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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: meta 1p
The Meta 1p is a great tent. I got one when they first came out. Huge room inside, huge vestibule for a 1p tent

In Gear Deals » nemo meta 1 p 50% off at
November 23, 12:35pm

Re: Re: So who else is going to wait and not buy an insulatig jacket this year?
Agreed Eugene. It can be very tempting to buy highly specific gear that might see a handful of uses a year when a small compromise will get the job done. Just tonight I talked myself out of using...

In GEAR » So who else is going to wait and not buy an insulatig jacket this year?
November 20, 9:49pm

Re: Mountain town/city advice: Future move
What are your priorities? Certain Cons you listed are consequences of living in a small mountain community anywhere (i.e., high prices of food, isolated socially, poor job prospects etc...). I ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Mountain town/city advice: Future move
November 19, 3:40pm

Re: Golite Bitterroot Hood
"Most UL Alpine belay parkas have non-adjustable hoods because it's a feature climbers want. The Bitterroot's voluminous hood is not only meant to fit over a helmet, but to also act as...

In Gear Deals » Golite Bitterroot 850 Fill Down Jacket $149.99
November 15, 5:16pm

Re: Golite....Flawed design
Yeah, it's possible that it will fit certain folks. My assessment was made based on trying on a Men's Small in my local GoLite store. I may go back and see if I wear a couple of caps if t...

In Gear Deals » Golite Bitterroot 850 Fill Down Jacket $149.99
November 15, 3:25pm

Re: Golite....Flawed design
Sadly the Bitterroot has a completely flawed hood. It is designed to fit over a helmet but then doesn't offer any ability to dial in the fit when not wearing a helment. The consequence is tha...

In Gear Deals » Golite Bitterroot 850 Fill Down Jacket $149.99
November 15, 1:30pm

Re: still
Corey, I am very interested but can't afford it at the moment. If you are unable to sell it I will probably be able to buy it next month.

In Gear Swap » For Sale- Katabatic Sawatch quilt
November 14, 10:35am

Re: Re: Worn out cuben
I think the abrasion from a raft would be far more likely to fail than abrasion from a ground sheet. More importantly, failure of a raft is much more significant consequence than failure of a sect...

In Make Your Own Gear » I would like to make a cuben packraft
November 11, 12:49pm

Re: Arcteryx Alpha SL Jacket - XL - 50% off
Sometimes it sucks being a Men's Small or Medium. There are rarely closeout specials for premium stuff in those sizes.

In Gear Deals » Arcteryx Alpha SL Jacket - XL - 50% off
November 06, 11:02am

If you normally sweat a lot....
then I would recommend merino wool as a base layer. It is one of the best at retaining heat even when wet.

In GEAR » what am i doing wrong (AKA I am cold and wet :(
November 05, 3:14pm

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