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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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Re: Winter camping
On your first winter camping trip go with someone who knows what they're doing. You'll learn so many crucial fundamentals and neat little tricks that will make the experience SAFE AND ENJOY...

In Winter Hiking » Winter hiking FAQ?
September 08, 2:13am

Re: The Beautiful Cup
Finally! The kind of beautifully illustrated, informative and humorously written article that I signed up to BPL for. If I had to read one more article on yet another UL down jacket I was going...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Beautiful Cup
September 07, 2:54pm

Joining the Katabatic love-in
Just have to echo everyone's experience with this company and it's expertly crafted products (I have a Bristlecone bivy). First class. And nearly all the products are available from stock, ...

In GEAR » Katabatic Gear Very Helpful
July 23, 2:01am

Re: smaller
Ben, Alpkit do a 3oz 3 litre dry bag that comes with a shoulder strap: but the same principle co...

In GEAR » multi-use ditty-bag/daypack?
July 11, 3:12am

Superlight vs Bristlecone
Mark, As you know I have the Bristlecone bivy (as yet un-tested) and an MLD Soul Side Zip. They are both extremely well made but another point to consider is that the Bristlecone is available fr...

In GEAR » Bivy advice: Superlight vs Bristlecone
July 10, 3:18pm

Re: inner tent
What Jim and Fred said. Useless for pitching a shelter. The only use I found for the set that came with my old Laser Competition was as pot supports on various MYOG stoves.

In GEAR » terra nova 1 gram tent stakes
July 04, 1:24pm

Looking for a pot / Bushcooker LT3
Hendrik, Wasn't Jason Klass knocking out simple lids for the Snow Peak pots? Hmmm, it's a tough quest. For some reason all of the pots over 1.3L I've looked at have frying pan lids.

In GEAR » Looking for a pot / Bushcooker LT3
June 28, 8:06am

Canister stoves in winter
Roger and Jorgen's interesting discussion on this subject:

In Winter Hiking » canister stoves in the snow
June 26, 2:39am

Re: 25% Off @ IBEX
Lousy timing, I ordered yesterday! :)

In Gear Deals » 25% Off @ IBEX
June 21, 10:33am

Re: losing stickiness
I've never had a problem with it losing it's stickiness when transferring a small length to another 'roll' like the top of my hiking/ski poles. Working as a ski guide in winter I ge...

In GEAR » duct tape!
June 12, 2:26pm

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