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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Wmns Packs
It seems that there are two types of women hikers, there are outdoors women like Lynda and Mary who genuinely love to hike, even solo, and then there are women who are being dragged into the outdoo...

In GEAR » Frameless Pack for Women
October 03, 2:16pm

Re: Gauze Pad Replacement
"A $2 bandana would have been just the thing, but, I just replaced my cotton bandana with an MSR PackTowl, which seemed to be more useful than the cotton bandana, and is lighter." Funn...

In GEAR » Hello, glad to meet you - where's the underwear?
October 03, 1:47pm

I do have some wool gloves listed in my gear list which double as a way to hold my pot. My wife does not though....I should probably add some.

In Gear Lists » Juan De Fuca Gear List
October 03, 1:36pm

Have you considered the U.L. parka? The hood is quite handy to have, especially if you are a quilt user. With the parka, you can leave your beanie at home so there probably is no overall weight ...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket vs. Extremely Light Jacket
October 03, 2:59am

The EL jkt uses lighter fabric (7 denier vs. 15 denier) so it is slightly less durable but lighter. I believe the E.L. jkt is also cut a bit different. Supposedly the E.L. does not have a bit of ex...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Down Inner Jacket vs. Extremely Light Jacket
October 03, 2:54am

It shouldn't matter what camera you have for video editing on a Mac. You just need video editing software and then you can edit any camera's footage with that. iMovie is easy to use and wor...

In GEAR » ... So what camera do you carry?
October 02, 11:36am

Good suggestion regarding the foam pad. I will use the foam back pad out of my Jam pack for this purpose. I was going to leave this behind, but now that it has another use as well it makes more sen...

In Gear Lists » Juan De Fuca Gear List
October 02, 12:42am

Juan De Fuca Gear List
Here are my current gear lists for my wife and I for the Juan De Fuca trail, which we are doing in mid-October. I'd like to get feedback on areas like if we'll be warm enough and where we c...

In Gear Lists » Juan De Fuca Gear List
October 01, 10:28pm

MLD site
I've had trouble with the MLD site over the past month. Several times the store section has not worked and the rest of the site has been quite slow.

In GEAR » MLD website down?
October 01, 6:16pm

If you want to fry, grab yourself a FeatherFire alcohol stove by Packafeather. I have one, they work great. Just fry in a HAA pot (rather than ti) if you don't want to lug a frying pan along. ...

In GEAR » Cooking real food: a light stove for frying
October 01, 6:14pm

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