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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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Someone's got to say it ...
Okay, someone has to bring up smartphones as an alternative in this thread, so it might as well be me ... :-) Seriously, I certainly agree that dedicated eReader hardware has its place in normal...

In GEAR » new nook e-reader 1oz lighter than lightest kindle
November 29, 12:31pm

Consistent shoe lasts
My wish to Santa would be that when I find a pair of trail runners that work well for me, that I could buy the very same model of shoes year after year after year. Yes, and optionally not in flour...

In GEAR » Dear Santa...
November 29, 12:22pm

re: Cuben durability
I bought a Lightheart solo for the CDT this year, and got the main body (integral fly) in cuben, but the floor in sil-nylon --- for two reasons. Durability, and cost savings. For me, these came t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Cuben v Silnylon (weight v cost)
November 29, 12:02pm

Re: Still waterproof?
"My experience with failure has been solely due to abrasion from my clothes and my pack and not something DWR would help much with, so it sounds like it's at least a step up from that!&quo...

In GEAR » Long-term shell durability
November 27, 11:01pm

Still waterproof?
"Brian, this is great durability beta on the OR Helium! And it's still waterproof after all that pack wear? Awesome." It's waterproof insofar as I've used the spendy "...

In GEAR » Long-term shell durability
November 27, 2:15pm

Looks good
Apologies as I've not read all the replies in this thread, so perhaps duplicate comments. Overall I quite like your logic and plan. I agree with the idea of using gear you already own insof...

In Gear Lists » Preleminary PCT/JMT Gear List
November 26, 9:12pm

OR Helium
Mike Moore already mentioned the OR Helium, and I'll say that my experience this year matches what he said. What I can add is something about the durability of this jacket --- I've been qu...

In GEAR » Long-term shell durability
November 26, 8:53pm

tent bag
I'll dig out and photograph this if you really want me to, but just a "word picture" for now: the cuben stuff sack for my (cuben upper, silnylon floor) lightheart designs solo tent is...

In GEAR » Let's see some pics of well used cuben clothing/stuff sacks
November 26, 8:44pm

book options?
In my area (WA state), I've found a couple of books that I like. "Trekking Washington" offers a number of longer distance hikes. "Best Loop Hikes in Washington" does offer...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Finding Hikes
November 21, 11:25pm

Dry at night is enough
"The sleeves go on my feet at night as a multiuse item to replace the booties and save weight. Additional thoughts?" I'm with the consensus here, it's surprising but true for m...

In Philosophy & Technique » How do you air out your VBL covered feet on multi day trips?
November 21, 11:18pm

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