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Tip 2
Another tip is to get all that gear that you never use out of the way. I have a huge stuff sack full of gear that I'm almost never ever going to use (ie. the 3 lbs flashlight I got for a presen...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tips on reducing time taken preparing/packing
September 16, 1:31am

One strategy that is working well for me is to have camping specific items as much as I can.....items like toothpaste, toothbrush etc. By having a specific toothbrush for hiking, you can keep it...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tips on reducing time taken preparing/packing
September 16, 1:26am

Wow you're turning over a lot of gear.

In Gear Swap » FS: Therm-a-Rest Prolite 4 Regular w/sack
September 16, 1:12am

Serious Winter Tents
I think what Roger is saying is that any serious winter tent needs to be staked to work properly. So while the tents you guys have mentioned are free standing, you would want to stake them down if ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » AL dude moving to ID: General Questions
September 16, 12:40am

More Boiling
I couldn't resist playing with the's such a neat stove. I boiled 2 more pints tonight. I wanted to see how my stove would fare without a windscreen in dead calm weather, so...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove Math
September 16, 12:32am

Jam Sizing
I ordered a small womens Jam for my wife who is 5'6" and 125lbs. It arrived yesterday but unfortunately it is too small despite my wife's torso being right in the middle of the recomme...

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
September 16, 12:24am

A few more thoughts
I've had this new parka for a few days now and I'd have some time to get to know it a bit better now that I've been wearing it everywhere. Some observations: 1) The new fabric is ...

In GEAR » Updated Mont-Bell UL Down Jacket
September 15, 10:51pm

Gonna be a week
The testing is on hold for a bit because I'm waiting for my new 1.3L Evernew Ti pot to arrive. I don't want to spend hours making all sorts of windscreens and a caldera cone for my current ...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove Math
September 15, 10:44pm

Jam2 Fit
Here is a photo of me wearing my Jam. As a reminder, I am 5'11 between and 6'0" and this morning I weighed 158 lbs in the buff. I used to weigh about 170 lbs before I moved to Whistler...

In GEAR » 2009 Jam v.s. 2008 Jam
September 15, 12:38am

I'll load mine up and check this out tonight. I'm at work now :)

In GEAR » 2009 Jam v.s. 2008 Jam
September 14, 3:04pm

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