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"I thought it was very do lots of different test boils....Am I correct in that you said you did 1 test only per configuration?" Yes, I only did 1 test per configuration ...

In GEAR » Starlyte XL Initial Impressions and testing
March 18, 10:08am

"According to the Stove efficiency excel spreadsheet, that is 61% efficiency. It seems like you're getting great results. The wide bottom 0.9L pot is likely a great setup. Your higher re...

In GEAR » Starlyte XL Initial Impressions and testing
March 17, 11:29pm

Starlyte XL
I've also done a bit of testing with the Starlyte XL, Starlyte XL Restricted and regular Starlyte. I tested these stoves with two pots: a tall-narrow 0.75L Evernew and a wide-short 1.3L Evernew...

In GEAR » Starlyte XL Initial Impressions and testing
March 17, 11:04pm

I've used both of these packs a lot (well my Ohm is the 1.0). The Ohm is a little bit bigger and has much better side pockets, better compression system, better rear pocket and a better fram...

In GEAR » Backpack Advice: HMG and ULA
March 15, 11:48pm

2015 BMWO
Seems like a strong turn out is forming. Fun stuff! Justin: I'm hesitant about the Mirage because it's likely too warm to wear while moving, and it's probably unneeded at night as yo...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 12, 8:06pm

Too bad there's not a 'ghost' version of the Curiyak. Alpacka's sure got a lot of new stuff going on. Ghost, Mule, Gnu, Alpackalypse...

In Packrafting »
March 12, 12:05am

MEC Outathere
I saw this jacket in MEC recently and it caught my eye. In general, I'm wary of Pertex Shield+ because my Montane Minimus rain pants faired so poorly with it (bubbled and peeled off after a ...

In GEAR » MEC Outathere Jacket 165 grams
March 11, 11:28pm

I haven't owned anything from Zimmer except for pack straps, but I've owned 1 or 2 packs from all the rest of these companies. My opinion is that in terms of craftsmanship, ULA, MLD and ...

In GEAR » MLD, Zimmerbuilt, HMG, Zpacs, ULA Packs
March 09, 7:53pm

Gear failures
With regards to rain gear, people often report both DWR and true membrane "failures". A lot of new people think their rain gear is "failing" because they see the nylon face fabr...

In GEAR » About gear failures?
March 09, 5:43pm

Thanks Luke. Appreciated.

In GEAR » Wide/Zero Drop Shoe Options
March 07, 11:58pm

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