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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: Learning to poncho (a recent convert)
I am a recent convert myself and purchased the Golite Poncho Tarp last year. "Fortunately" I was able to experience some bad weather on a brief overnight trip to the Buffalo Peak Wildern...

In Philosophy & Technique » Learning to poncho (a recent convert)
February 19, 11:14pm

2011 Jam
I for one am quite content with the 2011 Jam. I picked it up for $75 which was a steal for a modest introduction into Frameless packs. It is perfectly comfortable carrying < 20 lbs that I carr...

In GEAR » 2012 Golite Jam
February 17, 9:10pm

Re: Re: Backcountry Boiler Mk II available!
I got my BC Boiler last week. Just wondering if you couldn't also burn an Esbit solid fuel tablet in the BC Boiler. I have never used them but wondering why they don't come up more in con...

In GEAR » Backcountry Boiler Mk II available!
February 14, 1:14pm

Re: Quilts: Katabatic vs Enlightened
I have a Katabatic Chisos quilt and have been extraordinarily happy with it. Probably the most satisfied I have ever been with any gear purchase. The reasons for my satisfaction are 1] The qua...

In GEAR » Quilts: Katabatic vs Enlightened
February 05, 10:08pm

Re: Katabatic
Katabatic Gear is a cottage manufacturer north of Denver. They don't have a shop that you could visit that I am aware of.

In GEAR » Bivy sack
February 04, 9:32pm

Esbit Tab with BC Boiler II
Curious if any Backcountry Boiler users have used an Esbit tab with it as a fuel source? I would think it would work just fine and the design of the BC Boiler would seem to get the most out of the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » esbit type tab
February 04, 9:28pm

Re: Re: Bivy Sack
+1 on Bristlecone. Katabatic Gear just makes great stuff

In GEAR » Bivy sack
February 03, 7:44pm

Re: Nemo Meta 2P $185, Vibram FF KSO Trek $63, Merrell Sonic Glove $63, Patagonia Nano Puff $75 @ Backwoods.com
Holy Cow that is a great price on the Nano Puff pullover and with free shipping to boot! Thanks for the link!

In Gear Deals » Nemo Meta 2P $185, Vibram FF KSO Trek $63, Merrell Sonic Glove $63, Patagonia Nano Puff $75 @ Backwoods.com
February 01, 5:17pm

Re: Tarp/Tent Fabric Color
Thanks for the responses. I am specifically looking at Yellow or Olive Brown for the MLD Trailstar. I think the Yellow is what I am leaning towards.

In GEAR » Tarp/Tent Fabric Color
February 01, 3:04pm

Tarp/Tent Fabric Color
Interested in opinions on having shelter (Tent or Tarp) fabric in a bright very visible color (e.g. Yellow) vs a earth tone that blends in with the surroundings (e.g. Dark Green or Brown). I can s...

In GEAR » Tarp/Tent Fabric Color
February 01, 1:23pm

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