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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: SUL Daypack
That's a good idea. However, looking at the pictures on the website it doesn't appear the hip belt can be removed. It appears sewn directly to the pack. They do offer the Multi-Pack - 4 ...

In GEAR » ZPacks Arc Blast - Preliminary Observations
February 27, 10:39am

Re: Re: I agree- a bit heavy for most UL uses
"Outside mesh pockets - specifically front pockets are a strange phenomenon. They snag on brush, tear easily, and hold gear away from one's center of gravity. Not to mention you STILL have...

In Editor's Roundtable » Deuter ACTLite 40+10 Spotlite Review
February 26, 10:08pm

Re: ?
Good questions. Something seems a little weird here. Why are there two threads selling the same stuff?

In Gear Swap » FS: Thru-hike gear!
February 26, 8:21pm

ZPacks Arc Blast - Preliminary Observations
Interested to hear more feedback from Arc Blast customers. What options did you go with? I am curious to see some pictures of one with one of the belt pouches. Hard to get a since of the...

In GEAR » ZPacks Arc Blast - Preliminary Observations
February 26, 6:57pm

Re: Starlyte vs 12-10
Curious if the Starlyte would work better in the Caldera Keg-F setup as well?

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Starlyte stove
February 26, 10:30am

Probably saved the Tent
The wind event sounds like some micro burst and may have been strong enough that if somehow it was absolutely secured to the ground/tree that the tent may have been severely damaged. In that case,...

In GEAR » Grand Canyon Trip Report: Lessons Learned -Flying Tents, Ursack Minor Failures, LT4 Repairs
February 25, 7:21pm

Re: Oily skin and down bags
You need to wash your bag periodically. Synthetic still utilizes lofted fibers that can be degraded by your body oils. I know some people are concerned that washing is going to ruin their bag, bu...

In GEAR » Oily skin and down bags
February 24, 4:29pm

Aerobic vs Anaerobic
If you do any research on Aerobic (Low to Moderate intensity) vs Anaerobic (high intensity) and how your body works in each case you learn that your body is vastly more efficient in an Aerobic stat...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Energy dense food for hiking
February 24, 9:36am

Re: Strength training to lighten the load
No doubt strength training is very important and will allow you to carry the same load with less effort. In addition, being stronger will help prevent injury. Just make sure you include core stre...

In Philosophy & Technique » Strength training to lighten the load
February 23, 6:34pm

Examples of "Stupid Heavy"
I thought I create a new thread to look at the opposite side of the Stupid Light thread. What examples can you share of going Stupid Heavy. I'll offer up a couple of my own examples. 1] ...

In GEAR » Examples of "Stupid Heavy"
February 21, 7:57pm

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