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I made some more modifications to my imitation Caldera Cone. By improving the ventilation, I was able to boil a pint on 17.6g of methanol vs. 19.6g before. That's a nice drop but it's still...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove Math
September 19, 11:59pm

Rum Runner
Those Rum Runner bottles do look good and they are cheaper. The problem is that I'm in Canada and so the shipping is usually a deal breaker. On small stuff I'm better off just to buy whatev...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
September 19, 11:17am

Re: Fleece still rules, sometimes
"I don't like high loft synthetic insulation while active (down is even worse). It doesn't breathe well, the face fabric feels clammy, it holds a lot of humidity inside and the insulat...

In GEAR » Perfect Fleece???
September 19, 11:13am

Frank, what do your silnylon bags weigh? I might be interested. Right now I'm just using a sandwich sized Ziplock bag for my stakes which works well. I don't know if it's durable eno...

In GEAR » Silnylon Stake bags?
September 19, 11:09am

I do have 2 platyBottles on my gear list....notice that the qty is 2. Do you still think this is too low? I almost never camp away from water. I could replace one of them with a larger bottle but t...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
September 18, 9:13pm

What Size?
What size are you looking for? The Ion is 25 L and the Jam is at 38L the new Peak is smack dab in the middle. The Peak also has a removable waistbelt and since the waistbelt has pockets ...

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
September 18, 6:36pm

Re: Golite and Osprey
"if golite ever makes a cross between the Jam and Ion I will be first to order one." Like the new GoLite Peak?

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
September 18, 4:49pm

Golite Gear
I've ordered a medium womens GoLite Jam for my wife....should be here in a week or two. I'll update then. John, have you had bad experiences with GoLite? I've used GoLite quite a bit...

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
September 18, 4:14pm

I'm a bit does one 'unit' get the buyer a piece of cuben that is 54" wide and one yard (36") in length? Or does it get you one square yard of cuben, which would...

In Make Your Own Gear » Combined order for green cuben - Anybody want some?
September 18, 4:02pm

You're making me want to buy another cookset for my solo trips. My current cookset is aimed at being able to cook more traditional foods with the FeatherFire alcohol stove (which can simmer) a...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
September 18, 12:41pm

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