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joe newton (holdfast) - BPL Guest

My Locale Bergen, Norway
About Me 40 years old and currently living in Bergen, Norway although originally from England.
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All Forum Posts by joe newton

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Re: Re: SpinnTwinn and bivy?
The other things to consider may be where you intend to use the shelter and if your bag/quilt is insulated with down or synthetic fill. On the exposed mountain plateaus here on the wet west coa...

In GEAR » SpinnTwinn and bivy?
January 13, 2:38pm

Mixed bag...
I bought the Peak at the end of last winter hoping it would be like a smaller version of the Jam or Pinnacle, a pack I love for bulky winter trips. I didn't have a problem with the weight of th...

In Editor's Roundtable » GoLite Peak Backpack Review
January 06, 12:34pm

Wax on, wax off.
While waxed skis are undoubtedly faster, quieter and tunable to the conditions I would always go for waxless for long day trips or ski touring. Skilfully waxed skis are great for ski racing when th...

In GEAR » Ski Advice
January 06, 11:16am

Re: Multi-usage Montane hardshell jacket ?
Howard, Last year I worked as a cross country ski guide and wore a Montane Atomic DT jacket as my 'storm' shell. It's made of Entrant DT which is a similar fabric weight to eVent but...

In GEAR » Multi-usage Montane hardshell jacket ?
December 21, 11:47am

Go up half a size
I started off in 315s and switched to 310s for backpacking. The wider toebox makes long days on the trail more comfortable as your foots swells. I still use the 315s for trail running where it'...

In GEAR » Transition from INOV-8 310 to 315?
December 11, 3:43am

Flippin' handles
Franco and Marc had the easiest solution. Flip the handles up side down (and swap them over so they still lay flat) so you can lift the full Kettle by the top corner of the handles instead of the b...

In GEAR » MSR Titan Kettle - Hot Handles
December 06, 1:33pm

WM bag sizing
I recently bought a WM Ultralite. I'm 6' 3/4", 190lb and glad I went for Long. I reckon I would have constantly wanted just a bit more length if I'd gone with the Regular.

In GEAR » help with sizing wm bags
December 04, 4:11am

Re: Re: Re: Re: "Skin tight soft shell pants."
"I have noticed those Montane pants before and liked them, i also noticed i down coat cant remember the name made my montane and i like it also but was not sure it would be warm enough for win...

In GEAR » Skin tight soft shell pants.
November 29, 11:54pm

Re: Re: "Skin tight soft shell pants."
As Eugene mentioned, the Patagonia Traverse pants are amazing. Stretchy, light, comfortable and pretty hard-wearing. They're not that 'fitted' though. Haglofs do a similar pant, the ...

In GEAR » Skin tight soft shell pants.
November 29, 10:42am

Chris' comments
I've been following Chris' advice of layering my rain shell over my windshirt. It works for me out here on the cool, wet west coast of Norway. I wear my windshirt quite often on the high mo...

In GEAR » Lightweight shell pants and windshirts
November 29, 8:54am

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