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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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Great work team!
Wowzers, fantastic production quality. Can't wait for the next episode!

In Editor's Roundtable » Learn to Packraft! Episode 1: An Introduction to Packrafting
July 09, 11:28pm

Panasonic FT3 (TS3)
I happily grab my little Panasonic FT3 (TS3 in US) waterproof point-and-shoot for most backpacking, packrafting and bikepacking trips. It swings from my hand or sits in a pocket, always ready to us...

In Photography » Rugged waterproof cameras with excellent image quality
March 31, 12:03am

MLD quilt owner
No, never had an issue with the taper or bunching on my MLD Spirit 30 quilt. It works perfectly when flattened out or cinched up tight.

In GEAR » MLD Quilt Owners..
March 28, 11:04am

Re: dry bags
Thanks Chris. Any recommendations for a similarly shaped dry bag?

In Editor's Roundtable » Spring Raftpacking (and Packrafting)
March 28, 7:11am

Dry bags
Ryan, Can you tell me what dry bags you guys are using in the photos? They look like they pack 'flatter' than the usual dry bags with oval bases.

In Editor's Roundtable » Spring Raftpacking (and Packrafting)
March 28, 7:02am

More information
My decision to use the synthetic over-quilt system linked to in the article above was based on the following article from some-time BPL contributor J├Ârgen Johansson:

In GEAR » Synthetic overquilt
January 07, 8:34am

@Robert, The synthetic quilts ability to cope with moisture better than down was the theory behind me using this system. It seems to work very well. My down bag stayed dry and lofted over a six ...

In GEAR » Winter Bag or Winter Quilt?
January 06, 9:47pm

Quilt or bag? Why not both...
I've been using a 'shoulder season' down bag AND a synthetic summer quilt in winter for a couple of years with some success:

In GEAR » Winter Bag or Winter Quilt?
January 06, 3:22am

BPL should add these articles as a tab each winter :)
Check this series of articles from BPL for everything to do with winter footwear:

In GEAR » Winter Socks
December 24, 1:20am

Good job
Great review and superb use of the video medium. A glimpse into the future of BPL gear reviews?

In Editor's Roundtable » Alpacka Stowaway Dry Suit Review
December 18, 9:41pm

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