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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.
CityCastle Rock
StateCO
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Randy Martin

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Re: Moving to Denver
I live in Castle Rock. It's a suburb south of Denver within 15 minutes of Centennial. There are some good trail running options nearby in Castlewood Canyon State Park. Castle Rock actually h...

In Chaff » Moving to Denver
July 10, 2:24pm

Re: Cap2 v nano
I recently went through a similar question between Nano and R2 Fleece. Bottom line is Nano is quite warm and more importantly, doesn't breath. Nano to a Cap2 is quite a drop off so not sure y...

In GEAR » Patagonia Cap 2 vs. Nano Puff
July 10, 2:52am

Re: Steripen dilemna
A thread that discussed your exact dilemna including your same destination, http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=32126

In GEAR » Steripen dilemna
July 08, 9:46pm

Re: PT advice
I have pronation issues as well and use Green Superfeet inside my La Sportiva Wildcat trail runners. The combination of stiffer soles and the arch support are perfect. I think minimalist shoes i...

In GEAR » Trailrunners cause knee problems?
July 01, 5:01pm

Re: Another Data Point for Those Considering SPOT (vs PLB)
Good report. Conclusion SPOT = Send I am OK and tracking messages to family/friends. PLB = When life saving response is required

In GEAR » Another Data Point for Those Considering SPOT (vs PLB)
June 27, 4:39pm

FA Sirocco
I love Patagonia products and own a bunch of them, but you can't beat the First Ascent Sirocco wind shirt on sale now for $24.99. I own one and have used extensively. One of my favorite piece...

In GEAR » Wind Shirt/Jacket
June 27, 3:17pm

Re: New book questions modern hydration advice
Drink when you are thirsty.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » New book questions modern hydration advice
June 25, 9:03am

Re: Looked at the Flash 18
I own the Flash 18 but honestly you don't need the hip belt if you are carrying the light loads it's intended for. I cut my hip belt off it. Completely unnecessary on that pack.

In GEAR » Daypack recommendations
June 15, 9:03pm

Map, Compass and GPS
Map and Compass come along on any multi-day trips. Most day hikes are on well marked/known trails. Nevertheless, I will often print out just an 8.5 X 11 topo map of the day hike section I may be i...

In GEAR » Map & compass
June 15, 1:39pm

Re: R1
I have the R1 hoody, it is strictly a winter base layer for me because it has such a trim fit. It sounds the general consensus is the Nano puff is a better all around piece than the R2. Though I ...

In GEAR » R2 vs Nanopuff
June 12, 9:48pm

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