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No Sack
FWIW, I don't use the sack with mine. I put my sleeping quilt and tent in my pack and then I just sandwich it in there between the two. This saves 1/2 oz and there doesn't seem to be a down...

In GEAR » Small NeoAir Stuff-Sack Problems
September 23, 6:21pm

1) You could shave off some weight by using down jackets instead of Primaloft ones. A Montbell E.X. Down Jkt is 5-6oz vs. 17oz. This is probably the biggest opportunity you have to save weight. If ...

In Gear Lists » Couples gear list
September 23, 6:17pm

Normally with a windscreen you want a gap of 1/4 - 1/2 inch. You want enough of a gap that the heat can flow up and heat the sides of the pot, but not so much of a gap that the heat escapes quickly...

In GEAR » Stoves-101 question
September 23, 5:54pm

2009 Jam
Not that it really helps here, but the 2009 Jam has the ability to connect the side compressions straps to each other around the back, so you can strap stuff like a rolled sleeping pad and probably...

In GEAR » Jam2 and bearikade expedition bear cannister
September 23, 2:28pm

More JDF Questions
Mike (or anyone), How is the water supply along this trail? I imagine there are creeks/rivers with freshwater quite frequently along the trail? And do all campsites have a supply of fresh water?

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
September 23, 1:30pm

Email sent

In Gear Swap » WTB: BPL Thorofare Pants (Med), Cuben Stuff Sacks, Wool Gloves
September 23, 11:40am

FWIW, I have the size medium in the latest version of this parka. I'm 5'11" and 160lbs and it fits me well. The sleeves are great and the torso has lots of room. The length of the jack...

In Gear Deals » Montbell UL Down Inner Parka 124.95
September 23, 11:36am

Really nice job. Epic photos.

In Editor's Roundtable » Photo Essay: A Traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness by Foot and Packraft
September 23, 11:29am

Purchased Pants
I have bought the pants, still looking for Cuben Sacks and wool gloves.

In Gear Swap » WTB: BPL Thorofare Pants (Med), Cuben Stuff Sacks, Wool Gloves
September 22, 6:02pm

Dog Packs
The Kelty Chuckwagon and Granite Gear Ruff Rider seem to be the best dog packs out there as far as I can find. I just ordered the Kelty today. The Granite Gear ones are a lot heavier....about 3lbs ...

In GEAR » Dogs & Gear/UL Backpacking
September 22, 6:01pm

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