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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: GG SpinnTwinn in the wind
After posting I saw this thread That gives me some options if I opt to replace with carb...

In GEAR » GG SpinnTwinn in the wind
January 11, 5:47pm

GG SpinnTwinn in the wind
I have the SpinnTwinn and have the aluminum pole set you can buy with it. I have noticed that in wind or a tight pitch that they will flex under stress. I shot a video today to illustrate. You c...

In GEAR » GG SpinnTwinn in the wind
January 11, 4:40pm

What Greg says
Completely agree with what Greg says. I also wouldn't want to eat a certain way at home and then suddenly take a < 2 week backpack trip and eat a completely different way.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Daily calorie requirements for long term thru hikes?
January 11, 11:17am

Buff pulled over your Exped
The other tip I have found both effective and comfortable is pulling my buff over my Exped pillow. The Buff material feels much better against my face and at the same time makes the pillow more re...

In GEAR » how do you stop pillow sliding off sleeping mat
January 10, 5:20pm

Exped Synmat UL 7 question
Interested if anyone has used the Synmat UL 7 in winter conditions. Was it enough or did you need a thin piece of foam or reflective "blanket" under it for any additional warmth?

In GEAR » Exped Synmat UL 7 question
January 09, 1:22pm

Re: Re: FS: Patagonia R1 Hoody, Men's Small with Tags
I am 5'9" 150lbs and have the R1 Hoody Mens Small. It's a snug fit. Excellent piece of gear.

In Gear Swap » FS: Patagonia R1 Hoody, Men's Small with Tags
January 09, 1:17pm

Nemo Meta 1p
I know you have already ruled it out but I wanted to defend it a bit. I have owned one for 2years now and have been extremely pleased with it. It is basically a mid with a mesh side entrance from...

In GEAR » What's your favorite 3-season 1P tent?
January 07, 10:33pm

Re: Need Recommendations for 2-4 day trip

In Pre-Trip Planning » Need Recommendations for 2-4 day trip
January 07, 9:39pm

Need Recommendations for 2-4 day trip
I have to take a minimum of 2 weeks of vacation between now and the end of March. I normally don't backpack in the winter and so am looking at options near Colorado for a 2-4 day trip that wou...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Need Recommendations for 2-4 day trip
January 07, 6:20pm


In Gear Swap » FS: Backcountry Boiler with Firefelt $80 shipped CONUS
January 06, 2:12pm

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