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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: GoLite's new Trinity Fabric
Sounds like PR-speak. What makes it ideal? I don't think I'd want to use any waterproof pant as an all-weather item. But compared to the ID eVent pants, the price is great. Philip, I'...

In GEAR » GoLite's new Trinity Fabric
April 12, 9:28am

Re: New montbell gear... check it out
Welcome back, Ryan. The other day I was wondering what happened to you. I think the parka looks pretty cool. -Mark

In GEAR » New montbell gear... check it out
April 11, 8:54am

Re: Marmot Atom owners - Stuff sack question...please step in
The basic REI 7x15 silnylon sack will hold my Hydrogen snugly, so it should be a good fit for your Atom. Only $9 and 0.7oz. -Mark

In GEAR » Marmot Atom owners - Stuff sack question...please step in
April 09, 11:29am

Re: Your Avatar
Taken on a warm day in January 06 on a rock outcrop on the top of Sawnee Mountain, the hub of a local park. Used the timer on my trusty old Fuji Finepix A330. It's not really a spectacular shot...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
April 09, 11:24am

Re: Hammock build questions
You can go pretty light with the body fabric. A fellow BPLer has used some sort of superlight silk, I think in the .7-.9oz/yd2 range if I remember correctly. I think the fabric choice comes more in...

In Make Your Own Gear » Hammock build questions
April 07, 12:37am

Re: Where to buy goose down,spinnaker ripstop nylon?, for one. -Mark

In Make Your Own Gear » Where to buy goose down,spinnaker ripstop nylon?
April 05, 6:15pm

Re: largest wave ever ridden
Wow. I wish there was a way to figure out where that was. And how fast he was going. But I'll gladly stick to the trails, thanks! -Mark

In Chaff » largest wave ever ridden
April 04, 10:06pm

Re: Poncho Vs. Rain Jacket
Richard, I understand you. I think we still disagree on poncho belt philosophy, but that's no big deal :) I admit that I never thought about multi-purposing the belt for guyline use. Clever! -...

In GEAR » Poncho Vs. Rain Jacket
April 04, 8:54am

Re: Cuben Fiber Double Wall Tent
Cool project. I think the Spitfire is a good model, probably one of the more under-rated tents out there. I think one hard part will be keep all the doodads (webbing, zippers, loops, snaps, buckles...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Fiber Double Wall Tent
April 03, 10:24pm

Re: Poncho Vs. Rain Jacket
With today's options, it's hard to go wrong. I like a poncho, though because they're simpler, cheaper, and more ventilated. They also have more camp function, whether as primary shelter...

In GEAR » Poncho Vs. Rain Jacket
April 03, 10:20pm

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