:55pm

Perhaps it would be useful for people to mention what year/generation of Montbell jkts they are using. The older ones (ie. snap up) fit a full size smaller than the later generations like I'm u...

In GEAR » Montbell Alpine Light Down Parka
October 18, 11:36am

Wet Trip
It's looking like it's gonna be an awfully wet trip. They're calling for sun on Monday when we show up, but then rain for the next 4 days. I personally kinda like the rain because it...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
October 18, 11:15am

Nice idea. I just finished a 6g bubble-wrap case for my camera.

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape Camera Case
October 18, 10:37am

On hindsight, I would have: - Bought more 'cottage' gear ie. Tim Marshalls 11oz cuben/down quilt instead of my 19oz Golite Ultra 20 quilt. - Gone with a lighter (ie. cuben or Silnyl...

In GEAR » Starting from Scratch
October 18, 12:18am

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