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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: A question
I haven't seen any biomechanics studies of backpacking in minimalist shoes while backpacking... everything I have seen has been connected to running. There have been a number of studies (I don&...

In Editor's Roundtable » Considering Minimalist Footwear for Backpacking
October 24, 8:32am

Re: Considering Minimalist Footwear for Backpacking
I appreciate the reasoning on zero drop or even negative drop for backpacking, but my experience is that a modest heel, 6-9mm, gives me endless pain free miles. When I switch to zero drop I start ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Considering Minimalist Footwear for Backpacking
October 23, 9:50pm

Re: silver
> 8% silver thread Yes, I found that for me, the base layers I had with 8% silver did a pretty good job at keeping odor down. Alas, most of base layers with embedded silver are around 4% and ...

In GEAR » non stinking baselayers?
October 23, 9:14am

Re: Zebralight H51
> 1. The pocket clip it comes with is useless I believe that. never used it because either it's in my hand or attached to the headband which works well. > 2. The LED is very bright...

In GEAR » Bright, powerful headlamp?
October 19, 9:57pm

Re: Weight
+1 Steven's comments. Zebralight is a wonderful, versatile headlamp with good regulation and a nice mix of flood and a hotspot for good throw. If all I wanted was ong throw for navigation (e.g....

In GEAR » Bright, powerful headlamp?
October 19, 8:43am

Re: fabric breathability
there are lots of threads about breathability. Ranking materials 1,2,3 isn't always easy because there are different methodologies for measuring breathability, and fabrics perform slightly dif...

In GEAR » fabric breathability
October 18, 10:09am

Re: winter hiking hat
I haven't really every settled on one hat. There is an anti-choice though, which is nothing that is 100% windproof unless facing super cold, in which case it's not a hat, it's a high l...

In GEAR » winter hiking hat
October 17, 11:28pm

Re: Favorite piece of gear - Fall 2012 edition
Favorite gear this year are the Inov-8 TrailRoc 245 trail runners. Simply perfect for my feet. Showed me that while the Inov-8 Flyroc-310 was very good, there was still room to improve. I went t...

In GEAR » Favorite piece of gear - Fall 2012 edition
October 15, 11:22pm

Re: Hikes near Monterey, CA?
for short hikes with great view of the coast I would recommend julia pfeiffer burns state park or point lobos natural reserve. if you want a long hike (but views of ocean not so good) there are lo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hikes near Monterey, CA?
October 13, 12:33pm

Re: Argh!!! R1 vs cap4 hoodies...
I have both... I used them differently. As others have observed, the cap4 is designed to be very snug fitting worn next to the body. It's not intended to come on and off. It's quite warm w...

In GEAR » Argh!!! R1 vs cap4 hoodies...
October 11, 6:31pm

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