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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

Pegs and Footprint
Nice pegs. Perhaps you could take one MSR peg to create 'pilot holes' and then use the Ti stakes in those pre-created holes. I picked up the CR2 footprint yesterday. $35 seems like a goo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
August 26, 3:36pm

Uplink Review
So I visited MEC yesterday to check out the Uplink jacket. First up was checking the weights, I weighed the medium jacket at 265g and the large at 271g, so their claim of 274g is seemingly based on...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
August 26, 3:02pm

New Changes
I made a few changes yesterday to shave off weight. I found some chlorine tablets (1.7g for 10 litres worth) that I can use instead of my MIOX purifier (100g). I also bought the MEC Uplink Jacke...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
August 26, 10:36am

Regarding the weight of this tent, here is what I've measured: Tent Body: 578g (20.4 oz) Fly: 500g (17.7 oz) Poles: 219g (7.7 oz) Footprint: 179g (6.3 oz). Optional Pegs: 8 x 10g (0.35oz...

In Editor's Roundtable » MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent Review
August 24, 4:12pm

Hair Elastics
I'm loving your hair elastic idea. I just got 2 old ones from my wife and they weigh 1.5g each. So that's 3g (or 0.1oz) for a pair of them. For comparison, the main stuff sack weighs 43g an...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
August 24, 3:56pm

Re: decimal point would help :)
Interesting.....the hair elastic idea sounds good. I'll try this but I'll probably roll the poles, body and fly all together in one roll to pad the poles more and keep everything together (...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
August 24, 3:19pm

Thanks guys.....I guess I'll pick up a bottle of Methanol (Heet) and see how that goes. I'm just considering switching to an alcohol stove (from canister) at this point. I'm a little di...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Performance of Alcohol Fuels for Backpacking Stoves
Part One: Three Straight Alcohols and Alcohol Blends

August 24, 2:57pm

The Pullover seems very similar to the BPL Light UL 60's too bad they aren't making it since it costs less than half of the BPL garment. The Uplink uses PrimaLoft One, which I b...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
August 24, 1:29pm

At 8g, I think the repair sleeve is probably a wise thing to bring along since you'd be totally hooped without it if a pole cracked (or do you have another idea?). So your CR2 weighs 475oz??...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » MSR Carbon Reflex 2
August 23, 11:29pm

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