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My Locale Bergen, Norway
About Me 40 years old and currently living in Bergen, Norway although originally from England.
My Website URLhttp://thunderinthenight.blogspot.com/
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All Forum Posts by joe newton

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More Power Dry hoody options...
Just to confuse matters more there are the MEC and Rab versions of the 'Polartec Power Dry hoody' too. MEC T3 Stretch Hoody: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/MensClothing/BaseLayerUnderw...

In GEAR » R1 vs Melanzana micro grid hoody
January 25, 12:58pm

@ Luke
"Any way to add a bug net to this?" Yes. Oookworks in the UK manufactures a Trailstar nest: http://oookworks.com/OookStar.html

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review
January 25, 12:20am

Brass monkeys
Craft of Sweden do a nice pair, with a Windstopper panel. As Dave said, check your nearest nordic ski supplier: http://www.craft.se/products.html?tx_mdb_pi1%5Bview%5D=viewLVL3&tx_mdb_pi1%5Bl...

In GEAR » windproof boxers or briefs
January 18, 10:28pm

Yet another viewpoint...
This is Forrest McCarthy's take on the mini ski set-up: http://forrestmccarthy.blogspot.com/2011/12/fast-shoes-lightest-binding-is-no.html

In Editor's Roundtable » Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
December 29, 9:38am

Locus Gear DPTE and Black Diamond Distance poles
I currently have a Locus DPTE pole extender/separator that allows trekking poles to be used in a V-configuration inside pyramid shelters. http://locusgear.com/products/accessories/dpte When o...

In GEAR » Locus Gear DPTE and Black Diamond Distance poles
December 26, 1:17am

Re: Re: Synthetic Quilt
MLD Spirit quilt http://thunderinthenight.blogspot.com/2011/04/thunder-on-tundra-gear-sleep-system.html

In GEAR » Synthetic Quilt recommendations
December 26, 12:59am

Foot insulation for light trail runners
Nothing keeps my feet warmer in my light trail runners than thin Smartwool Ultralight Ski merino socks (calf length makes such a difference to foot warmth) and 0.5mm NRS Hydroskin socks. Minimal bu...

In GEAR » Foot insulation over light trail runners
December 18, 4:52am

Good work
Nice work lads! That's a solid, easily accessible list that I'd be perfectly happy to use without any substitutions. (but I'd swap out one stuff sack for a head-net...)

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): 3-Season, 3-Day
October 12, 1:15pm

Quantum GL
I have a Rab Xenon insulated jacket shelled with Quatum GL that I use in camp or at rest stops. The fabric is WAY thin and I'd be suspicious of using it for extended periods of time under a pac...

In GEAR » Lightest Wind Shirt in the world?
June 04, 2:51am

"Anyone use waterproof socks?"
As well as the Rocky's that Chris mentions Gore Bike Wear also manufacture waterproof socks (http://www.gorebikewear.com/remote/Satellite/PROD_FGTSOS?landingid=1208436871979A) but as Chris poin...

In GEAR » Anyone use waterproof socks?
May 30, 2:23pm

All Reader Reviews by joe newton

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Allen and Mike's Backcountry Ski Book
Pretty much the bible when it comes to winter backcountry travel and camping, and not just on skis. Knowledgeable, interesting, humorous and Mike's illustrations are cute and technically astute. ...

In Books and Media
June 13, 11:31am

Terra Nova Laser Competition
Couldn't agree more with the other reviewer. It's a cinch to set up and while there are a couple of obvious tiny compromises to keep the weight low (single zip on the door, etc) it really is a...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
July 16, 11:03am

Thermarest Neo-Air
I purchased the Short version of this much lauded/derided sleeping mat and have to say it proved to be nothing less than exceptional. I'm a smidge over 6 feet and around 190lbs and once I realised...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
July 15, 3:10pm

Inov-8 Debrisgaiter
I agree with Sam's review above. The Inov-8 Debris Gaiter is almost perfect. The fit and functionality of the product was just what I was looking for when trail running and backpacking. Stretch...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
May 22, 4:04am

Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spoon
I swapped my previously beloved Primus folding Ti spork for the Alphalight spoon (long version) for a couple of reasons. The Alphalight is longer (no more messy knuckles when eating freeze-dried meals...

In Cookware - Other
May 22, 3:34am

Montane Lite-speed
I've been wearing this jacket for over a year now and it gets used maybe three times a week for hiking, backpacking, road and trail running. It is light, packable and just weather resistant enough...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
May 22, 3:22am

Optimus (Brunton in US) Folding Ti Spork
I already had a Light My Fire plastic spork which worked perfectly well, weighed next to nothing, cost a couple of quid but kept getting lost in my food/cooking bag. When I was looking to 'streaml...

In Cookware - Titanium
July 28, 6:19am