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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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Polycryo vs Zpacks Cuben Groundsheet
I currently have polycryo and it mostly works fine. As for wind performance I think a few well placed rocks along the edges generally hold in place. I do admit to being intrigued by the multipurp...

In GEAR » Best UL groundsheet
February 04, 5:07pm

Re: ZPacks Frankenstein Groundsheet Pancho Bivy
Sorry, I didn't realize that it would actually retain the function of a Poncho after the modification. If it does then you have tremendous piece of multi-use kit. Best of luck! Looking forwar...

In Make Your Own Gear » ZPacks Frankenstein Groundsheet Panco Bivy
February 04, 12:46pm

My only question is why buy and sabotage the Poncho which is heavier. Instead you could have just used the straight zPacks cuben groundsheet which is almost 2oz lighter for the same thing?

In Make Your Own Gear » ZPacks Frankenstein Groundsheet Panco Bivy
February 04, 11:23am

At that price you can rest assured those are NOT Merino wool and are worthless garbage. You would be itching you face all day. You get what you pay for in this case. Better to get something li...

In Gear Deals » $2.99 Wool Balaclavas
January 31, 3:29pm

My feedback
My buying habits depend a bit on what I am buying. If I am buying a product that is produced by a big name then typically I will purchase at REI or will purchase online where price and reputatio...

In GEAR » From the owner of - What traits do BPL members consider important in an online gear shop???
January 30, 12:52pm

Excellent video
Nice job Ryan. While I don't have a son, I do have a teenage daughter and can empathize with the lack of interest by today's youth in outdoor activities because of the "inconvenience&...

In Editor's Roundtable » Boys in the Wild (Short Film)
January 30, 8:37am

Re: Re: Syn/down sleep system
Tim at Enlightened Equipment recently responded to a question I posed about using two quilts in winter instead of one. His advice was to put the lower rated quilt on top (i.e., a 40 degree) and th...

In GEAR » Syn/down sleep system
January 25, 12:45pm

What size please?

In Gear Swap » FS: R1 Hoody
January 24, 7:03pm

Shorter Trips
Fortunately my job allows me to work from home and live where I want (Colorado). That allows me to be in wilderness within 90 minutes. Having said that work and family constraints don't allow...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How often do you hike or backpack?
January 24, 8:31am

Re: Australia's Great South Coast Walk
Wow, beautiful pictures Amy! I always imagine camping on the beach to be a dreadful with sand getting into everything (especially if windy). Was that the case? Any other things you were glad...

In Post-Trip Reports » 35 Days in New South Wales, Australia
January 23, 4:46pm

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