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Mark Verber (verber) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I backpacked and climbed a lot from 1972 through the 1980s using a heavy-weight approach. In the 1990s other things filled my time. In 2001 I was again backpacking, but with a light weight approach. Most of my trips are to the sierras with a base weight normally around 9lbs.
CityMountain View
StateCA
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
My PDF Gear List3 Season, Sierras, 4 Season Coast List

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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Down booties
I have a pair of goose feet and really like them. Water resistant down is now the fill. Like the FF, they have the option of an over shell which are removal. I did the beefie ToughTek overshells...

In GEAR » Down booties
November 20, 6:44pm

Re: Good base layer gloves?
Another vote for PowerStretch. Over the years I think I have used Mountain Hardware's PowerStretch, but I have vague memories of other manufacturers. They have all worked well for me. --mark

In GEAR » Good base layer gloves?
November 16, 8:55am

Re: Re: What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
Favorite… hard to pick one, but I guess it would be Five Fingers Spyridon LS trail runner "shoes". Miles and miles of blister free comfort even with multiple river crosses. Close seco...

In GEAR » What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
October 31, 12:10pm

Re: MLD Cuben grace tarp Vs. Zpacks hexamid. Storm worthiness?
I have no experience with the hexamid using super light pole… I use it with a 4.1oz GG LT4 trekking pole. I typically carry one GG LT4 which is normally lashed to my pack but it does get used fo...

In GEAR » MLD Cuben grace tarp Vs. Zpacks hexamid. Storm worthiness?
October 27, 12:05am

Re: Re: PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
sold, or is that given to Ken at GGG.

In Gear Swap » PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
October 24, 11:22pm

PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
I have a 1970s vintage A16 external frame pack with the wrap around frame that supported the waist strap. It has seem a lot of life, the nylon looks *old* but it's still holding together. Any...

In Gear Swap » PIF: A16 External Frame Pack
October 24, 10:42pm

voice recorder
I also often carry a voice recorder backpacking. For me it's a Olympus V90 which I purchased in the 1990s I really like it because it's smaller, lighter (31grams), and more ergonomica...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
October 23, 9:34am

FS: Dryskin Pants/Cap3 Tights, NB Fugu Jacket, Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket - dropped price
bump. I thought the original prices where fair but I guess others think things should be cheaper.

In Gear Swap » Fall Cleaning... Puffys, Dryskin Pants, RR Shirt
October 22, 3:50pm

FS: Dryskin Pants/Cap3 Tights, NB Fugu Jacket, Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket, RR Shirt, Insulated Pants - dropped price
Bump with updated prices above.

In Gear Swap » Fall Cleaning... Puffys, Dryskin Pants, RR Shirt
October 19, 3:51pm

Re: Looking for Great Lightweight Travel Pants
My current favorite are the pricy arcteryx rampart pants. the fabric is a very light nylon with a bit of stretch which is very cool wearing dries very quickly, and fit is perfect (for me). They do...

In GEAR » Looking for Great Lightweight Travel Pants
October 17, 11:42pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Verber

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Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
I tried these for part of a season and gave up. My fingers often felt cold and damp. Deterity isn't as good as I would have expected given the modest thickness of these gloves. I hated them.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:22pm

Santa Cruz Down Works UL Down Balaclava
What to say. It's light. It's warm. It's reasonably priced compared to equiv. warm options. I mostly use this for sleeping with my quilt.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:16pm

Playpus 2L Big Zip
I find that I am more consistent in drinking when I use a hydration system. The BigZip is lighter than most other hydration systems, while still having a large opening which makes filling it easier. T...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 07, 6:11pm

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
A perfect size pack for most of my trips and handles my standard 15-25 lbs comfortably. The use of light weight stays and a foam sit pad provides excellent carry comfort. I mostly like the extra wide ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 07, 5:51pm

Patagonia R1 Hoody
With all the talk of this item, I can't believe that there are no reviews of this item. This is arguably the best base, or light mid layer for high aerobic winter sports. Made from PowerDry grid, ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 01, 11:21am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I am using the UL Caldera Cone with a MLD 850 pot. I use both alchohol and esbits, though I am using esbits more than I expect to. There are more fuel efficient / lighter stoves like the Ion. The...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 01, 11:02am

MLD 850ml Ti Mug
The MLD 850 rocks for simple solo cooking in the pot! The pot practically hold around 800ml which is plenty of room for anything I make for myself on a solo trip. There is room to boil water and to co...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 01, 10:38am

ZebraLight H51
This is the best headlamp I have used for backpacking... ever. It's light 1.2oz (3.5oz with battery and headband) headlamp that runs on a single AA batteries. It has 6 light levels from with go...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:23am

iTP A3 EOS Upgrade Edition
This is one of the best flashlight values: $20 for a high efficiency AAA flashlight with good regulation and a nice range of brightness settings (in lumens: 1.5 for 50h, 18 for 4h 80 for 55min). Thi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:16am

Zebralight H50
5/5 for camp lighting 3/5 trail hiking 2/5 if you really need to use it for challenging night time navigation The headlight is small, energy efficient, has good regulation, and a nice set of brig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:07am