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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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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

Re: Re: Re: Ordered mine
Yes, mine has the roll top. To me there isn't really much difference. The roll top has a velcro like closure then you roll it down. With a draw cord (like on my GoLite Jam) I roll it down af...

In GEAR » zpacks Arc Blast vs Blast? New packs?
June 06, 10:04pm

Re: Ordered mine
I just received mine a couple of days ago. It's the version just before he started seam taping but it does have the horizontal stabilizer at the top. I added one side pocket and one shoulder ...

In GEAR » zpacks Arc Blast vs Blast? New packs?
June 06, 8:11pm

Ahnu Elkridge
go tryout a pair of Ahnu Elkridge boots at REI. They are eVent and breath incredibly well, are fairly light for boots and are extremely comfortable. I own a pair and love them. Even better, they...

In GEAR » Lightweight Mid Hiking Boot
May 27, 9:20pm

I'll take it if still available
I'll take it if it is still available.

In Gear Swap » FS: JetBoil Sol Ti
May 27, 7:45am

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