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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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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

empirical vs. theoretical
I've not done any calcs on this, but from an empirical (experience based) perspective, both myself and others I've hiked with have tried both ways and ended up with a rule of thumb that if ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sleeping pad combo - which one on top?
December 04, 11:08am

what works for you might not ...
"As Jardine takes great pains to point out, what works for him may not work for you, experiment and find out for yourself." To steal a phrase from a different generation, "true da...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Going Stoveless
December 04, 10:57am

Good to hear!
Serendipitously, I just sent in two WM sleeping bags that I've used quite a lot in recent years for the same thing: restuff, overfill. The price you list is a bit lower than I was fearing, so...

In GEAR » WM Megalite overfill is back home
December 03, 10:23am

cookless over longer periods?
Elliot said: "I would conclude that not cooking makes no difference for a few days, but on a long hike it likely would." On the CDT this year I went no-cook for nearly the first thous...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Going Stoveless
December 03, 1:47am

Re: Used to be a member
BPL certainly offers a wonderful and free forum. I appreciate the opportunity to read and interact here without paying to do so. If that ever changes, I'll be sorry to go (but I will). I ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why are you not a Member of BPL?
December 02, 12:38pm

re: going stoveless
Interesting to see the earlier comments in this thread; we’re all different, and particularly I think when it comes to food. Elizabeth said: “Mashed potatoes - awful.” Interesting, as t...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Going Stoveless
December 02, 12:22pm

Re Thermawrap durability
Scott said: "I think what Eric meant as far as fleece lasting longer is how many compression cycles an high-loft garment can survive before it begins to break down/lose loft" Ah, good ...

In GEAR » beta wanted: mont-bell ultralight thermawrap vest?
December 02, 4:11am

Thermawrap durability
Eric Chan said: "Fleece also lasts longer" I'm not so sure of that. I used my thermawrap vest for a few hundred miles of trail in 2008, ditto last year, and I carried it for most ...

In GEAR » beta wanted: mont-bell ultralight thermawrap vest?
November 30, 9:19pm

value vs. price
"Price... well as was posted in another thread, look at value not price." I agree with this. The missing ingredient for me is how many nights you anticipate using this piece of gear, ...

In GEAR » Talk Me Into or Out of a Cuben Fiber Tarp
November 30, 1:35am

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