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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: 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

Re: Spinnsheet: why use it?
I find the ability to have a place to set and organize things makes a groundsheet very helpful. Just keeps things dry, clean and easy to find. It provides some protection for an air mattress (lik...

In GEAR » Spinnsheet: why use it?
May 21, 6:35pm

Re: The Case Against Wood Fires
I am not a fan of wood fires for a much simpler reason. I hate the smell of smoke. It's like glue and sticks to everything. Is there a certain beauty and peace in watching a wood fire burn, ...

In Philosophy & Technique » The Case Against Wood Fires
May 21, 7:55am

Hike Stronger and Lighter
I would make sure you are doing significant core strengthening exercises and resistance work doing Olympic lifts (Dead Lift and Squats) That will ensure that you can carry weight without having to ...

In GEAR » Backpacking and anterior pelvic tilt
May 19, 10:33pm

Sleep Clothing
My first reaction is that I would never sleep in boxer shorts and t-shirt. One of the cardinal rules of cold weather camping is to wear at least some of your insulated clothing/base layers to slee...

In GEAR » Exped Synmat UL 7 felt "cool" under hips at 5-8 deg C
May 19, 10:17pm

I am interested
Keep us posted on your efforts and availability. Great idea for a river crossing/camp wear as well.

In Make Your Own Gear » FINALLY...A minimalist sandal that works!
May 07, 10:02pm

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