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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: Wicking fantasy
I agree with your experience. When I am sweating, I haven't really found anything that can help me feel 'dry'. The benefit of the top-line synthetics is that they dry fairly quickly and generally d...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wicking fantasy
July 23, 7:05pm

Re: Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
Setting aside questions of economics or whether or not fellow BPLers have been on "real backpacking trips"... If you have experience with Mystery Ranch packs, please share it. I'm not sure if yo...

In GEAR » Mystery Ranch Backpacks equals Dana Design quality?
July 21, 12:11pm

Re: Windscreen/Potstand 1oz., Onepiece, Simple
Looks great. Some issues I have with many "windstands" is that they are a bit fiddly and a pain to deploy. I usually prefer stoves with a built-in stand, but this screen looks like I can finally us...

In Make Your Own Gear » New Take on Tent Stake Windscreen/Potstand - 1oz., One Piece, Fits Inside Mug, No Folding.
July 15, 9:31pm

Re: Patagonia Micro-puff pullover $60.00 !!!!!
Thanks for the heads-up. Here's a direct link. Run, don't walk. -Mark

In Gear Deals » Patagonia Micro-puff pullover $60.00 !!!!!
July 12, 8:08am

Re: Re: Looking For UL internal frame pack
Another option would be the Six Moon Designs Starlite. It's 28oz with aluminum stays, also integrates inflatable or closed cell pads into the frame. -Mark

In GEAR » Looking For UL internal frame pack
July 08, 5:30pm

Re: MP3 players?
Aside from the Shuffle, I haven't seen any iPods I'd want to take in the woods. It's a shame. I like the Creative Zen Nano Plus. About 1oz and 1gig, flash-memory, 18hrs of play with a AAA, FM tu...

In GEAR » MP3 players?
July 06, 9:00pm

Reflections on a Long Day [long]
The Trip So, yesterday was one of my more ambitious hikes I've done solo. This was on a very familiar piece of trail on the southern AT. The course was an out-and-back trip along the 8.8 miles AT ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Reflections on a Long Day [long]
July 02, 8:11am

Re: Re: No cook meals
I'll second the recommendation the pasta salads and especially the soaked cous-cous. TVP also soaks well, but it will need some flavoring. I've had surprisingly good luck with bagels, meats and ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » No Cook LDH Ideas
July 02, 6:26am

Re: Try it without the headlamp
I have done a bit of night-hiking here and there--some of it by choice :) It really can be an otherworldly experience. I know that when I'm out there all of my other senses go on high alert. I'v...

In GEAR » Is this normal?
July 02, 5:55am

Re: I just tried the Solomon Tech Amphibians
I also like the Salomon TAs for the wet. Very comfortable and very airy. I'd love them even more if the tongue was just slightly thinner and less padded. My only other quibble is that the heel stra...

In GEAR » wet shoes
June 26, 5:10am

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