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Tough Call
I'm still mulling this decision over. My current 1.5L hard anodized aluminum MSR pot/lid/lifter weighs 303g (10.7 oz) and an Evernew 1.3L Ti setup would weigh just 130g (4.6oz) which is a lot o...

In GEAR » Non-Stick Ti Pots - Worth the weight?
September 03, 8:18pm

Quilts are going to compress smaller than bags...I dunno if you're open to these. The less warm GoLite quilts (ie. the new 40F quilt) use high fill power down and compress rediculously small.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Smallest compressed sleeping bag setup?
September 03, 3:48pm

Royal Blue / Charcoal
There's a bit of a glitch on the Montbell website right now, but the men's parka is also available in a color called 'RB/CB' or 'Royal Blue / Charcoal Black'. The code RB/CB...

In GEAR » Updated Mont-Bell UL Down Jacket
September 03, 3:46pm

Another 0.7g
Ha Ha....just you guys wait until I go at the fly. I'm going to dip it in acid to remove the waterproofing, thus saving several grams. On wet nights I'll just wear my rain gear to bed and s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
September 03, 1:12am

I'll post up for sure. I've ordered a Olive Green Medium and it should be here in 5-10 business days...hopefully I'll get it late next week. I'm up in Canada so it takes longer. ...

In GEAR » Puffy Top Layer (Down Jackets)
September 03, 1:02am

Re: inner parka
te-wa: "the fit of the Montbell parka is odd.. i have a 38" chest and a 30" waist and the parka is just plain box-shaped. no taper, and no drawstring or elastic at the waist. the hoo...

In GEAR » Puffy Top Layer (Down Jackets)
September 03, 12:20am

Re: Down sweater
Rich: "You could get the First Ascent Downlight sweater. it weighs only 9oz and it's $160." From their website, the Downlight sweater weighs 13.4oz.

In GEAR » Puffy Top Layer (Down Jackets)
September 03, 12:17am

Foam on top
Why should the foam go on top? I have a RidgeRest and a NeoAir. While I normally use the NeoAir, I would bring the RidgeRest for winter trips. I've always pictured myself putting the RidgeRest ...

In GEAR » Cumulative R Values
September 02, 11:03pm

I think you add them together (2.2 + 2.6 = 4.8) but it might be multiplication (2.2 x 2.6 = 5.72)

In GEAR » Cumulative R Values
September 02, 10:50pm

I set up my CR2 inside today to see what weight could be trimmed. I observed 6 fabric loops inside the tent that run along underneath the main pole. These loops have no apparent purpose but I do fi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
September 02, 10:06pm

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