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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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MLD UL Compact and 850 ML pot
MLD (okay, Trail Designs) Caldera UL Compact system: and matching MLD 850 ML titanium pot: I measure this at 39 grams total (1.4 oz): 1...

In GEAR » Christmas Loot! Show us what ya got!
December 26, 10:02am

Re: Peripheral vision - night walking without light
I did; it's quite an interesting article, and long enough to be a bit of a committment to read through --- but once started, it was interesting to read to the end. It's something I'd l...

In Philosophy & Technique » Peripheral vision
December 24, 4:58pm

warning on replaceable batteries ...
My Suunto altimeter started acting wonky, so I reluctantly did a search and just got a Casio triple sensor --- of the bazillion of model variants I opted for one that doesn't do radio time upda...

In GEAR » Casio Pathfinder Triple Sensor Watches...
December 16, 11:05am

re: rain "leggings"
"I'm wondering if anyone has tried making rain "leggings" to go with their Poncho." I did this (home made rain chaps) using dri-ducks pants (similar to frogg toggs). Jus...

In GEAR » Another Rain Gear Thread
December 14, 8:43am

outfitters along the PCT
"Are there stores along the pct where you can purchase UL gear? I'm interested in the Montbell UL 90 aswell." I in fact used a Montbell UL 90 on most of the PCT, though I put a ccf...

In GEAR » nightlight torso + thinlight
December 12, 9:57pm

brasslight vs. fancy feast
I own a brasslight and actually switched to the fancy feast alcohol stove. Andrew Skurka's directions are very clear at and it ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » alcohol stove input needed
December 12, 9:45pm

Consider Gaia GPS
I don't own an iPhone, but I've read good things about Gaia GPS,

In GEAR » Anyone use TomTom for Iphone for Hiking GPS
December 12, 9:36pm

Skurka stove is dead simple
I really liked the cat food can stove as Andrew Skurka described it. I like it because it's so easy to make, and make to work reliably well. A pepsi can stove takes some additional effort and...

In GEAR » Alchohol Stoves
December 12, 9:30pm

more data please
How old are you? Which thickness of thinlight? "I've been considering using these both together as part of my sleep system for a pct thru-hike." Does the phrase "part of y...

In GEAR » nightlight torso + thinlight
December 12, 8:09am

2-layer, and walking vs. camp
Starting on the AT in February I'm going with a MB Alpine Light Parka (I finally decided on the parka despite an initial inclination towards the jacket ...), and a MB Thermawrap Vest. In add...

In GEAR » Layering Insulated Jackets vs One Heavy Jacket
December 10, 11:17am

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