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Hydrophobic Down
I've never had much difficulty keeping my down jacket dry. I don't think I've ever got it substantially wet beyond the wrists. If I'm planning a truly sloppy trip (i.e. packrafting)...

In GEAR » Any real world benefit to Hydrophobic Down jackets? PNW BPL'ers please chime in
April 08, 10:41pm

I've been quite impressed with the TrailRoc 235. I hiked the 2660 mile PCT using pretty much 2 pairs. The upper will start to fall apart around 700 miles but they only get so bad and then they ...

In GEAR » Innov8 Trailroc durability and alternatives
April 07, 11:20pm

I'll be bringing a mid (Locus Gear Khufu) + groundsheet. There is lots of forested terrain down low, but I like having the option of setting up camp pretty much anywhere in case in want to atte...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 31, 11:27pm

I didn't see many umbrella's post SoCal in 2014. Umbrella's are great for shade in SoCal, especially during breaks but the importance of shade diminishes after California.

In GEAR » Umbrella on the PCT
March 29, 10:29pm

Is lithium really twice the capacity? It seems like good NiMH AA batteries are around 2000-2700 mAh capacity, while lithium AA's are around 3000 mAh. So 20-50% more capacity unless I'm miss...

In GEAR » Lithium Vs. Ni-MH Batteries (AA)
March 29, 2:04pm

Lake Superior
Nice writeup. Thanks!

In Editor's Roundtable » Lake Superior Costal Trail Adventure
March 25, 11:17am

Snow Travel Methods
Snowshoes vs other snow travel options is one of the toughest decisions for the BMWO. There are fairly common and semi-preditable spring conditions where trail runners alone are sufficient, but the...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 24, 10:26pm

XL & 1.3L
My 1.3L Evernew pot has the frying pan lid so it fits easily. I'll have a look to estimate if it'll fit with a regular lid when I'm back home in a few days. It might work standing on it...

In GEAR » Starlyte XL Initial Impressions and testing
March 19, 4:49pm

NF Mitts
Very nice. Is the membrane protected by an inner fabric layer (i.e. 3 layer construction), nothing (2 layer) or a printed pattern (2.5 layer)? I have MEC Cloudraker Mitts which are a similar...

In GEAR » North Face Rain Mitts
March 19, 1:49pm

Cool. Very similar to my 1.3L

In GEAR » Starlyte XL Initial Impressions and testing
March 18, 5:35pm

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