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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: Toothpaste as anti-Ivy
I hear toothpaste also works well on drying out and relieving bug bites and zits, especially the toothpaste w/ baking soda. -Mark

In Multiple Use Gear » Toothpaste as anti-bacterial? Antibacterial properties of toothpaste..
October 02, 8:30pm

Re: Re: Sleeping bag won't fit into my backpack
Synthetic bags like the Laze will take up far, far more space than an equivalent warmth down bag--I'm guessing the Laze will completely fill a stuffsack around 700-800ci. And the G5 has only 2800ci...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag won't fit into my backpack
October 01, 9:21pm

Re: moutainlaurel designs taking a break
I kept waiting and waiting for his order volume and lead times to go down, so I wouldn't have to wait as long to get my stuff after I paid. Wrong move, I guess--he's just too popular these days! I ...

In GEAR » moutainlaurel designs taking a break
September 30, 5:30pm

Re: Climashield - COMBAT - Quilt
Bill, I expect it will easily get down to 45 when you arrive over here. As you know, Suches is just down the hill from Woody Gap, so it's a good spot to get a guess on the weather for the stretch o...

In Make Your Own Gear » Climashield COMBAT for MYOG
September 29, 7:52am

Re: You say neutrino, I say muon, lets call the whole thing off!
I've got this windshirt made from strings only about a Planck length thick; it actually absorbs the wind into 10-dimensional space. Well, this is all theoretical right now, but man, is it sweet....

In Make Your Own Gear » Help with my first quilt
September 21, 9:42pm

Re: oops?
I just like to give folks a heads up when dealing with online files that aren't HTML. No big deal, no dramatic inconvenience done on my end [thank you, Firefox]--I just wanted others to know. Ye...

In Make Your Own Gear » nightlight pad modification
September 21, 9:29pm

Re: nightlight pad modification
Watch out, folks. That's a blind link to a PDF: It's a bit odd that he punched all those holes, but didn't bother to round th...

In Make Your Own Gear » nightlight pad modification
September 20, 8:39pm

Re: AM taste
Personally, I really *like* the AM taste. Kind of refreshing. Maybe it's just me, though... Based on my own experience, I think the strength of the flavor has to do with the volume of the dosage, t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » I can "taste" Aqua Mira?
September 19, 3:26am

GoLite Virga now available
I noticed tonight that the awaited GoLite Virga is now available for sale on the GoLite's website. They are claiming 8oz for a size large. At only $80, it could be a strong contender. -Mark

In GEAR » GoLite Virga now available
September 17, 8:20pm

Re: Making a rain kilt/skirt?
Etowah Outfitters makes a silnylon rain kilt. It is essentially a finished tube with an elastic waist. I looked at it in person once. I doesn't have pleats, but I can't remember if it had a slit or...

In Make Your Own Gear » Making a rain kilt/skirt?
September 17, 6:56pm

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