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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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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

Re: FS Marmot EcoPro 15 Sleeping Bag $80
Resurrection. Bag has been sitting stored uncompressed in it's cotton storage sack. While too heavy for my backpacking needs, it would work well as a bag for car camping, a canoe/raft trip ...

In Gear Swap » FS Marmot EcoPro 15 Sleeping Bag
December 23, 5:57pm

Re: Mid vs Tarp
My original purpose in raising this was trying to decide whether to continue with the Tarp/Bivy combination or make the move to a Mid. I think the other big advantage of the Tarp/Bivy combo for me...

In GEAR » Mid vs Tarp
December 18, 10:14am

Mid vs Tarp
Interested in your opinions of a Tarp vs MLD Solomid for regular 3 season use. For comparison purposes, I have a GG SpinnTwinn which is 11oz in its stuff sack including line locs. I know the basi...

In GEAR » Mid vs Tarp
December 17, 10:45pm

Re: Pitching Bivy without Tarp
I would just use your smaller CF pole and run a bungee cord from the Bivy, wrapped around the pole and hooked onto your stake. Lashing a stake directly to your pole would not be very strong and co...

In GEAR » Pitching Bivy without Tarp
December 17, 10:38pm

Re: Re: Re: Weight?
Yep, 40oz packed. I have had a Nemo Meta 1p for 2 years now and it's my shelter for shorter trips where weight isn't a premium. The tent is outstanding. The key is guying out the ends an...

In Gear Swap » FS: Two Nemo Meta 1P solo trekking pole tents
December 13, 10:49am

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