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joe newton (holdfast) - BPL Premium Member

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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Re: Rab's Fit
Aaron - this subject came up on my blog when I took a 'First Look' at the Rab Alpine Pull-on. One of my readers made the same observation about Rab's cut and this was my reply: "...

In GEAR » Rab's Fit
November 27, 1:52pm

Re: Once and For all... Best Rain Pants under 7 oz?
I have a pair of the much missed Reeds. They seem to be collector's items these days. I should have bought a second pair and kept them in the original packaging... ;-) Plenty of companies do...

In GEAR » Once and For all... Best Rain Pants under 7 oz?
November 27, 2:00am

Re: abrasion and flame resistant "smock" for bushwacking/campfire wear?
This is the nearest things I could find that matched your criteria. Except the weight. They ain't that light. http://www.fjallraven.com/outdoor-equipment/Jackets/Gutulia-Jacka

In GEAR » abrasion and flame resistant "smock" for bushwacking/campfire wear?
November 24, 9:45am

Power Dry & Equilibrium - a winning combination
I agree with Mark, and I've already discussed this with David on his excellent blog, the Rab Alpine Pull-on makes an awesome winter windshirt. Layering it over a Power Dry baselayer (like the R...

In GEAR » Houdini v. Traverse
November 21, 2:01am

Knowledge is power
"I just got the Allen & Mike Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book. book and it mentions doing something to generate some body heat before going to bed. They're talking about winter camping...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anomalies in insulation performance
November 20, 3:50am

Worlds lightest leather Gore Tex boot
Durability is subjective but... http://inov-8.com/Products-Detail.asp?PG=PG1&L=26&P=5050973129

In GEAR » Best Lightweight Waterproof Boot?
November 14, 5:22am

Re: Re: soft shell pants
The Patagonia Simple Guide pants are great. The even lighter Traverse pants are fantastic too.

In GEAR » soft shell pants
November 11, 10:24am

Re: 60g/m
I find 60g/m Primaloft warm enough for backpacking in the Norwegian mountains during 'peak' backpacking season. I guess it all comes down to personal metabolic rate and other clothing you m...

In GEAR » Rab Xenon vs. BPL Cocoon Insulated Hoody
November 09, 11:44am

Re: Rab Xenon vs. BPL Cocoon Insulated Hoody
James, I have just posted my initial review of the Xenon on my blog if that helps: First Look: Rab Xenon on Thunder In The Night

In GEAR » Rab Xenon vs. BPL Cocoon Insulated Hoody
November 09, 8:40am

Back-up
Mike, +1 on carrying Buffalo P&Ps as back-ups, especially when I'm ski guiding. I'm hoping the new Montane Extreme Mitts will be the Buffalo Mitts that can be used all day, every day.

In GEAR » Recommend me a Winter glove system
November 05, 4:16pm

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