About

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

Dan has been a hiker and adventurer for nearly 20 years. He 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 outdoor 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) along with his wife T, who also helps with Durston gear and has solo hiked the Great Divide Trail (2019-2020).

Dan also held the Fastest Known Time on the 90 km 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 to design premium equipment. His designs achieve the highest performance through careful thought about solving real-world problems using a first principles design philosophy. The resulting gear 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 a line of accessories (groundsheets, folding poles) and a new DCF X-Mid which are being sold independently here on DurstonGear.com in 2021.

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