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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: Bivy vs. Tarp Tent
Sounds like a great trip--what's the itinerary? I've also got a couple AT traverses in mind for the next few months. My leaning would be towards the TarpTent, probably the Virga2. Both the Tri...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking for light solo tent: your help needed
July 12, 12:13am

Re: walking form
Sorry for a late reply, I've been on the AT for the past month. I hope you'll share some more about 'chi-hiking' when you've had some time to try it out. Because I tend to do higher-mileage day...

In Philosophy & Technique » walking form
June 30, 3:05pm

FS GoLite Infinity (L)
I have a used Golite Infinity, size L. The color is solid black, max volume around 3300ci. The weight on my scale is 39.8oz = 31oz body + 5.7oz framesheet + 3.1oz lid. The bottom of mine has a ...

In Gear Swap » FS GoLite Infinity (L)
April 28, 11:20am

Need straps?
I've never felt the need for straps, and don't use them. [on GG LT+ model] When on flat ground, if I'm really bearing down on strapped poles, then I basically end up pushing myself too fast. I en...

In GEAR » Strap for new Stix Pro Hiking Poles
April 27, 8:35pm

Picking apart
Just a few comments, mostly agree with the previous posters. -If you love the pack, and I don't blame you, consider doing some trimming. Take a look at webbing, straps, and features that you do...

In Gear Lists » Pick it Apart... Please!
April 20, 8:21am

GG Keeper straps
I also having been using the GG LT+ poles. Generally you've only got about 3oz hanging from each keeper cord, which isn't too bad. I haven't had any problems with short-term dangling. The thin-n...

In GEAR » Strap for new Stix Pro Hiking Poles
April 16, 8:29pm

Hoods and Golite Models
The hood is very useful. I wear glasses & use a baseball-style cap, so the hood adds a little more drizzle & rain protection that I can adjust as needed. I recently spent about 48hrs straight wit...

In GEAR » Wind Jacket vs. Wind Shirt
March 18, 9:55pm

2004 Favorites
A couple standouts for me this year: -GoLite Jam: This one comes with me for long day hikes/runs, week-long trips, and just about everything in between. -Montane Featherlite or Litespeed: Ind...

In GEAR » Favorite Three Pieces of Gear Used in 2004?
December 29, 11:47am

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