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Mark Larson (mlarson) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southeast USA
About Me Lifelong student and nerd in general, currently working on the web. I have a bias for higher mileage and longer days on the trail. Most of my hikes are on the border of SUL & UL; I still weigh everything, but pretty much stopped using spreadsheets. I read all the time, blog less, and run a good bit.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Larson

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Re: forum reorganization suggestions.
I agree in most part with these suggestions to condense. I think the biggest win for me personally, as others have wisely suggest, would be a simple link to "Recent Threads". I'm n...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » forum reorganization suggestions.
January 29, 6:04am

Re: My first pack!
Wow, you did a great job with this one. But be careful that he doesn't get the myog bug, too, and start hogging your sewing machine :) -Mark

In Make Your Own Gear » My first pack!
January 27, 7:51pm

Re: Sleeping Bag Questions
Sleeping bags are one of the few gear choices where extra $ can really pay off with few, if any, drawbacks. If you can find it in your budget to stretch even to $200-250 down bags, and keep an eye ...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag Questions
January 03, 4:44pm

Re: start date
First: great, great list. Ditto the best move would be a switch to a lighter pack if you can/desire. An easy savings of 2 lbs; food opportunities are frequent, and I think you'll find your pack...

In Gear Lists » AT Thru-Hike, 2009
January 03, 10:19am

Re: quick question on storing cocoon jackets
If you're storing it long-term in between hikes, definitely store it as loosely as possible, on a hanger maybe or loosely on a shelf or in a drawer. If you're storing it during the day w...

In Philosophy & Technique » quick question on storing cocoon jackets
January 02, 8:29am

Re: Down collapse in high humidity
In my experience, the loss of loft from humidity isn't that significant from spring thru fall. Certainly manageable for weekend or week-long trips. If you can keep it dry from rain during the d...

In GEAR » Down collapse in high humidity
January 01, 8:40pm

Re: Bivy in a tarptent ?
I just did this last night. The wind blocking is a very nice benefit. For me it's also an economic choice, thinking about my gear as a system. In the mostly warm-ish Georgia mountains, I get...

In GEAR » Bivy in a tarptent ?
January 01, 8:28pm

Re: "New Cooking System Prototype"
Don't forget your windscreen! :) This is a pretty common, pretty reliable set-up. It may take some fiddling to get a proper distance from flame to pot, but when it comes to DIY, the fiddling is...

In Make Your Own Gear » New Cooking System Prototype
December 26, 5:09pm

Re: Nubuck leather vs smooth leater in trekking and hiking boots
This looks like spam, too. -Mark

In GEAR » Nubuck leather vs smooth leater in trekking and hiking boots
December 26, 5:06pm

Re: Vibram soles in trekking boots
Looks like spam to me. -Mark

In GEAR » Vibram soles in trekking boots
December 26, 5:06pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Larson

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GoLite Virga
Used this one on the AT this summer. My particular model has 1 large pocket on the right-hand side. I accidentally purchased a Small @ 8.1oz, but it ended up working out just fine for size [5'11, ...

In Clothing - Raingear
July 18, 8:18am

Montrail Masai
I like the Masai quite a bit. They don't wear as well as many other shoes. The toe rubber and seams started to flake out around the 300-mile mark, but surprisingly the fabric itself showed very li...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
June 01, 10:26am

Gossamer Gear Miniposa
I've put about 1000 miles on this pack, and so far it has easily displaced my GoLite Jam as my go-to pack. And I really love my Jam. I had the new Miniposa mailed to me in the middle of a long ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 14, 9:29am

Inov8 Flyroc 310
The Flyrocs are quite good. The deep-lugged soles make for excellent grip. I like that the heel isn't significantly raised, so you the shoes feel nice and close to the ground. The open mesh lets some ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
July 02, 9:07am

Evernew Nonstick Titanium 0.9 L Pot
This pot has great dimensions. Wide base, but not too shallow. Also wide enough to fit a trimmed spoon inside with my entire kitchen, and still close completely. I like the volume for meals on long-te...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 16, 11:19am

Gatorade Bottle
I'll put a plug in the for the Gatorade Endurance bottles in particular. They are a little more narrow and taller than the standard squatty bottles, so they fit more easily in side pockets. 1L/34oz ca...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
November 04, 3:05am

Salomon Tech Amhibian
This shoe is almost brilliant. I love the mesh, and the thin tongue is very comfortable. The footbed is probably the most supportive and comfortable I've ever used--no sore spots or aches. My bones an...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 04, 3:00am

U.S. Department of Defense MRE Spoon
Meals-ready-to-eat come with great spoons, and some food, too. I'm not sure who the manufacturer is or where to find them commercially. The spoons have a generous length, long to reach the bottom o...

In Cookware - Other
November 04, 2:49am

Montane Featherlite
A great, great windshirt, and I've been really surprised by its inclement weather performance. I've been on brief runs [20-40 minutes] in the rain with the Featherlite. While it eventually wets out an...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
November 04, 2:40am

Equinox Silnylon Poncho
This is a review of the non-extended version, which I've really grown to like. Just a bit over 7oz, about 7.75 feet long, and a bargain at $40-50. I have had no problems with durability; snags on tree...

In Clothing - Raingear
November 04, 2:29am