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Canon SD780's all about the Canon SD780 IS. For just 4.9oz you get the latest and greatest camera in the SD series. It has a viewfinder, image stabilization, it takes high definition video and it...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Camera for ultralight purposes
August 05, 12:01am

Still looking
My wife has decided she wants the version with the hipbelt pockets, so I'm still on the look out for one. If you have the 2009 model for sale please send me a PM. She kinda wants it in blue but...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Womens GoLite Jam
August 04, 11:52pm

2-3 is a normal R-value for 3 season camping, whereas I believe winter pads have R-values around 5-7. Some pads that have no insulation inside have R-values are 1 and they still okay for warm summe...

In GEAR » R-Value...
August 04, 4:57am

What should the weight goal be for one UL meal? Is 2lbs/day a good goal (for an average male)? Or should I aim for 1.5 lbs?

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » What is Ultra light Food?
August 03, 5:47pm

It looks like this meal doesn't provide a ton of calories. The pancakes seem to be around 300-400 calories and that rises by a few hundred more with the syrup depending on how much you slather ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Pancakes
August 03, 5:43pm

Re: GoLite Jam2 and scissors
@ Mike C: "I just cut 6 ounces off" Care to go into more detail? I imagine you cut out the hydration sleeve (1oz), removed the foam in the back (1oz), cuz the straps (1-2oz) and what e...

In GEAR » GoLite Jam2 Functionality Question
August 03, 5:41pm

Re: Re: Re: GoLite Jam2 and scissors
@ Michael: "I really don't understand all this hacking on a perfectly good pack, just the ways it is? Why not just purchase a lighter weight pack?" The Jam2 is starting to have a l...

In GEAR » GoLite Jam2 Functionality Question
August 03, 5:38pm

I think pancakes are a great meal idea for hiking trips. You can buy the mix that only requires water (watch out for the ones that require oil and egg). I'm making pancakes at home right now...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Pancakes
August 03, 12:51pm

Shaving Grams
I've done some modifications to my 2009 Jam and I figured I'd share the details. 1) I cut the stitching on the sides of the hydration bladder sleeve (with a sharp knife and razor blade) ...

In GEAR » GoLite 2009 Jam2 changes
August 02, 7:32pm

Further Mods
Today I weighed the piece the foam used in the backpanel at 34g (1.2oz). If you were sure you never want to use this, you could also cut out the sleeve it seems and probably shave off another ounce...

In GEAR » GoLite Jam2 Functionality Question
August 02, 7:22pm

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