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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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All Forum Posts by Brian Lewis

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tarp to start, then tent for bugs
Like Dave, I used just a poncho-tarp (and a very light, not waterproof bivy) for the first 700 miles, then I switched to a fairly light (single wall) tent at Kennedy Meadows. I'd do exactly th...

In GEAR » PCT sleep system help
February 01, 11:44am

GC vs. roomier tent
I'm in a similar situation for my Appalachian Trail thru-hike attempt starting in just under a month. I used a TT Contrail as my tent for the PCT and like it a lot, but had decided to go with ...

In GEAR » TT Moment vs. SMD Gatewood & Serentity combo
January 31, 12:00pm

If you backpack or hike enough ...
If you live in WA state or at least backpack or hike there enough to make it worth while, you could buy the WA state software from the likes of National Geographic Topo or These ar...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Green Trails maps
January 30, 11:24am

Re: Competitive weight
To be clear (I've seen confusion on this point on other threads), I'm not talking about the traditonal Ursack, but a new product by the same manufacturer that's not bear proof but inten...

In GEAR » Outsak UL food storage bag
January 28, 1:20pm

depends on what you use it for ...
I think the reaction to the iPad might depend on how and where a person wants to use it. For me personally, and in a backpacking context, it's massively un-interesting. That's not to say ...

In GEAR » The iPad Thread
January 28, 1:13pm

Competitive weight
At 4.1 oz for a 630 c.i. bag, that's getting close to the Ursack Minor at 2.7 oz for a 650 c.i. bag. It would be interesting to have someone do an independent shoot-out between these two, te...

In GEAR » Outsak UL food storage bag
January 27, 2:37pm

iPhone bear scare app
Another approach is to get the iPhone "Scarebear" app that Stephen Colbert describes about a minute and thirty seconds into this video ...

In GEAR » Ursack Update
January 27, 2:31pm

Palisade alternative?
I wonder with the rule changes in the JMT how the various agencies would react to use of the Palisade: It's a fairly light bear bag that...

In GEAR » Ursack Update
January 27, 12:21pm

BearVault stuck lid?
"As far as canisters, I am not a fan of the Bear Vault. The lids on those things are not easy to open with cold hands. I've also seen one that just would not open no matter how hard 2 peop...

In GEAR » Ursack Update
January 25, 10:11pm

ID Hotsocks vs. FF booties in FF shells
"And as I said earlier, when it's just 'cool,' I use ID HotSocks with the shells." Serendipitously, I too own both Hotsocks and (now very recently) Feathered Friends down b...

In Gear Deals » Down Booties
January 24, 1:00pm

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