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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: ULA Amp pictures
Oh, cool. Thanks Franco. -Mark

In GEAR » ULA Amp pictures
February 15, 9:05pm

Re: Re: MLD updated
Nice work, Ron. Very cool stuff. I've got my eye on the Zip pack, and I especially like the straightforward page that talks about the fabrics & other ingredients. -Mark

In GEAR » MLD updated
February 05, 8:05pm

Re: Re: best all around bivy set up.
Nice work, David!! -Mark

In Make Your Own Gear » best all around bivy set up.
January 27, 12:16pm

Re: Jam2 pictures and details
Cool. I like the added compression on the lower sides and at the bottom. Looks like there's some trimming potential there too. I bet you could get it down to 17-18 oz pretty easily. I'm not...

In GEAR » Jam2 pictures and details
January 27, 12:11pm

Re: copper dummy
I haven't seen the Backpacker Gear Guide, so I apologize if this is duplicate information. Anyway, the manufacturer website has some mildly detailed specs on the qu...

In GEAR » BMW Quilt Questions
January 27, 12:01pm

Re: carrying stuff in front
Nice listen. I'm looking forward to more BPL recordings. If I could make one nitpicky minor suggestion, I would make some strong cuts on the introductory material. You have to listen to about 1...

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Sub-3 on the PCT with Glen Van Peski
January 20, 9:56pm

Monsterpod for cameras--sticks to anything
I know this was brought up before about a year ago in the Photo sub-forum, but I think it's cool enough to mention again. The Monsterpod is a camera tripod that sticks to just about anything...

In GEAR » Monsterpod for cameras--sticks to anything
January 14, 11:44am

Re: Apple iPhone - Internet in your pocket
Yeah, it looks amazing. What really has me excited: -It's running OS X. Lots of potential for cool 3rd-party apps. -Even more importantly, this is just the first attempt! Remember the origina...

In GEAR » Apple iPhone - Internet in your pocket
January 11, 1:09am

Re: Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
The spandex will help if you're looking for more modesty, yes. But I don't think thru-hikers would have any problem with you showing a little leg. Things like that tend not to matter very m...

In GEAR » Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
January 08, 12:04am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
Good luck with the Baseline. Those pockets would drive me crazy, and I like a much shorter length. I use plain running shorts (a la GoLite Marathon or similar) in combination with a basic pair of s...

In GEAR » Questions regarding all layers of clothing for the AT in may/June
January 06, 9:37pm

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