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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: Re: Wind Shirt as Bug Shirt
I do find that some fabrics are penetrable to bugs when stretched across the skin, e.g. at the elbows. I have seen this in the Montane Featherlite's Microlite fabric and the Pertex Quantum of the M...

In GEAR » Wind Shirt as Bug Shirt
August 15, 8:27pm

Re: integral designs event overbag
I believe both the Overbag and the Micro Bivy are only drawstring openings. On a side note, I just saw that Oware is now making an eVent bivy with a Cuben floor. 11oz, $230. -Mark

In GEAR » integral designs event overbag
August 15, 8:23pm

Re: Re: Re: I would like to see...
Sounds great as an optional feature. I like this idea. -Mark

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Virtuality into Reality!!!
August 08, 7:04pm

Re: Quilted Down Blanket
Christian--what's the word on your quilted blanket? Has it proven durable enough over your trips, packing, unpacking, etc? Any down distribution or shifting issues to speak of? -Mark

In Make Your Own Gear » Quilted Down Blanket
July 27, 9:31am

Re: Thanks
My guess is maybe they just lost the Pertex hang tags somewhere. I think I remember seeing them with my Ion, but I don't remember exactly. But if it looks like an Ion and acts like an Ion... -Mark

In GEAR » Marmot Ion; Really Pertex?
July 27, 8:27am

Re: A black dot
It's a security camera. You weren't supposed to notice. -Mark

In Philosophy & Technique » A black dot
July 27, 8:26am

Re: Re: Re: Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
Too bad he doesn't allow for constructive comments to his posts. Unless they're of exceptional quality, monoblogues with no community feedback are a bit boring. -Mark

In GEAR » Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
July 23, 7:34pm

Re: Help with my torso clothing
Those tops, matched with suitable bottoms, could easily see me into the teens Fahrenheit, just piddling around. If active, then probably much lower. Unfortunately, I can't really tell you much more...

In GEAR » Help with my torso clothing
July 23, 7:23pm

Re: Re: Ideal Solo Tarp Size
I'm about 6', and I think a 9' ridge is a nice starting point for bivy-less tarping. The 8' tarps just aren't quite enough for me after I add a few inches of sleeping bag loft to each end of my bod...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ideal Solo Tarp Size?
July 23, 7:17pm

Re: Re: Rain Gear (in warmer temps)
I'm not sure how cold your rain is out there, but I can usually hike comfortably in shorts in the rain down to temperatures the 50s-60s, if I can keep a decent pace. I wouldn't break out pants unti...

In GEAR » Rain Gear (in warmer temps)
July 23, 7:12pm

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