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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: 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


In Gear Swap » Marmot Precip Full Zip Pant Mens M - $40 shipped CONUS
March 11, 10:43pm

Marmot Precip Full Zip Pant Mens M - $40 shipped CONUS
Full zip for easy on/off without taking off shoes and for venting. DWR has been renewed with Grangers and beads water like new. Used primarily as a winter wind pant where zips are an excellent ve...

In Gear Swap » Marmot Precip Full Zip Pant Mens M - $40 shipped CONUS
March 11, 7:36pm

Osprey Talon 44 S/M - $60 Shipped CONUS
Osprey Talon S/M size shown below. Ice Axe loops have been removed, light dirt stains on bottom from where it has been set down. Used approximately 10 times mostly as a winter day pack.

In Gear Swap » Osprey Talon 44 S/M - $60 shipped CONUS
March 11, 7:32pm

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