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So I finally got my new scale and weighed my CR2. As background, MSR claims: Minimum Weight: 1270g Packaged Weight: 1490g On my scale, I weighed the entire package at 1499g. That breaks d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
July 30, 11:49pm

Re: Re: Touching
The single door hasn't been a problem. Sure 2 doors would be nice, but it's not really necessary. When you are getting ready for bed, it's very easy to let the other person past. It'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
July 30, 11:23pm

I got my new scale in the mail last night so I could finally evalutate my modifications. The accuracy of the scale is appearing very good, despite being only $3 on eBay. A bunch of my gear that I w...

In GEAR » GoLite Jam2 Functionality Question
July 30, 11:46am

Re: re: GPS Recommendations
Jamie: "I have a theory about distance traveled and GPS's. IIRC there are 2 commons ways measure distance. The first is true straight line distance. The second is horizontal distance. When...

In GEAR » GPS Recommendations
July 28, 2:18am

A little sketchy, but you could ship this tent out as the one you are selling on eBay, and then keep the other one :)

In GEAR » Should I Be Concerned?
July 28, 2:13am

Yes I got 8 stakes with mine. I'm sure. BPL also got 8 stakes with theirs that Will used for the BPL review. In one of the photos in the review it shows the stakes are there are 8 of them.

In GEAR » Should I Be Concerned?
July 28, 2:12am

I really dig the GoLite LiteSpeed pack. It's intended for adventure racing. It's really quick to open because it has a zip instead of a roll top. You can access stuff deep down in your bag ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Adventure Racing Pack
July 26, 11:46pm

Contacts vs. Glasses
I wear contacts about 95% of the time but I've pretty much given up on them for backpacking. I just use my glasses and don't bring the case. I hang them from a loop in the tent at night. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Contact Lens Solutions
July 26, 11:45pm

6-7 day hike in BC that allows dogs??
My wife and I want to do a longer hike in late October but I'm having a hard time finding a good trail in the area. We live in Whistler, BC. My wife really wants to bring our dog (and I gues...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 6-7 day hike in BC that allows dogs??
July 26, 11:40pm

I realize it's meant to be used as part of the larger kit, but what does stuff like AquaMira do that this doesn't? What is in the water? Viruses, bacteria and cysts? And this only kills vir...

In GEAR » MSR SweetWater Drops
July 26, 5:52pm

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