About

Durston tents and backpacks are designed by Dan Durston in the heart of the Canadian Rockies (Golden, BC).

Dan has been a lightweight hiker and adventurer for nearly 20 years. First with a heavy pack and then he caught the ultralight bug in 2008. Since then has amassed hundreds of nights in the outdoors and written thousands of technical gear posts in ultralight online communities like BackpackingLight.com and r/Ultralight. 

Never content with the status quo, Dan has been building his own gear for over a decade including building a tent with DCF way back in 2009 before it was popular.  Dan is continually pushing the limits of outdoors adventure. His travels include hiking the 2600 mile Pacific Crest Trail (2014) and the first yo-yo of Canada’s Great Divide Trail (1100km x 2, 2017) with his wife T, who also helps with Durston Gear and has solo hiked the Great Divide Trail (2019-2020).

Dan has also held the Fastest Known Time on the 90km Stein Traverse (19 hours) and is the 5x fastest finisher in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Open (~100 mile off-season traverse of the Montana Rockies). He has worked as a gear tester and ambassador for small gear brands, reviewed gear for Backpackinglight.com, established remote off-trail hiking/scrambling routes, and currently moonlights as a wilderness guide in Alaska with Andrew Skurka (National Geographic Adventurer of the Year).

With Durston gear, Dan combines his comprehensive technical knowledge with extensive field experience and validation. His designs achieve the highest performance through careful thought about solving real world problems using a first principles design philosophy. The result is gear that is easier to use, offers more protection, is more comfortable, and lighter. The design process includes carefully testing and selecting materials, working with the top tent factory in the world to refine the highest quality construction methods, and iterating on the designs to continually improve.

His first tent – the X-Mid 1P – was introduced to widespread acclaim in 2018 through a partnership with Drop.com who handle sales and marketing. Since then Dan has added another tent (X-Mid 2P) and backpack (DD40) with Drop, and is currently working on line of accessories (groundsheets, folding poles, etc) which will be sold independently here on DurstonGear.com. To stay up to date, join the Durston Gear mailing list:

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