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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: sewing silnylon
That's a cool idea. How do you [or do you] clean it up afterwards? Soap and water? Do you sew through the glue, or is it offset somehow? -Mark

In Make Your Own Gear » sewing silnylon
January 08, 12:30pm

Re: BPL "Readers Write" Monthly Magazine
This is a great idea. My thought would be to just make it into another separate forum called "Readers Writing" or something similar. BPL readers could put out a 'call for papers,' something like......

In On the Web » BPL "Readers Rag" Monthly Magazine
January 08, 12:27pm

Re: Beeline 900 modifications?
If the bag itself wraps around you without being too tight, then it should work fine as a quilt. The seams would probably only cost you about 1" of girth. My idea would be to first slice off the...

In Make Your Own Gear » Beeline 900 modifications?
January 08, 12:06pm

Montbell, GoLite Insulation
Whoops. Meant to post this about a week ago... Featured at GoLite Cumulus jacket - $125! Montbell UL Thermawrap jacket - $110 Montbell UL Down Inner jacket - $110 -Mark

In Gear Deals » Montbell, GoLite Insulation
January 06, 9:50pm

Re: Re: Re: Hammock warmth
It doesn't seem that hammocks are as widespread in the UL/SUL community as they are in the rest of the outdoor world. But that will hopefully change. A good resource for you to check out would be t...

In GEAR » UL hommock camping
January 06, 9:30pm

Re: Re: Ive got stubby legs... who makes pants for people who look taller sitting down?
I can't recommend any pants in particular, but hemming the cuffs is a pretty easy job. There's surely someone in your area that could do it for whatever you buy. -Mark

In GEAR » Ive got stubby legs... who makes pants for people who look taller sitting down?
January 03, 8:41pm

Re: Bulk Film Can as Pot
Pretty cool idea, I don't see why it wouldn't work. Can you share the dimensions of the containers? Looks like it could be pot-like enough for boiling, but still pan-like enough for some baking or ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Bulk Film Can as Pot
January 02, 1:37pm

Re: Essence-UL Revolution-Wait and See
Yes, it could be lighter [at some cost]. Now that that's out of the way, the Essence is probably best compared to its true peer group--rather than the miniaturized, feature-thin fringe. I enjoy...

In GEAR » Essence has arrived!!
January 02, 1:31pm

Re: Essence
Pretty slick. Looks like a great competitor in its peer group. I wonder if he'll have this one up for testing on BGT? PJ, (welcome back), I hope you'll give us a review if you get one. As for th...

In GEAR » Essence has arrived!!
January 02, 10:42am

Re: Re: Leki anti-shock problem. Help?
Leki has a good reputation for backing up their gear. If you can't figure it out easily, I don't think repair or replacement will be difficult at all if you contact them or your retailer. -Mark

In GEAR » Leki anti-shock problem. Help?
January 02, 8:25am

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