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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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Melanzana High Loft hoodie
I found out about this company from a post here on BPL. They use the exact same fabric that Patagonia uses in the R4 to produce a hoodie. Since they are local and make everything in Leadville I w...

In GEAR » R4 weight fleece jacket tall size advice
April 13, 8:27am

Re: Fish Oil Capsules
I think at some point you need to think about more than just counting calories. You need a broad spectrum of nutrients to fuel your body properly and that is best accomplished by consuming a varie...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Fish Oil Capsules
April 05, 12:48pm

Re: Vargo Container
Ken, on the opposite of the bottle are pre-marked ounce indicators.

In GEAR » Alcohol Storage Container - GoGo Squeez?
April 04, 1:32pm

Vargo Outdoors
My favorite storage container is from Vargo Outdoors (link below). It has clear markings for fluid oz and holds up to 8oz. http://www.vargooutdoors.com/backpacking-stoves/alcohol-fuel-bottle.ht...

In GEAR » Alcohol Storage Container - GoGo Squeez?
April 04, 9:56am

Re: Rx Sunglasses
Transitions tend to not be dark enough for me but i hike in the Alpine where protection from bright snow reflected light is very critical. But maybe the technology has improved in the last few yea...

In GEAR » Rx Sunglasses
April 02, 1:03am

Re: Another (probably stupid) wind shirt question
If you have read every thread on wind shirts then you should have a pretty good idea of how other people use it. My use of a windshirt 1] Drastically reduce heat loss from wind and allow me to ...

In GEAR » Another (probably stupid) wind shirt question
April 01, 6:27pm

Re: EXPED Symat UL failure - delaminating microfibre
I haven't had this issue either. Agree with the previous poster that it's something worth contacting Exped about because I think they would be interested in knowing and I am sure they woul...

In GEAR » EXPED Symat UL failure - delaminating microfibre
April 01, 3:33pm

Re: MSR piezo igniter vs. Mini Bic
Yes, but I think the benefit of the piezo lighter is that the spark is further away from your hand and therefore much less chance to get burned.

In GEAR » MSR piezo igniter vs. Mini Bic
April 01, 2:49pm

Re: FS: MLD Bug Bivy
What is your price? Is this the SilNylon version or Cuben?

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD Bug Bivy
March 31, 11:28am

Re: Re: PCT record attempt - need help/advice from the ultra runners
Sorry, but I have to agree with some of the other posts about the real objective here. I would step back and take a different look at Wilderness. Learn what it can do for you not what you can do....

In GEAR » PCT record attempt - need help/advice from the ultra runners
March 31, 11:25am

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