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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: Down Bag and Bivvy
If you are going using in temps above freezing then I do something like a 40 degree bag/quilt inside a light Bivy that is water resistent and fairly breathable. Something like the MLD Superlight B...

In GEAR » Down Bag and Bivvy
May 11, 9:06pm

Re: Why Would One Not Choose Wool?
My only concern is the durability of pure thin Merino Wool as a base layer. Personally I would think a blend of wool and polyester would provide some durability, something like what Patagonia does...

In GEAR » Smartwool Microweight or REI Silk base-layers for JMT hike
May 11, 6:41pm

Re: no problem with no lid
His English is not good so we should use more clear phrasing when responding. "i go lidless (without a lid) with my cilogear packs all the time. if i don't need the volume or the segreg...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Do you like use lid?
May 11, 9:30am

Thanks Andrew for posting this. I find a lot to like in Coup's responses. Golite seems to be fulfilling a niche for Light and Ultralight clothing/gear on a larger scale with this model. The ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Skurka interviews GoLite President Demetri Coupounas
May 10, 10:09am

Re: Thanks Rob
"I am a very warm person. My normal body temp is 99.5, not 98.6. So, during the summer I sweat a lot when exerting myself." Perhaps you should take some of that extra water and pour it...

In GEAR » Suggestions for a trail running/adventure racing pack?
May 05, 7:44am

Re: Re: ChChChia
On the trail I am a big fan of the Pack-It Gourmet Smoothies. Just add water, shake and drink. They have a nice Fat-Protein-Carb (13g-35g-42g) profile that really gives you sustained energy.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » healthiest backpacking breakfast?
May 04, 9:21am

Re: Side compression: who needs it?
Compression systems to me make the most sense for backpacks that you want to double as a daypack. 25-30L is not much bigger than most daypacks and at that size a compression system certainly seems...

In Make Your Own Gear » Side compression: who needs it?
May 03, 3:12pm

Re: tarp in action
Glad you posted that. I was thinking about a pitch just like that today with my Poncho. I typically use a flying diamond (roomy side entrance) or half pyramid (storm) but the pitch you used provi...

In Gear Deals » Crazy Golite Sale
May 02, 9:58pm

Re: Clothing System for a 4-5 day South San Juan summer trip.
Southern San Juan's at that time of year shouldn't see lows below 45 to 50 at night assuming you are below tree level. So a down vest or long sleeve fleece should be all the insulation you...

In GEAR » Clothing System for a 4-5 day South San Juan summer trip.
April 28, 5:19pm

Re: Poncho Tarp
Jeff, if you plan to use the Poncho Tarp in stormy conditions you will absolutely need a Bivy to make it work. The big issues with the Poncho Tarp as the primary shelter in storms is your rain gea...

In Gear Deals » FYI Golite Poncho Tarp back in stock
April 26, 9:13am

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