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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: Treking Pole Length advice
Christopher: For your reference, I ordered 120cm poles from GG. Mine are actually a total length of 48 3/4in or 123.8cm. So I got about 1.5in of "bonus" length from the handles and tips, and you pr...

In GEAR » Treking Pole Length advice
October 14, 2:01pm

Re: a good nights sleep - plan for next time
Bob G: Glad you have a plan together. Head support is a good one, I should have put that at number six for my list. Like you decided, I also keep my head on my shoes. I usually lap my sleeping pad...

In Chaff » A good night's sleep
October 13, 10:49am

Re: A good night's sleep
There are hundreds that swear by hammocks as the ultimate in comfort. My hammocking has only gone as far as the backyard, but it's something you may want to look into. You could also look into one ...

In Chaff » A good night's sleep
October 12, 12:28pm

Re: Re: Golite Ether hood size
Ditto Alex' comments. I've got the same body type and my size medium is filled up. Also note that the arm cuffs are pretty snug. Head volume is fine, and I think it's a nice cut and design. Neck l...

In GEAR » Golite Ether hood size
October 10, 12:47am

Re: Layering of clothes/Windshirt
Typically I wear a windshirt over the baselayers while active. Whether you put it over both shirts or just one depends on what the temperature and weather are like. In clear weather, while active, ...

In GEAR » Layering of clothes/Windshirt
October 09, 5:45am

re:outdoor careers
Don't forget about more technical fields that may help you out. I'm thinking along the lines of textile engineering, industrial design, fashion design/ sewing, computer modeling... Those could help...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Carrers in the outdoors
October 07, 6:06am

Re: Re: Re: Re: $260-00 BMW Arc sleeping bags
Sorry, Paul and anon. The thread drift is completely my fault. Economics is 'my thing,' so I tend to veer off in that direction at times. One of my friends is like that about sports... Ryan, and...

In GEAR » $260-00 BMW Arc sleeping bags
October 06, 8:59am

Re: Re: $260-00 BMW Arc sleeping bags
Borders are arbitrary; humanity wins when resources are used efficiently. Further response is probably better left for the Chaff forum. That said, I'd be glad to get a quality BMW Arc down quilt fo...

In GEAR » $260-00 BMW Arc sleeping bags
October 06, 7:45am

Re: Re: re. Epic tents and bivys---correction
Hey Benjamin: How about [Pertex] Equilibrium? Heh heh... -Mark

In GEAR » Henry Shires upcoming shelters
September 30, 6:38pm

Re: most efficient fast walking technique
I'd agree with the approximate "walk < 5mph < run" split. Both techniques have their place, sort of depends on if I'm out fastpacking or out hiking. And that relates to the equipment I brought, esp...

In Philosophy & Technique » most efficient fast walking technique
September 18, 10:00pm

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