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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: 7.5oz BMW Shelter
And the winner is... a much lighter Alphamid-type clone. Pretty cool. There's a photo on Ryan's blog. -Mark

In GEAR » 7.5oz BMW floorless tent?
March 16, 5:41am

Re: Help needed for A level research.
1. Male. I like grey, black, brown for just about anything... also the odd bit of yellow or orange for shirts. 2. I'm hard pressed to think of any electronics I'd want built-in my clothing. I'd ra...

In Multiple Use Gear » Help Needed
March 14, 5:45pm

Re: Re: UL insulated cup
[Thinking out loud] What about something like a 12oz plastic peanut butter jar, or similar? You'd have an airtight, removable lid for mixing-- or you could drill a sip spout in there if you wanted....

In GEAR » UL insulated cup
March 14, 4:11pm

Re: Re: Using hiking poles as a tent center pole
You can see a photo of the two-trekking-pole method Paul describes here. The webbing and tri-glides might make a more secure fit. The concept is the same, though. -Mark

In GEAR » Using hiking poles as a tent center pole
March 14, 5:33am

Re: Re: UL insulated cup
A good combo of lightweight and durability is to chop off the bottom of a plastic Coke/Pepsi bottle to your desired volume. The thicker soda bottles will be more durable. You can boil your sawed-of...

In GEAR » UL insulated cup
March 13, 7:28pm

Re: Inov-8 sizing?
I wear fairly consistent USA size 11-11.5 in Montrail, NB, Aasics, Adidas, etc [size up 1/2 in Salomon]. My Flyroc 310s in USA 11 fit just fine. The only difference I notice is that the shoe is a b...

In GEAR » Inov-8 sizing?
March 12, 1:43pm

Re: Re: The Ultimate Home Made Gear Website
Basic ideas, but they get overlooked so often: -Table of contents/categories. -Name the creation and the niche it fills... what it may replace or make easier. -List the needed materials and wh...

In Make Your Own Gear » The Ultimate Home Made Gear Website
March 11, 11:20pm

7.5oz BMW floorless tent?
According to this page[], there's a prototype in the works... Maybe something to compete with the SpinnShelter? Or is that too obvious? -Mark

In GEAR » 7.5oz BMW floorless tent?
March 11, 10:28am

Re: Foot Doctoring???
You might find a switch to thinner socks will give your toes more room. Thinner socks will also absorb less moisture and dry more quickly, which means that your feet won't wallow in the moisture as...

In Philosophy & Technique » Foot Doctoring???
March 10, 4:40pm

Re: Houdini vs Mamot Ion
For standard backpacking, I'd probably choose the Houdini, for the roomier fit and bottom drawstring. I like the more trim, shorter, athletic cut on my new Ion because I use it more for running and...

In GEAR » windshirt: Patagtonia Houdini vs. Marmot Ion
March 10, 4:29pm

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