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Dan Durston (dandydan) - BPL Premium Member

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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Re: Fill in the Blanks
Wow this thread is a bit daunting with all those goes nothing: Tent: Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Sleeping Bags: I dunno....if you got the coin get Western Mountaineering down ba...

In Gear Lists » Fill in the Blanks
August 28, 4:36am

I'm not sure if you're referring to bladders that you'd use with a hose, or just a bladder type bottle like the platyBottle from Platypus. I use the platyBottle and quite like it. It...

In GEAR » Hydration Bags Vs Water Bottles
August 28, 4:22am

Re: Dymo Scales
Yeah it looks like a good scale. I've found my $3.99 scale to be extremely accurate (to the gram) so I'm sure this scale with a $50 MSRP is quite accurate too. From the discription, it appe...

In GEAR » Dymo Scales
August 28, 4:19am

Have you considered something like Lite My Fire's Spork? The spork weighs 10g vs. 16g and you get the fork and knife (sorta) it's super cheap. On the downside it doesn't fol...

In Gear Swap » WTB: FireLite SUL Folding Titanium Spoon
August 27, 3:51pm

Re: map & compass?
I did intentional drop the compass because I figured I don't need it for trips on well established trails.....I would bring it for longer more remote trips. I don't know if I'm going...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
August 27, 10:32am

Realistically under 10lbs
My goal for my gear list right now is to get my gear list to sub 10lbs while being more realistic. I will normally want to bring my tent body (instead of just using it in fly/footprint mode) and pe...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
August 27, 1:21am

The Arcteryx packs are nice but super heavy. The smallest Naos (45L) weighs 4lbs, 3oz. That goes up to 6lbs 8oz for the largest size (85L).

In GEAR » Waterproof Backpacks
August 27, 1:00am

Re: now these are light :)
Mike, Those 1g stakes are wild. I believe BPL said they were totally unusable. I think some Ti stakes around 5g could be good though. The problem is price.....Ti stakes seem to be around $20 for...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
August 26, 11:28pm

Re: MSR Carbon Reflex 2
David: "why the footprint? Just use Polyco. Is it to set it up fly only? If so, I think you might find it remarkably unstable in that format. You have taken off guylines but do you not ever...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
August 26, 11:24pm

Neat looks extremely warm. Any chance of getting one more aimed at 3 season use? Something about 1/2 as thick with 1/2 the down could be an extremely compelling product. It should be ...

In Gear Deals » Cuben Fiber Down Air Pad
August 26, 7:09pm

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