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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.
CityMountain View
StateCA
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.verber.com/mark/outdoors
My PDF Gear List3 Season, Sierras, 4 Season Coast List

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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody
Thanks for calling out the change in cap 4. I wouldn't have thought to look at it. Previous cap 4 seemed to be a step down from my beloved R.5... but the new cap 4 looks like it has a lot of ...

In GEAR » Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody
September 04, 4:40pm

Re: Not sure
Thanks Martin for sharing your experience. > given the current extant alternatives - I can't really see why you'd want to either. I have been using the Trailroc 245 for a bit now.....

In GEAR » Saucony Hattory minimalist running shoes - 4.4 oz
September 04, 8:35am

Saucony Hattory minimalist running shoes - on trails or just streets?
For the people who are using the Hattory... are you using them on just streets, trails, hardback ground, or have you taken them into the back country with mixed terrain. How is their traction on br...

In GEAR » Saucony Hattory minimalist running shoes - 4.4 oz
September 03, 11:56am

Re: Does this piece of gear exist?
You don't want the enclosed tent features connected to the poncho/pack cover... everyone I know who has tried to experiment with something like that has regretted it, even when it was just peri...

In GEAR » Does this piece of gear exist?
September 03, 12:48am

Re: RX100
I have been using a RX100 for a bit more than a month now. It's the first pocketable digital camera than I don't wince at the resulting pictures. Sure, there have been times that a larger...

In Photography » New compact with decent lens - Sony DSC RX100
September 02, 4:28pm

Re: Have any of you ditched trekking poles as you've lightened your weight?
When I first got hiking poles I used them all the time. I still carry 1-2 poles for setting up my shelter, when crossing rivers, but they mostly live lashed on to my pack rather than in my hands....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Have any of you ditched trekking poles as you've lightened your weight?
August 27, 11:10am

Re: step function
> So it really did seem to you like a step function? Not so much a step function, more like a sigmoid function. That is to say not an instantaneous change, but a transitionary stage where th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Practical impact on comfort when going from SUL to UL (and adding 1LB of optional gear).
August 26, 9:10am

Re: is there a magic point
> I'm intrigued by the contention that there's a "magic" point, which suggests that > a graph of energy expenditure (or other measure of load impact) vs load would > sh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Practical impact on comfort when going from SUL to UL (and adding 1LB of optional gear).
August 25, 12:57pm

Re: Practical impact on comfort when going from SUL to UL (and adding 1LB of optional gear).
It's certainly true that there seems to be a magic pack weight, below which the pack doesn't seem to impact endurance / performance, and above which we find ourselves tiring more quickly. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Practical impact on comfort when going from SUL to UL (and adding 1LB of optional gear).
August 24, 6:20pm

Re: to the guy above me
I haven't used the NB minimus shoes with a pack cause I don't like them, but I have used fairly minimalist shoes with a pack in the back country. Some of the early minimalist shoes (talkin...

In GEAR » What ultralight trail runners do you guys use?
August 24, 6:00pm

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