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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 do like the idea of dynamic stretching before working out, gentle static stretching after working out" I don't disagree with this, and in normal life I find stretching to be a w...

In Philosophy & Technique » THE 10 BIGGEST FITNESS MYTHS - Outside
December 22, 10:23am

go for torso
Indeed this is all about keeping yourself warm at night IMO, unless you're the type that likes to take long breaks during the day. Even then, torso warmth layers are a lot easier to put on an...

In Gear Lists » More warmth needed - Add to torso or groin/legs ??
December 22, 10:14am

which neo-air?
My recollection is that there is now more than one type of neo-air, with the newer option being heavier but more durable. I'd be more inclined to go to something a little tougher rather than m...

In GEAR » Protecting a Neoair
December 22, 10:04am

Say yes to paper guidebook pages
"I carried a Kindle on the CDT this summer ..." Hey Ryley, nice to see you here! (this is Gadget ...) Trying to ease some residual foot pain, so I've been sedentary and rapidly gr...

In GEAR » Kindle and Yogi's PCT handbook
December 17, 11:46am

ditto tarptent
You can't know ahead of time how many buggy nights you'll have. Not everyone is the same on this, but I definitely find it worth carrying a lightweight fully-enclosable shelter. Single-wal...

In GEAR » PCT: Tent or Tarp
December 16, 11:18am

Sounds good
I think a size large will fit the bill for you. I'm of a similar size and height, and love my thermawrap vest in exactly the roles you're thinking. I originally got it in size large to la...

In GEAR » Montbell Thermawrap Vest Loft ??
December 15, 10:35am

Total trip length is relevant
Long unresupplied stretches: I think that a person going on a two or three week trip might find it interesting (I won't say 'fun') to "try it out" once. Or of course, might f...

In Philosophy & Technique » Food Supply - Do you prefer supported or unsupported trips?
December 12, 8:47am

food resupply?
One other comment from re-reading the initial post. OP talked about doing something like a 2 week trip, and said: "I also have a 6-7 pound shoulder season base weight which will obviously g...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Transitioning from 3-4 Day Trips to Two Weeks (and Beyond)
December 09, 6:06pm

Luke said: "First you'll want more food after the first week." My own experience is that I don't really get "thru-hiker hunger" until at least 3 weeks and sometimes ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Transitioning from 3-4 Day Trips to Two Weeks (and Beyond)
December 09, 5:59pm

neo-air durability
I used a Neo-air on the AT last year, with no problem, but it developed a leak shortly after. Still, not bad getting 2000+ miles out of a light inflatable. I patched it, but didn't trust it e...

In GEAR » Most Durable Inflatable Air Pad
December 04, 6:28pm

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