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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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All Forum Posts by Brian Lewis

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WM fine if not in a hurry
I had two WM bags re- (and over-) stuffed a year or so ago. The process worked great *except* that it took quite a while (weeks). I think I got my bags to them at a time when they were pretty bus...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering--need a repair to a bag
January 22, 8:56am

Maybe I'll see you there
A friend is hiking the AT this year starting mid-March and some friends of his (myself included) plan to hike for a while with him from the start; I reckon I might do a month or so. Having start...

In Gear Lists » AT (March departure) layering system question
January 18, 8:42am

Gatewood cape
Not quite the criteria specified but close --- for times when I DON'T expect it to be raining all the time, a Gatewood cape is good combination raingear and emergency shelter on a day hike. In...

In GEAR » Ultralight shelter options for cooking, resting, eating, or emergencies in a continuous rain environment.
January 11, 9:58am

but with volume control?
For backpacking, I like earphones that stay on my ears --- I don't trust or feel comfortable with the ones that sort of pressure fit inside the ears. So I like ones that have a hook that goes b...

In GEAR » UL Headphones that aren't earbuds!
January 11, 9:51am

YMMV
I incline to Bucks view on this point too. I think part of the issue is how your foot changes; I think it's not necessarily just a change in size, it could also be a change in shape. And...

In Philosophy & Technique » Long distance thru hikes and feet growth / swelling
December 22, 11:47pm

re: Debris hut
I think the right answer is situational. In the PNW, trees are pretty common, and I mean evergreen trees (not just stick branches on a trunk in winter). In a truly life threatening survival situa...

In GEAR » Cold weather/winter survival shelter
December 21, 11:49am

hunger
As M B said, you don't start out needing over 2 pounds of food per day, or at least I don't and I don't think that would be typical. For me it's 2 - 4 weeks before I really need to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Longest ultraight BP w/o replenishing?
December 20, 1:38pm

works fine
I've used tooth powder on multi-month backpacking trips, works fine. While it saves a little weight, the great thing is that repackaging it in a sort of microbottle that I bought somewhere lik...

In Philosophy & Technique » Alternative to Toothpaste Dots
December 18, 7:32am

thinlights
I use an inflatable and ~stack that with one or two thinlight pads by Gossamer Gear. You can get these pads in different thicknesses, but even the 1/8" thickness layered on top of an inflatab...

In GEAR » Is this sleeping pad combo sufficiently warm for a PCT thru hike?
December 17, 12:10pm

Don't need super high end
First off, I'd look primarily at Samsung models as if I understand it correctly, they're becoming the only ones who still do removable batteries. You can get an add-on battery boost thing ...

In GEAR » Best Smartphone for GPS?
December 15, 11:08am

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