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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: keeping guylines untangled
I generally leave mine attached to the tarp. When packing up, I take each cord individually, fold it a couple of times, and then tie it in a loose overhand knot. -Mark

In Philosophy & Technique » keeping guylines untangled
May 26, 6:31pm

Re: ball cap.
Ditto on the ball cap, or visor. Like Anon, I add a bandana or silk scarf tucked under the headband if I need to protect from sunburn over the ears and neck. I've actually never owned a wide-brimme...

In GEAR » Wide Brim or Ball Cap? (fixed)
May 24, 6:31am

Re: Big Sky diligence issue
Tom, and everyone else, thanks for sharing. I had been wondering if anyone had given Big Sky's telephone a try. (888-535-7085, 10a-3p MST) I haven't placed any orders with them, but I'm keeping my ...

In GEAR » Summit Shelters
May 23, 8:46pm

Re: Biting thru windshirts
Using Microlight fabric, I've only had bites go through as Davidson mentioned--stretched over the tip of a bent elbow, over the shoulders/traps area while snoozing, or similar. I find the fit of my...

In GEAR » Will bugs bite through a Montane Lite Speed Wind Shirt?
May 20, 12:08pm

Re: .
Sorry, I should have been clearer on my gear weights. I choose running shorts, which are only about 3oz. I don't need the pockets or length. My Capilene long johns are about 4-5oz, like yours. Wind...

In Make Your Own Gear » Making conversion waterproof pants
May 09, 11:31pm

Re: Pretty new to backpacking, but....
Glad you had a good trip. What is the HGW like? I'm not familiar with it. I always come back with a new idea or new lesson--what was your "take-away" from the trip? Any insights to share? -Mark

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pretty new to backpacking, but....
May 09, 9:32pm

Re: .
I think 'rain shorts' would be far too hot/humid to wear while moving, and they probably won't have pockets, fly zippers, or other conveniences. But I'll admit I have a bias against convertible clo...

In Make Your Own Gear » Making conversion waterproof pants
May 09, 9:29pm

Re: Resoling materials and shoe forms/molds
I've always heard a lot of good things about this guy Dave Page, cobbler. I'm not sure if he sells parts, but you could probably get some good leads from them about sourcing. -Mark

In Multiple Use Gear » Resoling materials
May 05, 6:43am

GoLite Poncho-Tarp, Montane Featherlite
Backcountry Gear Ltd. has the GoLite Poncho-Tarp on sale for $38.25, which makes it [for a little while] even cheaper than the ol' bargain standby, the Equinox/Campmor Silponcho. They've also go...

In Gear Deals » GoLite Poncho-Tarp, Montane Featherlite
May 04, 8:43pm

Re: 16 oz External Frame Backpack
Nice work, Steve. I like how the frame 'cradles' the load behind you. Looks like that will prevent the main sack from getting too saggy, and also give that bottom fabric some more protection. I hop...

In Make Your Own Gear » 16 oz External Frame Backpack
May 02, 12:34pm

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