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PCT Water
In 2014 my wife and I never carried more than a combined 8 liters. We were never relying on caching, but we did cut it tight a few times were the cache came in super handy. A cache was also super h...

In Pre-Trip Planning » PCT: Most water carried?
March 01, 8:32pm

Cargo Fly
I agree that it's probably unwise to toss gear loose into the boat, but I do think the inflatable aspect of the drybags is unnecessary except for where rules require this (Grand Canyon?).

In Packrafting » Alpacka Cargo Fly?
February 23, 7:19pm

Kokopelli Tizip
Kokopelli offers what appears to be the same Tizip on their boats for $100 - $125 rather than $275. That doesn't include the dry bags, but it's still way cheaper than Alpacka. It might b...

In Packrafting » Alpacka Cargo Fly?
February 23, 5:52pm

SD Mid
IMO, The TarpTent StratoSpire2 is the current gold standard for dual pole 2 person mids. That shelter has a number of innovations that improve usability for two people (pitch lock corners, angled s...

In GEAR » Skurka and Sierra Designs team up for gear
February 22, 10:39pm

I don't like less than 30D for a floor, but I'm okay with a 20D canopy.

In GEAR » Denier on SD tents
February 22, 5:43pm

Top Vent
You've removed the plastic stiffener? The vent material is longer than where it velcro's to, so there is some bunching involved when you close the vent. I've never actually closed th...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid top vent won't close?
February 22, 10:52am

I'll do this next time I'm using N2, which is gonna be 5-10 days from now. I'm not quite sure how best to do it, since cuben is so light you can't really throw it at the ground o...

In GEAR » Does Cuben crack in the cold?
February 22, 12:26am

There's probably going to be several people dropping cars off at the end and shuttling back to the start somehow. So hopefully you guys could just rent one car, drive it the end and get a lift ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
February 22, 12:23am

Cuben in Liquid N2
"Cuben in liquid nitrogen would be disappointing." I have access to some. Next week I'll try this. If flowers are any indication, it'll be fun.

In GEAR » Does Cuben crack in the cold?
February 21, 8:27pm

Cargo Fly
The cargo fly is awesome, but just so darn expensive. It's tempting just to go buy one of the same Tizip Superseal zippers for ~$70 and toss it in myself. How hard can it be? :) Having to de...

In Packrafting » Alpacka Cargo Fly?
February 19, 5:53pm

All Reader Reviews by Dan Durston

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Mountain Laurel Designs Revelation
I really like my 2009 MLD Revelation pack. The 1.5oz cuben is great. I think it will last a very long time provided I don't take any good falls on rocky slopes. With some bungie cordage, MLD s...

In Backpacks - Frameless
April 06, 4:56pm

Granite Gear Uberlight CTF3 Drysack
I bought two of these Uberlight drysacks, a green 7L one for my GoLite Ultra 20 quilt and a orange 10L one for my wife's 15F rated 800FP MEC Merlin sleeping bag. The claimed weights for these d...

In Miscellaneous Products
March 23, 8:00pm

Petzl e+LITE
I really like the e+Lite. It's surprisingly bright and I appreciate the red light functionality in the tent. On high, this light is nearly as bright as my Tikka yet it weighs 1/3rd and has additio...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
December 16, 10:27pm

Thermarest Neo-Air
I initially bought the regular size NeoAir but I recently sold that and bought the small size instead to save 5oz. I've been really happy with the switch. The small NeoAir is just as comfortable, ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 28, 11:53pm

Packafeather Featherfire
I just got back from 5 days of using my FeatherFire stove. The simmering function of this stove is amazing. It really works very well. The stove is also really easy to extinguish which is great. Wh...

In Stoves - Alcohol
October 24, 10:50pm

GoLite Jam2
I've been using my 2009 Jam all summer now. It's been a solid performer. I find it completely comfortable to 20lbs, fine to 25lbs and tolerable at 30lbs. My 2009 Jam weighed 26oz when I got...

In Backpacks - Frameless
October 15, 2:53pm

Backpackinglight Thurofare Pant
These pants are amazing light which is great, but the durablity doesn't seem to be there for long term use. Mine are showing significant signs of wear after about 10 days of hiking. Also the waist...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
October 05, 6:32pm

Montbell UL Down Inner Parka
I'm very pleased with my parka which is the new version that was released fall 2009. The adjustable wait hem is a plus since the cut of the waist is large, but I would be happy without this if the...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
September 30, 4:45pm

Golite Ultra 20
Observed Weight: 544g or 19.21oz Measured Loft: 2.75" Great quilt. If you read ...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
July 15, 5:45pm

MSR Pocket Rocket
I've been happy with MSR Pocket Rocket. I've been using it for about 4 years now. Dislikes: - Flame is very focused, so it's hard to avoid burning the center. - Seems like it coul...

In Stoves - Canister
June 30, 11:06pm