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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: Re: Cat cut/flat cut tarp?
Thanks Vick for some great tips. -Mark

In Make Your Own Gear » Cat cut/flat cut tarp?
November 04, 1:28am

can I do that?
As seen above, he's just accessing a smaller image file, not necessarily a reducing it via html. Using "View > Source" in the IE toolbar, we can find his line of html, which looks like this: ...

In User Test Forum » test
October 29, 5:55am

Re: UNDERWEAR (Boxers/Briefs)
Check out cycle-style shorts [minus the padding, of course]. I think the trim fit helps keep chafing down, and they still look normal enough to wear without shorts over them. They can feel very nic...

In GEAR » UNDERWEAR (Boxers/Briefs)
October 27, 8:32am

Check out ProLite--Montbell, GoLite has some good sales right now. Montbell insulation, rarely on sale, is cut by about 25%, and the GoLite Momentum has been knocked from $250 down to $187. -Mark

In Gear Deals » Check out ProLite--Montbell, GoLite
October 24, 2:19pm

Re: Re: Re: light trek or stix PRO
I have a bit over 1000 miles on my LT+. I have no complaints that I couldn't find on other poles. As for flex: one time when I slipped, I had a pole plant, stick, and flex about 3-4" out of vertica...

In GEAR » light trek or stix PRO
October 23, 7:06am

Music--I know your pain
I have it even worse as a percussionist. I still haven't figured out how to strap a marimba or a set of vibes to my pack. There are plenty of non-pitch percussion instruments I could bring to shake...

In Make Your Own Gear » Home made kit.
October 20, 5:43am

Re: New ULA's
Ken, is it just coincidence that your P-1 is now up for sale? :] The new models do look pretty sweet, though. I have a feeling I'm going to have a great holiday season. -Mark

In GEAR » ULA New Packs for 2006
October 20, 1:57am

Re: Re: Gods, warriors---I like that
Great post, Ron. I think the "yuppie" label is a good one to recognize, and discard--thanks for saying that outright. Different means to different ends. Speaking of SUL gladiators, can we get st...

In GEAR » New SMD Pack
October 20, 1:35am

Re: Going without navigation aids
Excellent write-up, Ryan. [Note 1] Your comments on the idea of "engagement" and "real-time information" are right-on. It reminds me a bit of some thoughts on recreation by Ayn Rand. She mentions t...

In Editor's Roundtable » On Going Mapless in a Digital World: Engagement, Simplicity, and the Art of Real-Time Navigation
October 19, 12:29am

New SMD Pack
Six Moon Designs has a couple of prototype photos and description of a forthcoming pack. Panel-loading, top lid, side and hipbelt pockets, and more. 3000ci, 12oz, looks promising. Six Moon Designs...

In GEAR » New SMD Pack
October 16, 6:35am

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