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Randy Martin (randalmartin) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Colorado
About Me My primary pursuits are mountaineering (hiking with the goal of a summit) but I am beginning to re-kindle my love of Backpacking. In particular I have become a big fan of the Ultralight approach and love this website. I seem to be in a perpetual state of shelter/sleep system evaluation. My current setup for shelter is a GG SpinnTwinn with YMG Bug Bivy 1.0 (summer) or Katabatic Bristlecone Bivy(colder). Sleep system is Katabatic Chisos 40 degree quilt with Neoair short.
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All Forum Posts by Randy Martin

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Location and sounds
Location and sounds are the biggest factor in good sleep for me. Location-Level, near a stream (see sounds). I can't tell you how many times I think I have a level location only to find m...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Does anyone find they sleep LESS in the woods?
July 07, 3:17pm

Re: Pack it Gourmet
Their Jump Start Fruit Smoothie are Solid Gold for breakfast. Very easy to make (add water and shake) and they have a terrific taste and impressive nutritional profile.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Packit Gourmet- What dishes are your favorites?
June 28, 10:22pm

Re: inner for grace duo?
I have a GG SpinnTwinn. My thoughts are that once you start adding things like doors and floors, then you have abandoned the point of a Tarp and are best to utilize a shelter that is already made ...

In GEAR » inner for grace duo?
June 28, 8:01pm

Re: Arc blast pulling pack away from centre of gravity
"If the bag isn't packed evenly from top to bottom (say your quilt and mat are compressed in the bottom, and your food in the top is running low and there's room to spare) you find the...

In GEAR » Arc Blast vs. Blast
June 22, 3:21am

Re: Arc Blast vs. Blast
I own the Arc Blast and also own a frameless GoLite Jam. For me the Arc Blast carry's the same weight as my Jam but much more comfortably with a direct transfer to the hips. The Arc definitel...

In GEAR » Arc Blast vs. Blast
June 21, 8:38am

Re: getting closer
"Something on the lines of one of the air filled pillows WITH a soft surface on top, maybe the down idea OR something. Not sure. I may have to invent something, like the fella that used the...

In GEAR » Best lightest pillow recommendations
June 19, 11:52am

Re: Re: bivy @ Terry
"The solution is to get out a lot and figure out what works for each of us." The beauty of BPL forums is we get to build knowledge from the experience of others that do get a chance to...

In GEAR » When is a bivy sack necessary?
June 16, 8:31pm

Re: At what temp do you forego sleeping-specific insulation entirely?
Might want to check out this thread as well http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=78398 As I mentioned there, a 100% silk bag lin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » At what temp do you forego sleeping-specific insulation entirely?
June 13, 4:25pm

Re: At what temp do you forego sleeping-specific insulation entirely?
Good question. I have been thinking about the same thing recently for an SUL setup for summer. It's pretty easy to experiment at home which is exactly what I have done. Presumably your home ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » At what temp do you forego sleeping-specific insulation entirely?
June 12, 4:53pm

Re: Hexamid vs. Cirraform
I don't have either one but having owned front and side entry shelters I can unequivocally say front entry shelters are terrible IMO. Advantage Hexamid.

In GEAR » Lightest fully enclosed shelter for one - complete tent or tarp + bug net?
June 11, 11:10pm

All Reader Reviews by Randy Martin

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Katabatic Gear Bristlecone (Regular Length, Wide Width)
I have had the Bristlecone Bivy for a year and really appreciate the side zipper for ease of entry/exit. The mesh is just right for breathability and views. The stake out loops are nice when you wan...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
May 15, 6:03pm

Marmot Atom
The bag is true to it's 40 degree rating and when I sleep with insulating layers on I have comfortably slept in this bag down to the upper 20's. If you are cold in this bag at 50 then I suspe...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
May 31, 1:59pm