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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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Tarptent Rainbow specs & pics
Shires has the new info and photos for the new Rainbow model...Check it out. -Mark

In GEAR » Tarptent Rainbow specs & pics
November 24, 6:31pm

Re: women's center of gravity
I definitely agree, from both the physics of the situation and what I've heard from fellow female hikers. -Mark

In GEAR » women's center of gravity
November 24, 6:18pm

blue rondo a la turkey
12.7.05 sounds good, I've really enjoyed seeing y'all think out loud for the winter set-up. Lots of learning on my part. I still like a previous poster's suggestion that RyJ himself put up a list. ...

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
November 23, 1:54pm

Re: Re: Re: FanaticFringe AlpineTrail Pack
I think you can feel it even with the belt hanging there. My experience is with the Golite Jam. A lot of times I'll just leave the hipbelt uncinched and flopping around just for variety. On longer ...

In GEAR » FanaticFringe AlpineTrail Pack
November 23, 1:42pm

Re: Re: FanaticFringe AlpineTrail Pack
What he said. I can definitely notice a difference between v-frame and empty sack, with or without hip belt. Just grab a pack and try it out and I think you'll feel the difference. Whether you like...

In GEAR » FanaticFringe AlpineTrail Pack
November 23, 1:07pm

Re: Re: New ULA's
As a further update, I notice that the "Products" tab on the ULA website has a space for "Axis Crampons"... no info yet, but hopefully soon. -Mark

In GEAR » ULA New Packs for 2006
November 21, 8:34am

Re: units in gear spreadsheet
I use pounds.decimals and oz.decimals so I look like I'm being progressive and metric without actually having to learn the 'other system.' The lbs,oz style drives me crazy, though. I'm slowly ge...

In Gear Lists » BPL Gear List Spreadsheet CONTEST
November 19, 10:55am

Re: speculation on cocoon top
Bob G:"I'm sure whatever it is doesn't have any zippers. Maybe it's a traditional crew-neck sweater design with an elastic neck and a trim fit? That might get it down to 6oz. Kinda like a quantum/p...

In GEAR » Teaser - New Cocoon
November 18, 12:18am

Re: more ideas - great!
Dimension-Polyant is a company that makes a pretty big variety of different sailing fabrics. I'm also curious about which specific fabric you put to use, Roger. Also, their website has some good ph...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pack strap construction - question for the gurus
November 17, 10:26am

Re: Re: Hooded, Insulated Synthetic Vest?
Good ideas, I'd just have to think of something to do with the sleeves afterward. Maybe some 1980s Flashdance-style legwarmers? :) I'd also thought of making a hooded insulated vest, and then addin...

In GEAR » Hooded, Insulated Synthetic Vest?
November 16, 1:07pm

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