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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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Re: 2014 Gear List
Not sure why to bother putting food and water on your gear list? Those two things are so dependent on length/location of trip. Having said that you have 8 days worth of food in your weight. Is t...

In Gear Lists » 2014 Gear List
March 17, 10:56pm

Re: Eddie Bauer First Ascent Sirocco Windshirt Men's L/XL
I will add a personal comment and experience with this piece of gear. I love it. If you are looking for a windshirt without the big price then this is it. I bought a second when they stopped maki...

In Gear Swap » Eddie Bauer First Ascent Sirocco Windshirt Men's L/XL
March 17, 9:54pm

Re: MLD Grace tarp, lightest cat cut tarp?
Not sure if you have had experience with that small a tarp before but when I had the Golite Poncho Bivy which is close to 9X5 I found that I could keep out of the rain but couldn't do anything ...

In GEAR » MLD Grace tarp, lightest cat cut tarp?
March 17, 9:47pm

GG Spinntwinn
Nothing is quite so esthetic as a well pitched Cat cut tarp like my GG Spinntwinn, a classic UL shelter. Both photos taken today as I have the shelter up for testing in higher winds we are expecti...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ONE piece of gear makes you smile and why
March 15, 10:33am

Re: Re: Re: Tarp camping in the rain
Tarps with a A frame Cat cut (like the MLD Grace Duo or the GG Q-Twinn) allow you to pitch the sides to the ground and then pitch the end fairly close to the ground you will basically have three si...

In GEAR » Tarp camping in the rain
March 11, 6:01pm

Re: Katabatic Gear Grenadier
The main reason you haven't seen anything is because they just introduced that particular model. The Blackwelder was their 0 degree quilt they used to offer. So the Grenadier is sort of the r...

In GEAR » Katabaticgear Grenadier
February 05, 4:58pm

Re: help choosing a bivy
I would check out the Uber Bivy. For 26oz it seems pretty solid and I think you might appreciate the extra room. http://www.milesgear.com/UberBivy.html

In GEAR » help choosing a bivy
January 26, 6:05pm

Another element is that the line between framed and frameless is getting blurred. My Arc Blast has excellent structural rigidity and support. It's sorta like a frame with the carbon fiber str...

In GEAR » What Dan McHale has to say about UL backpacks
January 12, 8:00pm

Buff much better than a bandana
A buff is a much better alternative to a bandana. The coverage is better and less tight around my head. Checkout the link below which has a video on all of the incredible ways you can where them....

January 12, 1:45pm

Re: Square-ish quilt?
I own the Bristlecone Bivy. I don't think you would have any problem at all. It's quite roomy in the Regular size (which I own) but if you were a little concerned they have the wide versi...

In GEAR » Bristlecone Bivy
November 04, 5:44pm

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