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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

Thanks guys....I didn't realize that dryer lint was used so early in the fire making process to get that first bit of flame. My (ignorant) assumption was that it would be more like a traditiona...

In Philosophy & Technique » Dryer Lint
October 08, 12:42pm

The Pinnacle packs down to a pretty small volume with the side compression straps and comPACKtor system. You don't want stuff loose in the pack, but I think you can avoid that with these featur...

In GEAR » Golite Pinnacle
October 07, 6:26pm

I got my 'digital pocket scale' on eBay for $5. It weighs to 0.1g and up to 2000g (4.4lbs). I love it. I can easily take it with me when I go gear shopping. Yes this is the kinda crack addi...

In GEAR » BPL Scale
October 07, 6:23pm

Dryer Lint
I've read that Dryer Lint makes a good fire starter. I think Sam said this in his fire starting video a couple months back and other have repeated this on the forums. Last night I hauled out...

In Philosophy & Technique » Dryer Lint
October 07, 6:20pm

My wife has the Jam in a medium and I've tried that on. I use a men's medium Jam. I could use my wife's Jam in a pinch, but it's definately a bit too small. I wouldn't use it fo...

In GEAR » Golite Pinnacle
October 07, 6:05pm

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