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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: AT Ultralight Gearlist & Wanderlust
My main issue with the G6 would be volume and durability. I ate A LOT of food, easily 600-800ci for a 3-day load. I did not hike the entire AT. Should have made it clear earlier that I did the s...

In Gear Lists » AT Ultralight Gearlist
September 10, 11:37pm

Re: AT Ultralight Gearlist
My comments, from starting at Springer May 21 this year with the same itinerary: Pack is fine. There are lighter options, but I've never heard a bad thing about the P1, and it will surely hold u...

In Gear Lists » AT Ultralight Gearlist
September 10, 12:23pm

Re: INOV8 and Timberland Delerion Shoes
Two models of Inov8s are also available at I picked up my pair at a local REI store here in Atlanta. They only had one pair, looked like they were clearing inventory. -Mark

In GEAR » Inov8 and Timberland Delerion Shoes
September 04, 11:42am

Re: Inov8 and Timberland Delerion Shoes
I was surprised at how heavy the Inov8 Flyroc 310 model is, after all the sensationalism about 'trail slippers.' Not that I don't like them, I really really, really do. The fit is fantastic and the...

In GEAR » Inov8 and Timberland Delerion Shoes
September 02, 3:04pm

Re: Getting water in a 1L Platypus
I find that they fill more easily if I blow them up first. I try to keep them open with light pressure from each hand to prevent the sides from collapsing. Submersion in shallow streams can be very...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Getting water in a 1L Platypus
August 30, 6:58pm

Re: Re: Ultralight Hammock Camping
If you have trouble finding stout sticks, look near large spreads of deep forest duff. Simpsons fans will recognize Duff easily, a little smoother than others. -Mark

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hammock Camping
August 18, 1:40pm

Re: pillow talk
I usually don't use a pillow, and have never brought anything for that specific purpose. I'm usually a stomach sleeper, so I don't need the support. I am a very restless sleeper, though, so occasio...

In GEAR » Pillow Talk
August 13, 8:39pm

Re: Youth Participation in Wilderness Activities?
This is very interesting. I haven't read the book, but I think the comments about a lack of 'unstructured' time are dead-on. I remember being able to disappear into the woods behind my house for pr...

In Editor's Roundtable » Youth Participation in Wilderness Activities?
August 12, 9:29pm

Re: Re: Why Not?
Aha! Just as I suspected.

In User Test Forum » Why Not?
August 12, 9:14pm

Re: Note from Golite
So it's probably a good time to keep an eye out for Caves at clearance prices :] I agree with what the other posters said. If you invest a bit more work in the Cave, you'll get some more coverag...

In GEAR » Golite Lair 1 versus Cave 1
August 10, 1:53pm

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