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All Forum Posts by Dan Durston

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E J, Have you weighed this parka? That would settle the confusion I mentioned above about the jacket being spec'd at 8.8oz and the parka at 12.8oz. I am a size medium and I'd consider th...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
September 01, 12:31am

I had a look at the UL Thermawrap Parka. I like how they've used less shiny and 'quieter' shell material, but the 12.8oz weight is a deal killer. Oh I just had a look at the jacket a...

In GEAR » New MEC Primaloft Jacket
September 01, 12:22am

MEC Uplink To Be Returned
I've decided to return my Uplink Jacket to MEC. Ultimately it just isn't warm enough for 3 season use. You can hardly tell there's any insualtion in it. I don't think it's much ...

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

I've made a few more nice moves since my last gear list was posted. I returned the MEC Uplink jacket (9oz) for the lighter, warmer and hooded MontBell U.L. Down Inner Parka (7.5oz). I'v...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
August 31, 11:07pm

Thanks for all the advice and experiences. It's very helpful. Pancakes are a tough meal to do in any pot....or even a frying pan, when camping. I had some while camping a few weeks ago and t...

In GEAR » Non-Stick Ti Pots - Worth the weight?
August 31, 11:01pm

Small Women
I'd be interested in hearing a small women's experience with the Jam packs. My wife is fairly small (5'6", 120lbs) so it seems that the hipbelt padding for her will be long enough....

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
August 31, 10:58pm

Re: HEET isn't EtOH
Dean, Everclear isn't legal here in Canada to my knowledge so I can't buy it and getting it shipped here might get stopped at the border. Methanol is fine stuff, but for longer trips ...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Ethanol
August 31, 5:33pm

My chlorine tablets say you can wait a few hours and they'll kill giardia, but they say chlorine tablets haven't been proven to kill crypto. I wonder if they are just playing it safe? F...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Water Purification Tablets
August 31, 2:03am

WTB: Ethanol
I'm looking to buy some ethanol for an alcohol stove. It seems you can only get methanol here in Canada. Someone wanna ship me a quart of it? I would prefer methylated spirits (denatured ethano...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Ethanol
August 31, 1:21am

It seems to me that you're only rarely going to be carrying a bear canister (if ever). If you are carrying a bear canister, it seems to make sense that you carry only one, not two, since they a...

In GEAR » advice on woman's UL packs
August 31, 12:01am

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