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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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2013 Plans
1] 2-3 short backpack trips (2-3 nights each). Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, South Fork of the Conejos River loop, Indian Peaks Wilderness are just some of the locations I am looking at. 2] Hike/Cl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 2013 Plans
December 31, 9:55pm

R2 is a much better option than a Nanopuff
Dave I am completely with you. I owned a Nanopuff for a while but quickly concluded that it simply doesn't breath well enough. I frequently found myself sweating in the conditions/temps that ...

In GEAR » Am I nuts,the Nanopuff doesnt work for me?Is the praise just hype?
December 31, 9:39pm

Re: Nuanced Details....
"Moreover, they seem (as far as I can tell, and someone correct me if I'm wrong) that they aren't meant to be drawn up completely sealed under you. That bottom opening simply doesn'...

In GEAR » Quilt Suggestion for Newbie
December 29, 10:28pm

Re: Re: Quilt Suggestion for Newbie
I would second the recommendation for Katabatic Gear Alsek or Sawatch. Always better to have a healthy margin for error. I have the Chisos Regular and it is true to its temp rating for me and I a...

In GEAR » Quilt Suggestion for Newbie
December 29, 3:34pm

Bivy and a Book
MLD Bug Bivy and the official Colorado Trail Guide (8th edition).

In GEAR » So, What did Santa Bring his Ultra Light Helpers this Year?
December 27, 7:55pm

Price Drop: Marmot EcoPro 15 Sleeping Bag $60
Bump for price drop.

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot EcoPro 15 Sleeping Bag
December 26, 11:31pm

Re: Downmat UL vs Synmat UL
If you use the Schnozzel then there is really zero advantage to the Synmat other than weight in which case the huge improvement in R value makes the Downmat a no brainer IMO. The Schnozzel prevent...

In GEAR » Downmat UL vs Synmat UL
December 26, 11:05am

Price Drop: Marmot EcoPro 15 Sleeping Bag $70
$70 shipped CONUS or actual shipping cost for anywhere outside the CONUS.

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot EcoPro 15 Sleeping Bag
December 24, 9:57pm

Re: Re: Try an alky
Not sure what's not to get about a Jetboil, it's a convenience/performance vs weight tradeoff. it boils much faster, no priming the stove and no measuring of fuel. If you are car campi...

In GEAR » Having hard time justifying the weight of a jetboil
December 24, 10:09am

Re: Having hard time justifying the weight of a jetboil
Alcohol stoves are lighter weight but unless you are doing a long thru hike I love the convenience and efficiency of a jetboil. You don't say which model you have since I know the lightest mod...

In GEAR » Having hard time justifying the weight of a jetboil
December 23, 11:14pm

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