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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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Re: Re: Quick Liner Glove Question
The other problem with wool liners are they don't grip anything well. Fingerless are a good option in summer if you want something to grip poles with.

In GEAR » Quick Liner Glove Question
February 16, 9:06pm

Re: Backpacking Magazine $4.50/ year for 2 years
It's a decent magazine if you use it mainly as research for possible hiking destinations. Otherwise I find it too focused on traditional backpacking and sensationalist type stuff (i.e., top 10...

In Gear Deals » Backpacking Magazine $4.50/ year for 2 years
February 15, 12:15pm

Poncho and Windshirt are two separate pieces
I don't see how you can have a legit Poncho that functions very well as a windshirt. One the points of a poncho is that they are airy and relatively open (not a good property for a windshirt)....

In GEAR » Breathable windshirt vs Frogg Toggs poncho? & as an aside, Zpacks fanny pack
February 14, 11:58am

Re: Comparison to Skyscape Scout
These are just observations based on online information because I have not ever owned a Skyscape. The biggest differences appear to be 1] They both are about 100" long inside but the Nemo i...

In Gear Deals » Nemo Meta 1p $147 at REI
February 14, 8:27am

Re: Ordered!
Feel free to PM me Kevin if you have any trouble getting a solid pitch with your Meta 1p. I think the biggest advantage of the Meta would be the side entrance and enormous vestibule.

In Gear Deals » Nemo Meta 1p $147 at REI
February 14, 1:08am

Re: Eddie Bauer
Did you get her number?

In GEAR » Eddie Bauer
February 13, 6:52pm

Re: Nemo Meta 1p $147 at REI
Agreed. I have this Tent available for shorter trips where I am willing to take the weight penalty over my SpinnTwin. Works well for Tall people as well with it's 100" length as long as ...

In Gear Deals » Nemo Meta 1p $147 at REI
February 13, 10:02am

Exped Schnozzel is also a pack liner
The schnozzel has 45L capacity which functions very well as a waterproof pack liner. And you don't need a pack cover for rain protection if you can fit most all of your contents inside your pa...

In Multiple Use Gear » Exped Schnozzel is also a pack liner
February 13, 8:24am

Re: re: vest
"Sadly I dont think im going to be in the 5 pound range anymore unless I keep using my CCF. Still I am at 6.43 pounds, and once I add a down jacket ill be around 6.9 pounds for a kit thats pr...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » SUL gear list, how does it look?
February 13, 8:16am

Re: Bottoms "?"
I know I am personally looking at getting the Zpacks Poncho Groundsheet myself and plan to take my GoLite Tumalo rain pants as well. Having hiked last year when I had my Golite Poncho, I didn'...

In Gear Lists » Thoughts on Rain Gear (JMT)
February 12, 1:59pm

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