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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: Re: Gossamer Gear Miniposa released
Grant, I sent you an e-mail. After a minor postponement for a road trip, I will start the Appalachian Trail on Sunday April 22nd. Can't wait! -Mark

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Miniposa released
April 21, 1:00am

Re: Sahale tights, where to buy?
All mens sizes are in stock and for sale on the Sahalie website. I don't know of any other retailers off-hand. Only $10! -Mark

In GEAR » Sahale tights, where to buy?
April 20, 11:41am

Re: Spinnaker tarp tie outs ripping
Thanks for that info, Ron. I also wish manufacturers would offer more small-scale detail shots. I'd rather have too much info (easily navigated) than too little. -Mark

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp REVIEW
April 20, 11:35am

Re: Browser Code Analysis
Yep, that's pretty sad. Perhaps a few messages via their contact form will let them know to get it fixed. -Mark

In GEAR » New montbell site
April 20, 11:32am

Re: Quick question - reapiring sleeping bag rip
I got a 1-inch rip in a Mountain Hardwear Phantom bag. I just grabbed some thread & needle and stitched it up. Nothing fancy. Kind of ugly. I don't know the name of the stitch, I just went ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Quick question - reapiring sleeping bag rip
April 20, 9:43am

Re: Gossamer Gear Miniposa released
Oh, that's perfect. Wish this were available right now. I suppose I'll have to wait until after my thru-hike--don't you just hate it when actual hiking interferes with gear lust? -Mark

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Miniposa released
April 19, 8:52am

Re: OR Ion Windshirt?
I haven't had enough foul-weather experience with my OR Ion to give a final verdict, but I really like it so far. Size medium was 3.5oz out of the box. As for sizing, I normally wear medium/...

In GEAR » OR Ion Windshirt?
April 14, 10:02am

Re: Re: 24 Hour White Mountain Hut Traverse
Sounds like an awesome challenge. It looks well thought out, but I'd have to second Doug's recommendation for lighter poles. I love my Lightreks. You might also want to consider the Equinox...

In Gear Lists » 24 Hour White Mountain Hut Traverse
April 14, 8:58am

Re: Pictures wanted for GWL Highlight Reel
Andy, I'd suggest doing a search on Flickr, the popular photo sharing website. You can do an Advanced Search and look for photos using a Creative Commons license--basically, people willing to s...

In Photo Gallery » Pictures wanted for GWL Highlight Reel
April 13, 12:28pm

Montrail 40% off at STP
Sierra Trading Post has a good selection of Montrail shoes on sale right now. Susitna, Mountain Mist, Odyssey, Hardrock, Continental Divide models. Most of the models are 40% off or more, and there...

In Gear Deals » Montrail 40% off at STP
April 13, 11:04am

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