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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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also booties, and ...
I have to pile on too about the Feathered Friends down booties. I also enjoyed my Montbell Alpinelight down parka in the earlier part of the year. For a third I'll also list the Neo-air. ...

In GEAR » Your Best Gear of 2010
December 27, 8:34pm

Pad on top +1
I can't claim to have done extensive "both ways" testing, but my feeling too is that the pad on top is warmer, for just the reasons previously cited. I used a setup similar to Ryan...

In GEAR » Neoair and Z lite for winter Cmaping
December 19, 1:33pm

Golite shoes: durability
I managed to thru-hike the PCT using first and second generation Golites, but indeed they were not very durable. I had no question about the utility of gaiters on that trip, as for much of the tim...

In Philosophy & Technique » Toe problem's
December 18, 1:21pm

silicone toe separators
Look online to see if you can find silicone toe separators; I have the same problem on and off, and this has worked for me, as have also injinji toe socks. For some products that help this, look f...

In Philosophy & Technique » Toe problem's
December 15, 5:37pm

Re: I use the lightweight plastic jar it comes in
Ditto, jar it comes in on longer trips, with the caveat that I like to buy these at places like gas station mini-marts, as they sometimes carry smaller sized jars, i.e., a 12 oz rather than an 18 o...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Peanut butter lovers - what do you carry it in
December 12, 3:25pm

keep it coming?
"Please keep it coming." Really? I thought the prior responses were plenty, but okay --- when I finished walking through Pennsylvania this year my overall reaction was "yes th...

In GEAR » PA Section of the AT in July/August??
December 12, 11:21am

depends ...
I think this depends on more than just "are bear cannisters required or not". Are bears much of a concern where you're going? How about rodents? I.e., what exactly are you most co...

In GEAR » Bear Bags
December 12, 11:12am

"would the databook and halfmile's maps be a sufficient combination?" I'm not positive that Halfmile's maps are complete yet (?), maybe they are now. I personally would su...

In GEAR » Are maps required for PCT thru-hike?
December 10, 1:59pm

Oops, just re-read and I see the early June start --- a little awkward, a late start for a NOBO, and perhaps a little early (?) for a PCT SOBO. In fact, PCT thru-hikers (NOBOs) tend to be com...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 3 months to hike
December 09, 12:34pm

Rather than the AT, I'd suggest just hiking as much of the PCT as your schedule allows, finish up the rest some other year. Or cherry pick best parts of it, spending more time perhaps in pla...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 3 months to hike
December 09, 12:29pm

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