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Lite Speed
Someone should scoop this up, the Lite-Speed pack is awesome. You can use it as an internally framed pack, or remove the frame and save about 8oz or so, thus giving you a light (2 lbs) frameless pa...

In Gear Swap » FS: GoLite Speed Pack
October 07, 5:20pm

If you went with the ULA Ohm, you'd kill 4 birds because it's lighter than the Jam too. Have you considered the Ohm?

In GEAR » GoLite 2009 Jam2 changes
October 07, 5:16pm

Another Question
I've got another JDF question. How does one get back to their car upon completing the trail? I realize there is the West Coast Trail bus, but that doesn't run at this time of year. I'm ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
October 07, 5:05pm

You raise a good point...there is some neat stuff going on with UL frames. I particularly like the packs with removable UL frames so you've got options. I am excited for next weeks review on...

In GEAR » Building Your Gear from Day One
October 07, 2:35pm

Re: "24: Fall Equinox in the Hyalite Cirque of Montana's Gallatin Mountains"
" down clothing or bag......." I was wondering about this too since I am a big down fan. It could be that Ryan Jordan is completely sold on synthetics, but my guess i...

In Editor's Roundtable » 24: Fall Equinox in the Hyalite Cirque of Montana's Gallatin Mountains
October 07, 11:56am

Impressive bit of guesswork there Chris. Looks like you know your stuff :)

In Editor's Roundtable » 24: Fall Equinox in the Hyalite Cirque of Montana's Gallatin Mountains
October 07, 11:54am

Amazing Pics
Amazing photos as usual Ryan....nice work! Great video too! Neat to see BPL is making a line of packs. Hopefully there is a cutting edge frameless pack on the menu :)

In Editor's Roundtable » 24: Fall Equinox in the Hyalite Cirque of Montana's Gallatin Mountains
October 06, 7:10pm

If you're serious about rethinking everything and counting every ounce, then I strongly suggest you go with a frameless pack, but as others have said, you can decide this later. If you make ...

In GEAR » Building Your Gear from Day One
October 06, 4:42pm

Go with a quilt. I'm a new quilt user and they are awesome. There is not a big compromise here but there is a good amount of weight to be saved. The Ultra 20 is a great choice. You'll want ...

In GEAR » Building Your Gear from Day One #2 - Sleep Bag
October 05, 11:00pm

Hmm...yes Front Country does seem to be pretty much out. I guess it was a popular sale. They do have some more options if you want the jacket instead of the parka. They have medium (gunmetal) an...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket vs. Extremely Light Jacket
October 05, 1:06am

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