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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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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

Re: winter gloves/mitts
I think based on this or a similar thread I recently ordered a pair of Dachstein mitts, dense 100% wool mittens made in Austria. I had read in some places online that these are hard to get; I didn...

In GEAR » Recommend me a Winter glove system
January 24, 3:51pm

Looks good overall
Down jacket: I don't think it matters, either should be plenty IMO, though with a 30-degree bag I guess you want to augment your warmth with the jacket. I know the Alpine Light is quite warm, ...

In Gear Lists » PCT / summer backpacking list -- input appreciated
January 19, 9:28am

GC with or without bivy
I think it depends on the specific conditions. In very high winds you would need to pitch lower than I personally would like to try to pitch it. Starting on the AT with a GC last year I brought a...

In GEAR » Gatewood Cape
January 12, 11:26am

My latest favorite Golite shoe ...
For this year, I tried out three shoes: Mazuno Wave Ascend 5, Montrail Sabino Trail, and Golite Amp Lite. The first two don't feel like they have quite the toe box width as the Golites do; m...

In GEAR » Lightest Trail Runners with Large Toebox?
January 08, 5:16pm

+1 mittens, -1 gloves
It does seem amazing to me how hard it can be to find decent mittens. I lost one fleece mitten early on the AT this past year and was looking in outfitters all along the trail and found that no on...

In GEAR » Gloves, liners, gauntlets, mitts, muffs, etc. What are you wearing and when?
January 08, 8:13am

whatever is cheap
Since despite prior intentions (good or otherwise) I'm like most thru-hikers in that I eat a lot of crap along the trail, I take a multi-vitamin each day. Just bought the big jar at Costco of ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Multi-Vitamin for a long distance trek?
January 08, 7:53am

As a Brit ...
Ed, "as a Brit", you might consider software, as I know that they handle ordnance survey maps too, whereas Topo is US-centric. memory-map sells per-state map packages as d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » NatGeo Topo
January 07, 12:57pm

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