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Mark Verber (verber) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale San Francisco Bay Area
About Me I backpacked and climbed a lot from 1972 through the 1980s using a heavy-weight approach. In the 1990s other things filled my time. In 2001 I was again backpacking, but with a light weight approach. Most of my trips are to the sierras with a base weight normally around 9lbs.
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All Forum Posts by Mark Verber

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Re: ZPacks Hexamid questions
> wondering if the Hexamid could be pitched with two poles in a v shape in an emergency my immediate reaction is that this won't be helpful. The trailstar is certainly more protective fr...

In GEAR » ZPacks Hexamid questions
April 28, 5:33pm

Re: ZPacks Hexamid questions
the solo should give you plenty of room. mine doesn't have a beak, but I did get the "door". There have been a couple of storms I have been in that I would have gotten wet without...

In GEAR » ZPacks Hexamid questions
April 28, 3:57pm

Wool Button Down Come Back Around
It's funny... when I started backpacking in the 1970s a wool (or wool / nylon mix?) button-down was the standard shirt that everyone wore. I don't know that they were tailored, and I am su...

In GEAR » Wool Button Down Worn For 100 Days--Kickstarter Project
April 27, 1:26pm

Re: Hexamid Solo, Hexamid Solo Plus or SMD Skyscape-X
I have been using the hexamid since it was first released several years ago... this was before the beak (though I sometimes use the optional "door". Both Hexamid and the Skyscape-X are r...

In GEAR » Hexamid Solo, Hexamid Solo Plus or SMD Skyscape-X
April 24, 12:20pm

Re: Re: Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody - Tmp Gone
Patagonia treats the Cap 4 Hoody is a seasonal item. They product a run and sell in Fall & Winter... with a few that might linger into spring. Expect to see it back Sep or so. My understandin...

In GEAR » Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody
April 20, 9:07am

Re: Re: Best UL container/carrier/flask for whisky or scotch?
another +1 for platypus. The current .5l works though *I* wouldn't fill it up completely. The "Lil Nipper" is a perfect size though no-longer made. I have acquired a small stockpil...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Best UL container/carrier/flask for whisky or scotch?
April 19, 12:36pm

Re: Does anone still use tyvek as a ground cloth?
I haven't used tyvek for 8 years or so when I discovered GG polycro and then generic shrink wrap which is so much lighter and more compact. The two pluses of tyvek for me is that it's more...

In GEAR » Does anone still use tyvek as a ground cloth?
April 19, 12:21pm

Re: Re: Netting Floor for shelter. Any drawbacks??"
Like the others who have used a hexamid... didn't have a problem with debris in dry conditions, didn't have problems with condensation, but the netting floor in mud isn't a lot of fun. ...

In GEAR » Netting Floor for shelter. Any drawbacks??
April 16, 10:40pm

Re: Montbell Breeze Dry-Tec
I found Breeze Dry-Tec to be not as good as eVENT, in the same league as PacLite, and better than most of the other PU based fabrics. Of course, none of them compare to non waterproof / non-membra...

In GEAR » Montbell Breeze Dry-Tec
April 16, 7:19pm

A16 bug bivy
I used an A16 bug bivy for a couple of years. Wonderful when cowboy camping with flying bugs r under a tarp, would have been great if I ever stayed in a shelter. There was a downside mentioned ab...

In GEAR » Mosquitoes and lean-to
April 15, 9:32pm

All Reader Reviews by Mark Verber

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Sealskinz Ultra Grip Black Glove
I tried these for part of a season and gave up. My fingers often felt cold and damp. Deterity isn't as good as I would have expected given the modest thickness of these gloves. I hated them.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:22pm

Santa Cruz Down Works UL Down Balaclava
What to say. It's light. It's warm. It's reasonably priced compared to equiv. warm options. I mostly use this for sleeping with my quilt.

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
January 07, 6:16pm

Playpus 2L Big Zip
I find that I am more consistent in drinking when I use a hydration system. The BigZip is lighter than most other hydration systems, while still having a large opening which makes filling it easier. T...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
January 07, 6:11pm

Gossamer Gear Gorilla
A perfect size pack for most of my trips and handles my standard 15-25 lbs comfortably. The use of light weight stays and a foam sit pad provides excellent carry comfort. I mostly like the extra wide ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 07, 5:51pm

Patagonia R1 Hoody
With all the talk of this item, I can't believe that there are no reviews of this item. This is arguably the best base, or light mid layer for high aerobic winter sports. Made from PowerDry grid, ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
January 01, 11:21am

Trail Designs Caldera Stove
I am using the UL Caldera Cone with a MLD 850 pot. I use both alchohol and esbits, though I am using esbits more than I expect to. There are more fuel efficient / lighter stoves like the Ion. The...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 01, 11:02am

MLD 850ml Ti Mug
The MLD 850 rocks for simple solo cooking in the pot! The pot practically hold around 800ml which is plenty of room for anything I make for myself on a solo trip. There is room to boil water and to co...

In Cookware - Titanium
January 01, 10:38am

ZebraLight H51
This is the best headlamp I have used for backpacking... ever. It's light 1.2oz (3.5oz with battery and headband) headlamp that runs on a single AA batteries. It has 6 light levels from with go...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:23am

iTP A3 EOS Upgrade Edition
This is one of the best flashlight values: $20 for a high efficiency AAA flashlight with good regulation and a nice range of brightness settings (in lumens: 1.5 for 50h, 18 for 4h 80 for 55min). Thi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:16am

Zebralight H50
5/5 for camp lighting 3/5 trail hiking 2/5 if you really need to use it for challenging night time navigation The headlight is small, energy efficient, has good regulation, and a nice set of brig...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
January 01, 10:07am