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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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side pockets
Sorta, they do fit but a bit of effort is required when the pack is full because the elastic at the top isn't very stretchy. It's a bit of a pain to do with one hand while hiking. Howeve...

In GEAR » GoLite Jam2 vs. GoLite LiteSpeed w/o Frame
August 16, 1:09am

Re: Help buying a new pack.
Rich: "I know the Jam 2 can hold said bottles, but I don't like the fact that some reviews mentioned the outside pocket almost becomes useless if the pack is stuffed." With the upd...

In GEAR » Help buying a new pack.
August 16, 1:05am

Re: Alpinlite Super
Dewey: "I joined MEC not long after it was founded and I have used a fair bit of their "house brand" gear, quite a lot of which was mediocre in design-quality compared with WM, ID an...

In GEAR » 20 degree bag vs. 30 degree bag for 3 season use
August 14, 8:20pm

Tim, If you are going to spend some money, the MEC Merlin -3 C bag is a great way to go. You can replace that 3lbs bag with one that weighs just 1.5lbs (690g, 24oz) and compresses way smaller. I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
August 13, 11:54pm

Re: 20 degree bag vs. 30 degree bag for 3 season use
For the conditions you describe, I'd want a bag that is warm down to an honest 28-30F. So this would probably be a 30F bag if it is indeed good to 30F, but if you are cold sleeper or the bag is...

In GEAR » 20 degree bag vs. 30 degree bag for 3 season use
August 13, 11:43pm

Re: contd
Tim, At 12oz your compression bag is an awfully heavy solution for waterproofing. As mentioned a garbage bag will work for about 90% less weight. If you really want a waterproof sack, MEC has so...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
August 13, 10:28pm

Re: Re: Re: Quilts, quilts, quilts
Lynn: "I have never (since my first down bag in the 70s) owned a bag that has more down on one side than the other, so it's a moot point to me. A continuous baffled bag is identical to a q...

In GEAR » Quilts, quilts, quilts
August 13, 7:27pm

Re: Quilts, quilts, quilts
The first 'quilt fanatacism' quote is mine although I hardly feel it is 'fanatacism'. I was simply mentioning one thing I like about my quilt vs a traditional bag. Since Lynn br...

In GEAR » Quilts, quilts, quilts
August 13, 6:53pm

Mike, Thanks a LOT for your advice. I really appreciate it. It sounds like this will work out well (barring non-stop rain). I will keep those camp site recommendations in mind as I continue to r...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
August 13, 1:42pm

Yeah c) is the way to go. I use a Jam pack with a NeoAir and roughly use the c) method. The whole idea when you are packing the pack is to avoid lumps in the back area and pack the whole thing t...

In GEAR » Frameless without a pad?
August 13, 11:14am

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