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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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neo air trade-offs
Great logic. I used my neo air in temps into the teens (F) on the AT and on the CDT as well (lots of snow there), but as you suggested I coupled it with one or at times even two thin ccf pads (GG ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thoughts on gear for long-distance hikers
March 24, 5:08pm

Interesting neo air comment
I was interested in the OP's comment about the Neo Air all season. I've done quite a lot of miles in original Neo Air's and never had a puncture. One delaminated somewhat, so it's...

In Philosophy & Technique » Thoughts on gear for long-distance hikers
March 23, 8:43am

ditto on Lightheart Solo
"The Zpacks solo is insanely light, but is cuben fiber durable enough to last several months?" Relating somewhat to both of the last posts, I hiked the CDT in 2011 with a cuben-upper L...

In Gear Lists » PCT through hike list
March 15, 10:03am

Re: Dumb snake question...
Had a ringtail jump on my chest when cowboy camping in the Grand Canyon, but never a snake. The other fear that people express is that scorpions will get them. Or just generally other creepy craw...

In GEAR » Shelter recommendation for PCT south end...
March 15, 9:57am

YMMV but ...
I hiked the first/dry part of the PCT in 2008 with just a poncho tarp as both shelter and rain gear, leaving Campo in late April (right after the ADZPCTKO event). I brought a very light (water res...

In GEAR » Shelter recommendation for PCT south end...
March 13, 7:57pm

List is "close to complete" ?
I personally don't use rain pants much, but I tend to "run hot" (metabolism). But I'd prefer a rain skirt over rain pants, with the caveat that they're not so good when the w...

In Gear Lists » Appalachian Trail SOBO Thru Hike
March 11, 11:48am

Wow! Caltopo is tops
Thanks so much, Jeremy --- is clearly the best way to do this! I'm definitely going to pass this on to lots of folks in my local organization. We push everyone to bring a map ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Navigation
March 11, 11:13am

printing free topo maps
Daniel described a process using this site: The problem for me with this and similar sites is that you get a pdf file that...

In Philosophy & Technique » Navigation
March 10, 12:38pm

Ditto Wired's comments
"You might like looking at Wired's blog she did the PCT in 2011 and is going to be doing the CDT this year,she gives her gear list and a review for it and her new list for the CDT.She said...

In GEAR » which pack would you recommend for PCT through hike?
March 10, 12:16pm

can learn on own but practice
Have a look at There are likely other good resources out there. I think the biggest issue is to get a lot of practice. Print out f...

In Philosophy & Technique » Navigation
March 09, 10:01am

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