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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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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

Yup, I forgot ...
Looking at the last post I realize that I forgot about the STUFF SACK for my cuben tent. The stuff sack was also cuben (I understand the manufacturer corrected that error in later manufacturing ru...

In GEAR » Long Term Cuben Use
June 04, 11:17am

Gila River? FT?
I really enjoyed the Gila River canyon area in New Mexico when I went through there in late Oct or early Nov a few years ago. You get your feet wet a lot, but it's a fun area, and even has a h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Early November trip suggestions please
June 04, 1:36am

Doing well for me
I did a long thru-hike with a cuben tent and have done some additional trips with it, and the tent fabric is still great (cuben upper, silnylon floor). Zippers a little wonky, but the cuben is fin...

In GEAR » Long Term Cuben Use
June 04, 1:28am

Ken Bennett summarized my feelings exactly. When I read the title of this thread, before reading any of the text, I immediately said to myself "Circuit". Heck, some would suggest that ...

In GEAR » Noob needs help picking between the ULA Ohm 2.0 or Circuit.
June 03, 11:53am

add on hood
"Wonder if anyone sells an add-on hood - above and beyond a down balaclava." Richie, I know that Jacks R Better do, and I think there's at least one other source, don't recall....

In GEAR » New Western Mountaineering bag
May 24, 10:57am

wide shoes indeed
I agree with Dena, wide toe box shoes are your friend. I've had bunionettes (little toe side bunions) for some years now, found out about them in training for my first long distance hike. I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Foot shape getting wierd with Tailors bunion? Advice going into mtn hiking season - temporary or permanent?
May 23, 3:08pm

Duct Tape
"A quick and dirty solution would be to put a couple strips of good duct tape or Gorilla Tape on the areas that wear. Easy to remove if it doesn't work, and easy to replace when it wears o...

In GEAR » Best lightweight rain jacket (sub 8-9 oz): Montbell Versalite, OR Helium II, Marmot Mica & Essence, MH Superlight Plasmic or other?
May 09, 8:10pm

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