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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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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

It's how you use it
It's certainly true that if you search this site (in particular) you'll find articles that go into excellent technical detail about how much water vapor can be forced through a given fabric...

In GEAR » Lightest & Best 3 Layer Rain Jacket?
June 13, 8:54am

Practice beforehand
I've used both BCN and Gaia offline --- by which I presume is meant "outside of range of cell towers". Of course you need a smartphone with a real GPS chip, but these are pretty comm...

In GEAR » Best offline navigation app for android?
June 13, 8:37am

Poncho vs. Packa vs. ...
Billy Ray said he doesn't like ponchos for four reasons, to which I feel sort of an OCD necessity to reply ... :-) 1) You get wet if it's windy (and don't like it flopping around in...

In GEAR » Lightest & Best 3 Layer Rain Jacket?
June 13, 12:47am

Just got my Zpacks jacket
Yesterday in the mail I got my new Zpacks "Challenger" rain jacket. I had ordered this some time back, took a while for them to get...

In GEAR » which ultralight rain jacket?
June 11, 10:04am

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