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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: Comparison Matrix - 20 Degree Down Bags/Quilts
"but at about half the price the GoLite seems like a better choice". Probably is from a price standpoint, however, as a customer I can tell you that the Katabatic quilts are true to thei...

In GEAR » Comparison Matrix - 20 Degree Down Bags/Quilts
March 06, 1:08pm

Bivy, Quilt advantage
I don't think Travis ever answered the question about Bivy use. Are you using one or not? Use of a Bivy in winter seems obvious as a pretty effective way to move the condensation point outsid...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag condensation w/ Pictures
March 06, 10:44am

Re: kinda picky questions on sleeping socks
I think it depends on the temps. In summer I would sleep in a thin pair of liner socks. For shoulder seasons (lows in the 20/30's) I would generally have a thick pair of wool socks which in m...

In GEAR » kinda picky question on sleeping socks
March 06, 8:49am

Re: Golite?
I picked up a pair of the GoLite Tumalo rain pants this past weekend for $45 at the local GoLite outlet. It's a pertex shield 2.5 layer shell at 6.7 oz. As for the Marmot precip, they are ok,...

In GEAR » Cheap rain pants?
March 05, 7:49pm

Re: Re: Buff
Here is an excellent video on the many configurations of a Buff. Nice looking model to boot.

In Multiple Use Gear » Multi-Use Items
March 05, 7:09pm

Re: do you use a ground sheet?
Any Bivy should have a waterproof floor (silnylon), so groundsheet shouldn't be needed for your bivy. Sleep pad should be inside the Bivy. Haven't staked out my bivy before. Only necessa...

In GEAR » using a water RESISTANT bivy in the rain..?
March 05, 4:25pm

Re: Any conclusions? Any more advice?
"I've just booked a night in Rocky Mountain National Park this summer for my family. They require bear canisters, which will be a new addition to our backpacking kit. " Are you goi...

In GEAR » Lightweight Bear Canisters
March 05, 2:35pm

Re: Sleeping bag condensation w/ Pictures
First off I am unclear from your description whether the moisture is on the outside or inside of your bag. Either way it seems a Bivy should be used. I am wondering if using a Bivy would help mov...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sleeping bag condensation w/ Pictures
March 05, 12:44pm

Re: using a water RESISTANT bivy in the rain..?
I am a slide sleeper as well but have never rolled around enought to roll onto the WR side of my Bivy. Having said that, staking the loops would seem to be a reasonable option (at least on one side).

In GEAR » using a water RESISTANT bivy in the rain..?
March 04, 7:50pm

Re: Re: Re: WPB fabrics, minimalist shoes
"DWR finish, which is the Achilles heel." Is there anything you can do to restore DWR Isn't the DWR applied by the fabric manufacturer, not the clothing sewer The manufacturer do...

In Editor's Roundtable » Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Book Review
March 04, 4:44pm

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