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Thanks that was really helpful. Wow, the MB U.L. Down inner is much warmer than both the MEC jacket and the MB Thermawraps. Good to know.

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
September 01, 6:31pm

Yeah alcohol is really expensive in Canada. It's also regulated at a provincial level, so even though you can buy 94% alcohol in Quebec you still probably can't out on the West Coast. Quebe...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Ethanol
September 01, 11:50am

Re: Re: Thermawrap (jacket vs parka)
Chris: "The jacket uses 50g insulation where the parka adds the hood and uses 80g insulation." Thanks, this is great to know. That makes a lot of sense. Anyone know how the warmth o...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
September 01, 11:26am

I'm currently scouting the web for a MontBell U.L. Down Inner parka as that seems to be a great piece for 90% of trips. The WM Flash Jacket looks really nice too but it's a lot more expensi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » mid-layer struggles
September 01, 11:21am

E J, Have you weighed this parka? That would settle the confusion I mentioned above about the jacket being spec'd at 8.8oz and the parka at 12.8oz. I am a size medium and I'd consider th...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
September 01, 12:31am

I had a look at the UL Thermawrap Parka. I like how they've used less shiny and 'quieter' shell material, but the 12.8oz weight is a deal killer. Oh I just had a look at the jacket a...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
September 01, 12:22am

MEC Uplink To Be Returned
I've decided to return my Uplink Jacket to MEC. Ultimately it just isn't warm enough for 3 season use. You can hardly tell there's any insualtion in it. I don't think it's much ...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
August 31, 11:20pm

I've made a few more nice moves since my last gear list was posted. I returned the MEC Uplink jacket (9oz) for the lighter, warmer and hooded MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka (7.5oz). I'v...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
August 31, 11:07pm

Thanks for all the advice and experiences. It's very helpful. Pancakes are a tough meal to do in any pot....or even a frying pan, when camping. I had some while camping a few weeks ago and t...

In GEAR » Non-Stick Ti Pots - Worth the weight?
August 31, 11:01pm

Small Women
I'd be interested in hearing a small women's experience with the Jam packs. My wife is fairly small (5'6", 120lbs) so it seems that the hipbelt padding for her will be long enough....

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
August 31, 10:58pm

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