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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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One shelter for all conditions
I switched last year to the GoLite Poncho Tarp. That was my first move into Tarp camping. I was generally pleased but had a chance to experience the scenario of hiking in the rain and then having...

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
January 25, 1:38pm

Winter Setup
Echoing what a number of others have said. A heavier base layer with shell is great while active and then a puffy jacket to put on top of all that for stops and camp. My personal setup is the Pat...

In GEAR » Winter Middle layer for Backpacking/skiing
January 17, 7:50pm

Depends on the wind
Goggles over glasses work fine (using the OTG versions) provided its either windy or your moving quickly (skiing) so that air is effectively circulated. If not too windy or too cold I where prescr...

In Winter Hiking » Goggles and glasses
October 19, 10:25pm

Atlas 12 Series
My opinion is that in New England your snow has much heavier moisture content and therefore flotation can be achieved with less length than true dry powder. I would think 25" would be plenty....

In GEAR » Snowshoe length/size for mainly New England
October 04, 10:41pm

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

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