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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Does Steripen kill crypto? My understanding is that crypto is so rare in North American waters that it's not worth worrying about. I could be wrong though. I normally wait only 30 min, whic...

In Editor's Roundtable » MSR MIOX Purifier REVIEW
August 02, 11:28am

Even in my heavy backpacking days I never brought a trowel....I was too lazy to pack one. It's very easy to create a cathole without one. Just roll a rotting log over, do your thing and roll it...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stream crossings with one pair of shoes?
August 02, 1:16am

MIOX vs. Steripen Adventurer
The Steripen is an interesting competitor. It takes marginally longer to do, but then you can drink right away and then is no chemical smell or taste. The price and weight are very similar. On the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » MSR MIOX Purifier REVIEW
August 02, 1:08am

MEC Sacks
I want to let BPL'ers know about the dry sacks from Mountain Equipment Co-op ( I think these are new. MEC is sort of the Canadian equivilent of REI.

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Dry Sacks: Comparison Testing Results
August 02, 12:45am

Mike you bring hand sanitizer? Or what do you do if you're wiping with a leaf and have an incident where not just the leaf contacts the excrement? Wash your hands with some of your pre...

In GEAR » No TP?
August 01, 11:47pm

Personally, I consider wiping without TP more of a survival skill than a hiking skill. Yesterday I weighed a full roll of toilet paper (280 sheets, 2 ply) at 88g. That's under 3 ounces and you ...

In GEAR » No TP?
August 01, 11:08pm

Thanks for all the comments. I appreciate them. Mike C: Notice the quantity field beside the items. For some stuff it's zero so I'm not bringing it normally. So I don't plan to bring...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
August 01, 9:46pm

Re: Fishing?
Thanks for chiming in! Notice that the quantity for the frypan is 0. I have the frypan and use it occasionally (which is why it's on the list), but wouldn't bring it normally which is wh...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
July 31, 11:50pm

WTB: Womens GoLite Jam
I'm looking for a Womens GoLite Jam / Jam2 pack. I'd prefer the newer 2009 model with the hipbelt pockets. I'm looking for a size small or medium. Color doesn't matter.

In Gear Swap » WTB: Womens GoLite Jam
July 31, 10:23pm

Working towards UL - My general gear list
Here's my 3 season gear list as it currently exists. I'd like to hear some suggestions on how I can save weight for minimal expense. I've already spent too much money. While my g...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
July 31, 10:03pm

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