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Brian Lewis (brianle) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Pacific NW
About Me Thru-hiked the PCT in 2008 NOBO, the AT in 2010 NOBO, and the CDT in 2011 SOBO.
My PDF Gear ListBrian Lewis (Gadget) AT NOBO 2010 Gearlist --- late Feb start

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All Forum Posts by Brian Lewis

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No specific solution but ...
"I'm looking for ear buds with over-the-ear pieces so that I don't have to keep putting them back in my ears and a volume control on the cord." This is *exactly* what I like to...

In GEAR » sports ear buds
August 01, 10:58am

Phone screen
My phone also has a flashlight app, but ... a couple nights ago I was in my tent and found my headlamp batteries very low. Just the screen on my phone was plenty of light to change the batteries b...

In GEAR » Best backup light source
July 27, 11:59pm

Poncho combo
Christopher beat me to it: "Furthermore tarp + poncho combinations that are lighter than a poncho tarp would be interesting" I think a pretty waterproof bivy plus poncho is a possibil...

In GEAR » Waterproof Bivy or Tarp + lightweight Bivy?
July 22, 9:12am

Agreed on ASICS
ASICS are my go-to hiking shoe too, and for the same reason. I've used a couple of model year versions of their "Gel Kahana's", and they've served me very well.

In GEAR » Trail runners with wide toe box
July 19, 11:25pm

I live near Seattle, and have done long distance trips too, have hiked the Wonderland trail ... but ... I think that the feedback you'll get from Western WA residents won't be that diffe...

In GEAR » Altra Lone Peaks in wet Washington
July 12, 9:42pm

Looks great! I have no experience with Oruxmaps. My uninformed impression, however, is that it involves more work than just loading the gpx file to Backcountry Navigator, which is what I do (or I ...

In GEAR » PCT smartphone nav
July 07, 9:59am

tyvek sleeves
If you grope the web with some persistence, you should be able to find very lightweight tyvek sleeves. I found and bought a pair or two for exactly this reason. If I recall correctly, their used ...

In GEAR » Gatewood cape - arm rain coverage?
July 03, 3:45am

Yup, pmags
Serendipitously, a family friend asked me for some basic advice and ideas on getting started. I sent her to pmags too; there are certainly other fine references, but Paul puts out a lot of stuff t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What article would you send to a total newb?
July 02, 10:01am

walk some
I try to go for a couple of long-ish walks, just near my house. If it's a trip that will involve significant elevation gain early in the trip, there's a place I can go way down and back up...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The week leading up to a trip.
July 02, 9:53am

But gotta love the costco poles ...
Gotta love the costco poles, however, for certain uses --- $30 a pair, include two different types of rubber tips and two types of baskets, about 15 oz the pair with the smaller rubber tips on (so ...

In GEAR » Flick-Lock Trekking Pole Recommendations for Hiking and Shelter Support
June 15, 11:47am

All Reader Reviews by Brian Lewis

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Ursack Minor
The "Ursack Minor" is quite distinct from the traditional Ursack, in that it's not meant to be bear proof (or "resistant" or whatever). Instead, Ursack says it's "for...

In Miscellaneous Products
August 10, 9:05am

Golite Force
I use Golite shoes because the toe-box is shaped a lot more like the front of an actual human foot. More specifically, most trail runners or other shoes give me problems due to bunionettes (little to...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 10, 8:45am

Montbell Thermawrap jacket
For 3-season backpacking, my thermawrap jacket is my sole insulation layer, coupled in some limited cases with a thermawrap vest. It's just a fantastic piece of clothing in terms of both weight ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 10, 8:23am

Montbell Thermawrap Vest
I have a size medium Thermawrap jacket and a size large Thermawrap vest; I probably should have reversed those to be able to layer the vest under the jacket rather than over, but it actually works fin...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
August 10, 8:15am

Thermarest Neo-Air
Like Dylan Carlson, I also used a Neo-Air (size regular for me) on a thru-hike. My thru-hike was of the Appalachian Trail, starting in late February (2010), so a lot of snow and cold weather in the f...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
August 10, 8:02am

REI REI Peak UL Compact Hiking Poles
I too had something over 3000 miles on my pair --- the majority of that thru-hiking the PCT in 2008 plus a variety of much shorter trips. I started my AT thru-hike with them (early in 2010), but just...

In Trekking Poles
August 10, 7:36am

Memory-Map Navigator
This is actually a comparison of two product alternatives for putting topographic software on a Windows Mobile platform smartphone with a true GPS. The 4/5 rating is for one of those, Memory-Map Navi...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
September 22, 9:55pm

Golite Versa Force
Let me start by saying that my rating of '4' is tentative until I've done more miles in these. But as I found nothing useful in searching for reviews of currently-available Golite footwe...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 10, 12:25pm

ULA Axis Crampon
I'm hoping to thru-hike the PCT next year, and one of many equipment issues for me was the question of whether to use crampons or not in the Sierras. I also do day hikes in "shoulder" s...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
April 12, 12:13pm

Western Mountaineering SummerLite
I agree --- the summerlite is excellent. I frankly don't trust any individual evaluation of a sleeping bag temperature rating (32F in this case); so many things affect this, including not only th...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
March 21, 10:59am