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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: Spinnaker stops spinning
Yeah, I was one of the ones that bought the last iteration of the SpinnTwinn. I love it and it doesn't leak so I am not sending it back. The new fabric that Gossamer Gear is testing will be h...

In GEAR » Spinnaker stops spinning
October 23, 3:46pm

Re: Leave no trace
I completely agree with Tim.

In Editor's Roundtable » Tarp Camping Techniques for Inclement Conditions
October 18, 11:18am

Re: gloves/mittens
Actually Mittens over gloves makes a lot of sense. Generally you want to pull off the mittens when you need to do something with your hands that requires more dexterity without completely exposing...

In GEAR » gloves/mittens
October 17, 2:13pm

+1 on Snow Peak Double Wall 450 titanium cup
Aluminum is a terrible choice for keeping things hot. Nothing worse than making a hot drink and having the last half of the cup be cold by the time you drink it. Titanium is durable and light, ju...

In GEAR » Lightweight Coffee Cup Recommendations Please
October 12, 8:45am

Re: US Healthcare Spending - Who Pays?
The notion that everyone is entitled to extraordinary world class healthcare where multimillion dollar machines are deployed in every hospital is not sustainable. The level of healthcare that is s...

In Chaff » US Healthcare Spending - Who Pays?
October 09, 11:58pm

Bitterroot hood
I would echo the earlier comment "in my experience, the hood in the bitterroot was major disappointment - just too big and unwieldy considering that it is nonadjustable" I was in the G...

In Editor's Roundtable » Down Jacket Shoot-out: GoLite Bitterroot vs. Rab Infinity
October 07, 10:39pm

Enlightened Equipment
I would seriously take a look at Enlightened Equipment Quilts. The prodigy line uses Climashield APEX synthetic insulation and is priced very nicely. They do great work from all of the rave revie...

In GEAR » Help me build a 3-season synthetic sleep system
September 28, 9:53am

Re: Re: Det
"I always thought the reason that manufacturers said not to wash a down bag had to do with the oils on the down, and the damage to down that remains wet. First, washing a bag removes the natur...

In GEAR » question about a down bag that has been machine washed (without my consent)
September 26, 3:35pm

Re: Would I regret using a 32 degree bag in sub zero temps?
Without knowledge of the specific bag/mfg it's hard to say how truthful the temp ratings are. For bags rated using the standardized EN 13537 scale the bag rating is based on a standard man at ...

In GEAR » Would I regret using a 32 degree bag in sub zero temps?
September 25, 4:36pm

Re: In Denver- Want to do some ultralight weekend trips in Colorado this fall?
Interesting that you are doing the Buffalo Peaks loop. I love that area and am planning a loop there the weekend of Oct 13/14 (Sat/Sun) or 19/20 (Fri/Sat). I would also echo the Lost Creek Wilder...

In Pre-Trip Planning » In Denver- Want to do some ultralight weekend trips in Colorado this fall?
September 25, 12:21pm

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