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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.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Good Inov-8 retailers?
I asked some friend in Phoenix where they would recommend, but no answers yet. If you ever get to the SF Bay Area, I would highly recommend Zombie Runner. They were one of the first places that s...

In GEAR » Good Inov-8 retailers?
November 18, 6:00pm

Polartec Alpha
I am surprised I haven't seen something about Polartec Alpha. Looks interesting. --Mark

In GEAR » Polartec Alpha
November 15, 8:13am

Re: Rab Alpine
+1 for Equilibrium fabric When highly active in cold conditions combined with Powerdry (or I suppose mid-weight Merino) it's wonderful. Over the years I have used a Vapor Rise, REI Pyrn, and...

In Editor's Roundtable » Windshirts: 2012 State of the Market Report - Part 2: The Present and Future of Windshirts
October 31, 3:12pm

Re: Bears in Ventana.
this is the first I have heard of bears near big sur. if true, I guess we all should start taking more care with food storage. I have been totally lazy in that area. --mark

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bears in Ventana.
October 29, 4:48pm

Re: You read my mind....
> How did you know what I was thinking ? only because whenever we had a good storm coming I would always either set something up in the backyard or try to take a quick trip somewhere close to...

In GEAR » making use of Hurricane Sandy?
October 28, 8:37pm

making use of Hurricane Sandy?
So who is settling up shelters on the east coast to see how they do in a storm? --Mark

In GEAR » making use of Hurricane Sandy?
October 28, 8:17pm

Re: UL tights.
> Honestly, the UL tights dont provide much warmth at all. I agree it's not a huge amount of warmth. What they did better that just about anything was breath and avoid chaffing. --Mark

In GEAR » ultralite tights?
October 27, 8:39pm

Re: Re: ultralite tights?
> To me it feels cooler with the ultralight tights than without them. I have have also had the same experience. that ultralight tights + lose pants *felt* cooler than just the pants... but I ...

In GEAR » ultralite tights?
October 27, 9:05am

Re: Re: Two synergystic technologies coming together?
> Dri Down and Down Tek could be interesting if successfully applied to > high fill power down ... I haven't yet seen news beyond heavier downs. Patagonia claims to have a treatment ...

In GEAR » Two synergystic technologies coming together?
October 24, 8:36pm

Re: There's a certain poly stank
While I agree that poly/wicking clothing has been over-hyped, we need to remember that those claims were typically in comparison the the cotton tee-shirt, not to a modern merino shirt. In the late...

In GEAR » non stinking baselayers?
October 24, 9:12am

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