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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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Not disagreeing with Mike here overall, but I think the answer is a little less clear cut. I suggest that you monitor the Postholer snow conditions info and make your decision at the relative last...

In Gear Lists » PCT / summer backpacking list -- input appreciated
February 01, 11:52am

eVent Packa
"Brian do you have the silnylon or event? How does it breathe with the pit zips?" I have the eVent, bought it in person from Cedar Tree last year at Trail Days in Damascus --- after me...

In GEAR » Alternative to the Packa?
January 31, 8:34pm

Groundcloth on snow/ice?
Hopefully not too much of a hijack of this thread, as some earlier comments related --- I just did a 3-day snowshoe trip where I slept under a tarp on snow/ice. I.e., packed down slick snow, vir...

In Make Your Own Gear » Ground Cloth for a Pyramid...Need Advice
January 31, 10:25am

hoodless rain jackets
Thinking about this a little more ... "... but who sells a good, light, *hoodless* rain jacket?!?" A dri-ducks jacket is about 7+ oz, so I suppose a person could just cut off the ho...

In GEAR » Alternative to the Packa?
January 31, 10:06am

Rain pants?
"... as I know I can just do the traditional approach ( jacke, pants, and packcover )" One way you could consider saving weight instead is to not bring rain pants. I brought very ligh...

In GEAR » Alternative to the Packa?
January 31, 9:34am

Droid X thoughts
I have a Droid X I plan to use in the same way, but unfortunately have little experience with it thus far to share. One app you might consider is a voice recorder; I forget the name but I found a...

In GEAR » Droid on the Trail
January 27, 8:55pm

rent canisters
"... and still not sure how we will split it up as we dont want to buy 3 bear canisters" Sorry for the thread drift, but consider renting canisters. I believe you can do this in Yosem...

In Gear Lists » PCT / summer backpacking list -- input appreciated
January 27, 10:52am

Packs: I think a Circuit is a fine choice for you. I had something on the order of what your weight looks to be ending up at, and did exceed 40 pounds a bit starting into the Sierras. I used a G...

In Gear Lists » PCT / summer backpacking list -- input appreciated
January 27, 1:23am

Equally unscientific, my brief experiements at this also suggest that the ccf pad above the inflatable is warmer. So like I think a number of people now do, if I'm pretty sure I'll be warm...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Using two pads: closed cell foam below or above inflatable pad for best warmth/insulation from cold?
January 26, 12:53am

Mike said: "do a little impromptu survey of past PCT thru hikers, I think you'd find that the overwhelming majority used down bags and I'm guessing that most wouldn't change that...

In GEAR » Down in the PNW
January 25, 9:40am

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