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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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that's about all I know ...
"when you say that you think we would probably need more than basic neoprene socks do you mean that more than that would be necessary to be comfortable or safe?" Unfortunately I don...

In GEAR » Footwear for Zion Narrows in November?
October 17, 11:02am

renting other gear?
If you're renting other gear, or perhaps having someone shuttle you to the top of the narrows, then I'd rent what they're offering for footware. My recollection is that indeed neoprene...

In GEAR » Footwear for Zion Narrows in November?
October 16, 6:57pm

airmat with ccf pad likely okay
I've never had a leak in an air mattress. For the PCT, I used Montbell's torso pad plus "toggles to it" pillow system, but I put that on TOP of a full length 3/8" pad. My...

In GEAR » PCT Sleeping Pad
October 15, 10:29am

Washington State, best long hike?
Wonderland trail, if you can reserve camping spaces --- this isn't a trail that you just go and do on an impulse. Find out when they start taking reservations and get in your "bid" o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Washington State, best long hike?
October 13, 3:32pm

20 - 30 days unsupported?!?
David said: "In my opinion, a true Thru Hike involves much unsupported time - 20, 30 days. That requires a high volume pack." That's a new one on me. Where and what are you thru-h...

In GEAR » Best thru hiking pack
October 12, 6:51pm

A little bit of everything
I'm with the guy who earlier said "latest and greatest", such that a person end up with multiple versions of all sorts of things. My kids are often the beneficiaries of the upgrade c...

In GEAR » What's Your Weakness?
October 11, 10:07am

"We like to eat together"
Since I do a lot of solo hiking, I have a decent solo setup: 850 ml MDL pot/cup, and a compact version of the caldera cone that they don't seem to offer any more that fits into it. Since I&#...

In GEAR » Cook/Eat System
October 11, 9:58am

not a lot of rainy days (maybe) on the PCT ...
I used a wind shirt and a poncho on the PCT, didn't carry a rain jacket, and this was a good combo IMO. Factor in that for much of the PCT it doesn't rain much; in 2008 I walked in virtua...

In GEAR » Rain anorak as wind shirt?
October 11, 9:46am

Prusik knot to attach a little hook
"The question is for those who have one, could you tell me what the front guyline clip looks like? I've read through the setup directions a dozen times and checked my tarp for the sliding ...

In GEAR » SMD Wild Oasis - Guylines
October 11, 9:34am

Golite brand shoes
All Golite brand shoes (or at least "all" to my knowledge") have wide toe boxes --- you can just look at the shoe and see that it's shaped more like an actual foot than many/most...

In GEAR » Lightest Trail Runners with Large Toebox?
August 31, 5:40am

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