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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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Shoes are wrecking our feet?
Interesting article today in NY Magazine talking about shoes and the health of our feet: Discusses the mechanics of walking and how the paddi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoes are wrecking our feet?
April 23, 7:44pm

What a loss
I never knew him, but I knew John's website well. After my first couple traditional (heavy) backpacking trips, I started googling for a better way. John's website was one of the first gatew...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » In Memoriam: John O'Mahoney (November 8, 1946 - March 10, 2008)
March 19, 5:51am

New Salomon 4oz windshirt
I just noticed that Salomon is now making a full-zip hooded windshirt, the Fast Wing Hoodie Jacket listed at 120g. When stowed in the chest pocket, it also has one of those arm-band holster thingie...

In GEAR » New Salomon 4oz windshirt
August 02, 6:10pm

Re: Inov-8
Thanks for sharing this, Roger. They were overdue for a redesign. I'm glad to see they've really beefed up the selection. They have more models all across the weight range. Those models in ...

In GEAR » Inov-8
August 02, 5:55pm

Re: Newbie needs advice on quilt vs bag
I'd also vote for the quilt. Yes, I do think they pack easier without a zipper. And aside from being less confining and ventilating better, I think you'll find them more versatile. They'...

In GEAR » Newbie needs advice on quilt vs bag
August 01, 9:42pm

Re: BrassLite Folded Titanium Spork
It looks essentially identical to the REI Ti Ware and the Brunton My-Ti folding sporks, both of which are listed at 6.5". I suspect it's just another re-branding of the same model. -Mark

In GEAR » BrassLite Folded Titanium Spork
July 23, 5:06pm

Re: Totally Offtopic, Roman....
UK £4 is approximately US$8.20. That's what the Google says, anyway. -Mark

In GEAR » Gear, Gear, Gear from the OutDoor fair
July 23, 8:52am

Re: Gear, Gear, Gear from the OutDoor fair
Thanks for the recon. Some of those GoLite tents look promising. And that canned cheeseburger looks simply delicious. -Mark

In GEAR » Gear, Gear, Gear from the OutDoor fair
July 23, 7:50am

Interesting idea--you don't see the guide thing very much on the east coast. A guided hike of the Long Trail is $2750... $10/mile. Good luck. Hope y'all get some satisfied customers. -Mark

July 22, 1:05pm

Re: Phantom
Alex, I'm not exactly sure, but I'm fairly sure it's a long. There's no indication on the bag itself. I measured the internal length measurement at right about 78-80". I'm ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Pack, Cape, Sleeping Bag, Rain Jacket
July 21, 7:22pm

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