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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.
CityAtlanta
StateGA
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://www.mlarson.org

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All Forum Posts by Mark Larson

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Re: Re: A Plug for the Jam
I own both packs and both are excellent. For me the could would come down to what pack weight would be more typical for the trips I do: Jam for 25 and less, Infinity for 30+. -Mark

In GEAR » GoLite Infinity VS GoLite Jam
April 29, 10:11pm

Re: Cyling Jacket?
Check out the cycling manufacturers, definitely some there. Sierra Designs used to make a hoodless jacket out of Entrant DT fabric--which rated pretty well in BPL's breathability tests. It was call...

In GEAR » hoodless shells?
April 13, 10:40pm

Re: Re: Re: Quilted Down Blanket
Thanks for that response. I'll second Vick's request--let us know how it works out over a trip or two. Such a great idea. -Mark

In Make Your Own Gear » Quilted Down Blanket
April 13, 10:29pm

Re: Wind Speed - 231 MPH - Mt Washington, NH
Just a couple months ago, 200mph+ winds were reported on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. They couldn't get an exact measurement, because the anemometer stopped at 200. Grandfather gets into...

In Chaff » Wind Speed - 231 MPH - Mt Washington, NH
April 12, 8:01pm

Re: Quilted Down Blanket
That's a really clever quilting technique--more towards the edges, fewer towards the center. Just a tad over 14oz, too. What are the dimensions at the top, hips, knees, and overall length? Can you ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Quilted Down Blanket
April 12, 7:30pm

Re: Need a Pack Reccomendation
Maybe the new GoLite Multi-Sport, 1900ci? It's built like the 24, but about 2/3 larger. Or perhaps the Ultimate Direction SpeeDemon, 2300ci? I'm sure you could put the UD pack on a diet if there ar...

In GEAR » Need a Pack Reccomendation
April 11, 6:59pm

Re: Re: Re: Lumbar Pack/Marmot Highlander?
An SUL application of these ideas could be cool. I think the solution for the sleeping pad would either be to use a small inflatable [BMW, POE], or to use a hammock with highly compactable quilts. ...

In GEAR » Lumbar Pack/Marmot Highlander?
April 10, 6:47am

Re: new pack project
oooooo... aaahhhhhhh... Love that color. Looks like you put together a great set of features. I like a bit of webbing on the shoulder straps to hang a camera or AR-style water bottles, but definite...

In Make Your Own Gear » new pack project
April 08, 12:11am

Re: Re: Re: Vapor Trail Mod
Very cool. I like that mesh center pocket a lot. -Mark

In GEAR » vapor trail mod
April 07, 4:38pm

Re: Re: Button down shirts? Oui? Non?
I usually do t-shirts, but the button down can be a nice change. I have some polyester mesh ones, leftovers from the 70s I'm guessing. In addition to good ventilation, other bonuses are taller coll...

In GEAR » Button down shirts? Oui? Non?
April 07, 12:19am

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