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Dan Durston (dandydan) - BPL Premium Member

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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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Using Compression Sacks for a Tent
I'm fairly new here and I wanted to get a few peoples thoughts on using compression sacks for minimizing the volume of my tent during a camping trip. I know that it's done because I used...

In GEAR » Using Compression Sacks for a Tent
May 23, 10:42am

Initial Observations
Well I bit the bullet and bought one of these for $355 on eBay. Based on my initial setup in the yard and two 1 night trips, I find the BPL review to be accurate. As BPL recommends, access to...

In Editor's Roundtable » MSR Carbon Reflex 2 Tent Review
May 21, 10:42pm

I have a 50 litre (3000 inch cubed) GoLite Lite-Speed pack (2lbs, 10oz) which I love and it might be a good choice for you. It's heavier than GoLite's frameless packs like the Jam2 (also 50...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Lightweight Convert...
May 13, 11:20am

Another vote
Here's another vote for La Cloche Silhouette Trail' in 'Killarney Provincial Park'. I hiked this '100 km' trail last September (it's actually about 85kms or 53 miles) an...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking in Canada
May 13, 11:10am

I'd still go with down. My wife has a Cat's Meow and compared to my down bag (which admittedly is just a 32F bag but it is only 600 FP) is it huge. You have to work pretty darn hard just to...

In GEAR » Bag for a Newbie
May 11, 8:59pm

Re: return
Hmm....the WCT Express Bus is awfully expensive. It's about $135 for a round trip from the ferry. This whole trip is sounding expensive: For 1 person: - reservation fee = $25 (not required...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
May 11, 12:10pm

How does one get back to their car at the start of the WCT once finished? Is there a bus? Or do you need 2 cars so you can leave one at each end? Also, is there a bus from the ferry to the WCT? ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
May 11, 10:33am

good to know
Good to know about putting them on before the shoe. The way they are shown in the diagram does look like it would be hard on the undershoe strap.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
May 10, 10:14pm

Fast Fly Mode
True....I don't think I'd use the 'fast fly mode' that often because I normally want bug and heavy rain protection but it is good to keep in mind. Maybe if the weather forecast is e...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is buying a footprint silly?
May 10, 10:08pm

Is a short nylon Gator like this good enough? At $6 these MEC gators are pretty appealing. I imagine they are just DWR coated Nylon. http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp;jsessionid=3lLZ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » West Coast Trail Gear Questions
May 10, 10:01pm

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