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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.
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postholer too
As long as we're listing sites for info --- I certainly agree that Yogi's guide is well worth getting for this sort of thing and many more. You can also get some relevant info on postholer...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » PCT Re-Supply
January 19, 4:21pm

solio not so great for droid x ?
When I got my Droid X I tried out my Solio charger with it. It's been over a year now so I don't recall the precise results but my conclusion was that it wasn't worth carrying the Solio...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Droid Users and The Backcountry
January 13, 1:35pm

why repackage?
"My plan was to buy a bunch of AquaMira upfront and then repackage it to send along the trail." Repackage the Aqua Mira if you really want to, but I wouldn't bother; for me it'...

In Gear Lists » 2012 PCT from scratch
January 10, 11:58am

So many places
Hi Dirk. Since you're also in the PNW, I'll suggest chunks of the PCT you haven't done in this neighborhood ... ? Here in WA state, consider starting in Canada and hiking the PCT as ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Three weeks + - where would you go?
January 07, 1:56pm

What kind of trips?
What kind of backcountry trips do you want apps for? For me it's more about being out quite a number of days (or more), so the mix of apps I focus on changes. Please take the below thoughts...

In GEAR » Android apps - your favorites?
January 06, 2:18pm

what constitutes "outdoor specific" ?
Not sure what outdoor specific apps means to you --- for longer trips, a lot of other stuff gets relevant. Like having good web sites to get weather reports that are most relevant to where you'...

In GEAR » iPhone Apps
January 05, 12:50pm

how "hot" ?
Sam asked: "How hot did it get after you switched to your summerlight? Maybe not too hot b/c you started in Feb? If I start in April I could get hot in that?" I don't recall being...

In GEAR » AT NOBO Thru Down Jacket HELP!
January 04, 12:27pm

how much time wearing shoes in camp?
I use the system the OP described, i.e., shoes are wet from rain, snow, stream crossings, or whatever. In camp put on dry socks and --- for the very limited amount of time that I need to wear shoes...

In GEAR » Dry Warm feet in camp when shoes are wet. ??
January 04, 12:10pm

Sleeping bag is indeed a factor
I own a summerlite, and would be nervous about starting in late March with a Summerlite unless I had a really beefy parka. In 2010 I started in late Feb with a WM Ultralite (20F rated), which was ...

In GEAR » AT NOBO Thru Down Jacket HELP!
January 03, 9:33am

Me too
Dot and ditto. OTOH, I already have a whole lot of gear, and less aggressive future plans. Making this statement in a previous year would have been more meaningful! :-)

In Philosophy & Technique » No New Gear 2012
January 02, 2:08pm

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