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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: A few thoughts, Meta 2p
I would strongly encourage you to look only at dual side entry tents. There are plenty out there and for two people a dual entry, dual vestibule is an awesome feature. For that reason alone I wou...

In GEAR » First lightweight Tent, help!!
March 13, 8:11pm

SOLD Arcteryx Theta AR Men's Small
$125 Shipped CONUS. Used less than 10 times all in winter. This is a Goretex Pro Shell Arcteryx jacket. Do your research and you will know your buying a premium shell. The second and third pi...

In Gear Swap » Arcteryx Theta AR Men's Small
March 13, 8:03pm

Re: Re: Sleeping Bags vs Quilts
" "With the Katabatic quilts.....hang a leg out " How do you do that when it looks like its a mummy quite high up on the leg? I guess it depends on the model?" You just be...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bags vs Quilts
March 13, 4:35pm

Re: Re: Quilts and Drafts
"If that photo is right its got hardly any quilt features at all, e.g. the legs are still inside a mummy?" The most important aspect of the quilt for me at least is the extra room in t...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bags vs Quilts
March 13, 2:40pm

Re: Quilts use below zero
I have personally never camped at or below 0 F temps and doubtful I will ever intentionally do that. I have camped in temps in the 20's in a quilt, no issues. I take my Katabatic Gear 40 degr...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bags vs Quilts
March 13, 2:37pm

Quilts and Drafts
Quilts need not produce a draft. Take a look at the Katabatic Gear quilts. They are the best on the market IMO at the moment. They feature a clip attachment system that keeps the quilt on top of...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bags vs Quilts
March 13, 1:21pm

Re: Recommend a small pack
Not sure if you have made any determination about frame/frameless packs. What is the max weight would you expect your Son to carry? I have last years Jam ("frameless") and I also have t...

In GEAR » Recommend a small pack
March 12, 5:54pm

Re: S-L-X
That's correct 45-50% Methanol, 50-55% Ethanol. Definitely not good stuff to be exposed to for extended periods. Maybe that's why I had a slight headache yesterday after testing my BCB II...

In GEAR » Avoiding soot from alchy stoves?
March 12, 5:13pm

Re: Alcohol
Just so we are clear, Klean Strip SLX is mostly Ethanol not Methanol. Not sure that really makes a difference in your analysis though.

In GEAR » Avoiding soot from alchy stoves?
March 12, 4:07pm

Re: Washing a down bag, no spin cycle
Very creative!! Did you put in some Tennis shoes or Tennis balls to help break up the down clumps when drying?

In Philosophy & Technique » Washing a down bag, no spin cycle
March 12, 2:31pm

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