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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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it's about expectations
I completely agree and yet ultimately disagree with Mike W's great assessment. IMO it's all about your expectations, what you're looking for in a piece of gear (ain't it always?). ...

In GEAR » Which way to go in electronic gadgets: Camera, GPS, cell phone combos
March 22, 9:54am

lightheart designs
My wife and I are happy enough with our Tarptent Squall 2, but if doing it again I'd be looking at the lightheart duo. The Squall 2 meets your height requirement, but the height is at the tent...

In GEAR » Roomy UL tent
March 21, 10:16am

Lots of factors to consider ...
One factor is whether you care what kind of cell phone reception you might get in the backcountry. In general, Verizon seems the best, so when I decided to upgrade from my older smartphone (also u...

In GEAR » Which way to go in electronic gadgets: Camera, GPS, cell phone combos
March 20, 10:12am

a little early ...
A little early for me, but assuming snow levels allow I plan to start the CDT SOBO in the first half of June,

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » BPL member trail journals
March 19, 6:18am

trekking poles
You didn't mention whether or not you use trekking poles, but with ankle concerns I highly recommend that you use two trekking poles when transitioning from boots to shoes. Sorry if this is ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Conundrum...
March 18, 7:37pm

PCT Sobo list
I would definitely start with a real sleeping bag and not the thermal sheet, even given the puffy clothing you have to wear inside it --- assuming perhaps a June start, northern WA is going to have...

In Gear Lists » PCT Sobo Gear List
March 16, 9:42am

AM liquid, cheaper than tablets
Last I checked the Aqua Mira drops are significantly cheaper than the tablets. I too use these, this coming year perhaps indeed augmented with an AM Frontier Pro little filter for particularly ske...

In GEAR » Light water filtration/treatment options ?
March 13, 1:02pm

it can matter, but ...
"What I hate more than anything is heading down a steep slab and having my shoes suddenly lose their grip." I hear that. Not a problem I'd had very often hiking in the west, occas...

In Philosophy & Technique » How important is tread?
March 10, 10:20am

Being able to do more miles per day often makes logistics come out a lot easier. Less days between food resupply points. In places where water is far apart it can make the difference between dry ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why so fast?
March 09, 10:40am

Great idea
I think it's a great idea to measure (accurately) beforehand and check periodically. Catch is, my sense from talking with a lot of folks about this is that not everyone experiences this the sa...

In Philosophy & Technique » Foot Growth Measurement
March 07, 10:46am

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