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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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Oregon Scientific
makes some pretty good weather stations. I have one does the min/max temp and a forecast based on the barometric pressure. You can check out their website which has everything from basic to profe...

In GEAR » looking for a good HOME weather station
September 07, 9:28am

Depends on what function you are looking for
I wear a hat so i don't have to use Sunscreen anywhere on my head and neck. That requires a full brim. Baseball style caps are useless for that purpose because it leaves the side and neck exp...

In GEAR » Best backpacking hat?
August 05, 10:34am

UL2 front entrance
They still haven't learned that front entrances are very poor design

In GEAR » Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Edition
August 04, 11:15pm

Loksak Opsak
At a minimum you should be using Loksak Opsak and not your grocery store variety zip locks. Zip locks do NOT keep odors out well.

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Bear Bagging and SUL
July 20, 5:29pm

Re: Well I'll be dipped in DEET!
Perhaps you are not looking at the right pants and long sleeve shirts. I am always amazed how many people would rather cover themselves in chemicals for bugs and sun protection instead of just wea...

In GEAR » Well I'll be dipped in DEET!
June 17, 7:20pm

Re: Jam
Based on those pictures it's not the current 2011 version. I have that version and the color of the side pockets don't match. But it definitely appears that a lot of the other key feature...

In Gear Swap » FS: Golite Jam, L, Blue, Like New +
June 17, 4:04pm

Re: Re: How do you attach your quilt to your pad?
To elaborate a bit further on this topic. It seems to me that attaching a quilt in the manner you are showing in your original picture sort of defeats the purpose of the quilt. By attaching under...

In Philosophy & Technique » How do you attach your quilt to your pad?
June 16, 9:59am

Re: How do you attach your quilt to your pad?
I also move around a bit and am a side sleeper to boot. I recently acquired a Katabatic Gear quilt. The design of their quilts helps in several ways 1] Their is an elastic binding around the b...

In Philosophy & Technique » How do you attach your quilt to your pad?
June 16, 9:53am

Really helpful on uphill sections
I hear people talk a lot about downhill protection of your knees but I find trekking poles are a huge difference in my performance going uphill by deferring some of the effort to my arms and tricep...

In Philosophy & Technique » Poles are a burden?
June 15, 9:49pm

Re: buff
Buffs are awesome. My favorite use for them is to pull down over my eyes and nose while sleeping when nights are a little cooler (i.e., summer) but not cold enough for a full balaclava. Also like...

In GEAR » Bandana question
June 12, 10:52pm

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