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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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Hooded, Insulated Synthetic Vest?
After searching around on the internet I'm guessing the answer is 'no,' but... does anyone know of a company that makes a synthetic insulated vest with a hood? I'm thinking something like Nunatak's...

In GEAR » Hooded, Insulated Synthetic Vest?
November 16, 7:00am

Re: Re: Who uses/hates the umbrella?
They work about as well as they do in the city, i.e. find if you have other rain protection, it's not too windy, and you have another place to get dry. I share Inaki's appreciation for the psyschol...

In GEAR » Who uses/hates the umbrella?
November 16, 6:50am

Re: What is your favorite lightweight stove?
There are quite a few good alcohol stove choices. I like the SuperCat alcohol stove, and I think your pot will be wide enough to use it well. It's .2oz for the stove, and I add another .3oz for foi...

In GEAR » What is your favorite lightweight stove?
November 12, 8:23pm

Re: Re: Forum Updates/Feedback Request
RSS stands for Rich Site Summary, or sometimes noted as Really Simple Syndication. It allows web users to see new headlines or information tickers without actively browsing. Sort of like how you ca...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » New Posts Since Last Visit
November 12, 6:34am

Re: thanks
Here's an idea: snap the ponchos as much as possible. You'll have about a .5-1" overlap. Then, fold this overlap as if you were making a felled seam. Two layers become four layers. If you have e...

In GEAR » rigging up siamese poncho tarps?
November 10, 9:47pm

Re: Anyone used SD Wicked Fast Bag?
I've examined the bag in the store, but never used it in the field. It's a pretty simple piece. All down on top, all single-layer nylon on the bottom. I prefer a small torso pad + backpack to sleep...

In GEAR » Anyone used SD Wicked Fast Bag?
November 10, 5:05am

Re: Re: Delta longevity
That's pretty cool, Joe. I hope you can find those numbers, and share them if you do. Do you recall any of the varieties of insulation standing out in any way, whether good or bad? -Mark

In GEAR » Micro Puff Jacket vs.U.L.Thermawrap Parka
November 08, 10:56am

Re: Pack recommendation for 10 day hikes
Not exactly sure of your volume needs, but I think you're on the right track with the Starlite at 1.5lbs. A couple of other packs come to mind for high-end performance and durability. ULA has a ...

In GEAR » Pack recommendation for 10 day hikes
November 08, 10:04am

Re: Re: Re: Re: MyNew could be better...
I'll second Paul's "Search by Poster" idea. It's been very helpful in other web forums. -Mark

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » New Posts Since Last Visit
November 08, 9:42am

Re: Re: how to make a thumb nail
Ryan- I believe your second guess is correct. There are two versions of the same photo--one smaller one to display in the forum, and the link takes the reader to the original larger version. Tha...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Photo file size
November 08, 9:40am

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