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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: Superfeet Blue or Green?
I like the green models, which seem to have a bit more aggressive support and seems less fatiguing on long days. I also like the volume, which helps to keep a snug fit around the heel pad and lock ...

In GEAR » Superfeet Blue or Green?
August 08, 10:05pm

Re: MH P45
I own the Phantom 45, and I'm pretty confident I probably stretch it down to 35 with a good set of 3-season clothing. I'm not so thrilled with the bag's fabric, but the hood is wonderfully cut and ...

In GEAR » I need help with a bag...WM Highlite or BA Zirkel?
August 03, 11:29pm

Re (7): Excel Gear Spreadsheet
Thanks for the clarification, Paul. I discovered that part of the reason I wasn't seeing the precision was because my cell sizes weren't large enough to display all the digits. [sheepish grin] -Mark

In GEAR » Excel Gear Spreadsheet
July 27, 12:25pm

Re: Excel Gear Spreadsheet
Agreed, well done. Thanks again, David. About the rounding: I think you were able to 'lose weight,' because grams are expressed in whole numbers; whereas, your oz and lbs were probably decimal...

In GEAR » Excel Gear Spreadsheet
July 26, 10:36pm

Re: altering and sewing bike shorts
Yeah! I wear mine inside-out, too, to avoid the seams. An added bonus is that the inside is a little less sheeny-shiny than the outside face. -Mark

In GEAR » bike shorts for hiking
July 26, 3:09pm

Re: bike shorts
I like bike-style shorts, too. Aside from the reduction in chafing, I've found that they're a lot breezier than the typical nylon shorts, a benefit of a knit v. a woven fabric. This is a boon in s...

In GEAR » bike shorts for hiking
July 25, 9:26pm

Re: Summer Layering System
Most of my hiking is done in north Georgia, and I think you're on the right track. My basic summer clothing is something like: Wear: Cap Thin t-shirt or sleeved shirt Running shorts Thin so...

In GEAR » Summer Layering System
July 25, 1:03pm

Re: synthetic briefs
I'm sold on synthetic underwear. My old cotton stuff just doesn't satisfy anymore. I've had good luck with the Wal-Mart boxer-briefs. I think they're under the label InSport, or something like ...

In GEAR » synthetic briefs
July 22, 11:12pm

Re: 'nother spreadsheet
Thanks for the spreadsheet, David. It gives me some ideas for re-tooling my own. -Mark

In GEAR » Excel Gear Spreadsheet
July 22, 10:56pm

Re: half the weight?
Hmm. I was just thinking: Perhaps you could ditch the mummy liner and the ground cloth--then replace it with a soft-top bivy, like an Equinox or BMW model. It won't have the same 'snuggle value' a...

In Gear Lists » 13 oz Gear List
July 18, 11:28pm

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