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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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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

Fall Hiking
I'm still debating between the WCT and JDF trails for this fall. What I like about the JDF trail is: - We can take our dog (my wife really wants this) - No reservation fees (how much are ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
August 13, 12:55am

Re: Gear List
Tim, You might wanna leave some stuff behind to save weight. For example: - a 1 lbs first aid kit seems excessive - a 12oz compression sack is heavy. Leave it behind

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
August 13, 12:52am

Just so potential buyers hear both sides, I'm a similar size as Tae (5'11, 165lbs) but I have no trouble with gaps opening up between the quilt and pad. That was actually one of two things ...

In GEAR » GoLite Ultra 20 (brief review)
August 13, 12:43am

Nice Jacket
Nice Jacket, I just don't know where I'm going to get $260 from. Time to break the the piggy bank.

In Editor's Roundtable » Western Mountaineering Hooded Flash Jacket Review
August 12, 11:53am

fuel economy
it's good to know real world fuel economy may significantly vary from this.

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove Math
August 11, 9:56am

fuel calculator
Wow thanks for the great link Ashley! That link is perfect. It compares a pocket rocket to an alcohol stove...exactly the info I was trying to find. It sounds like my previous post was generally ri...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove Math
August 11, 12:54am

Fuel Weights
According to an another article on, the Pocket Rocket averages 0.24oz of canister fuel per pint boiled (based on heating water from 60F to 210F). That corresponds to 6.8g of fuel use...

In GEAR » Alcohol Stove Math
August 10, 11:23pm

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