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Ahh I see....that makes a lot more sense.

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
August 22, 2:44am

FWIW, my 2009 Jam weighs 24.3oz (688g) down from 26.7oz (755g) thanks to removing the hydration bladder and trimming the straps.

In Gear Swap » WTB Golite Jam 2
August 22, 2:40am

Golite almost needs a new line of packs that are more 'hardcore ultralight' with the Pinnacle/Jam/Peak line getting fatter and fatter. Something more in tune with the original idea behind t...

In Gear Swap » WTB Golite Jam 2
August 22, 2:35am

I'll post here when I get a response from MEC. Usually they take a few business days. Since this product is brand new, I'm hopeful that a men's pullover is coming too and it's just ...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
August 22, 2:20am

Re: replacing waist strap
Neat idea....if I knew how to sew I would do this for sure. I did trim my side compression straps a couple days ago so they are only long enough to function as compression straps. No longer can ...

In GEAR » GoLite Jam2 Functionality Question
August 22, 2:09am

Hmm....MEC makes a version of this jacket with a 1/2 zip and a hood called the Uplink Pullover and it's only 32g heavier (~1oz) than the jacket. That's lighter than any hat. Sounds great...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
August 20, 11:35pm

Re: New MEC Primaloft Jacket
I see.....that explanation makes a lot of sense. I do plan on using whatever jacket I buy as part of my sleep system on colder nights. I have an Ultra 20 quilt which supposedly isn't good to mu...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
August 20, 11:31pm

Re: New MEC Primaloft Jacket
Why is down less efficient as a sleep garment? Because the insulation underneath you gets squashed to nothing? Is synth really significantly better or does it get mostly squashed too? It seems like...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
August 20, 11:13pm

Jam Mods
I just cut a decent amount off the side compression straps, while still leaving ample length for them to do their job as side compression straps. The total weight saved was 12g (almost 0.5oz). O...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
August 20, 10:11pm

Interesting jacket. The price is definately right ($115) and so is the weight but I'm left wondering how warm it really is. I was in MEC this week so I should have checked this out. This jacket...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
August 20, 9:42pm

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