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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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Re: How do I avoid chafing?
Since I normally wear briefs rather than boxers (TMI?), my approach to this issue was to get a sort of brief that has longer "legs" that cover the upper thigh. I think what I'm usi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do I avoid chafing?
September 26, 11:51pm

re: Curious about NeoAir temps
Good thoughts, Scott. Crap, as I go through this exercise I'm afraid the result is going to be to add to rather than reduce my pack weight, but I can always send stuff home if I don't need...

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
September 25, 8:49am

beer can pot, nestor
Thanks for the clear details on what you're doing for "kitchen" stuff, Troy. Assuming your 4 oz weight is 4.0 oz, that compares to 6.8 oz that I'm carrying, as you're not in...

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
September 24, 7:21pm

re: brrr
I *think* I'll be fine at those temps; I had no problems with about the same setup in the Sierras in June last year, and in fact didn't use all the clothes I brought there. But in the Sier...

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
September 24, 6:25pm

Specifics --- thanks!
I appreciate the specific comments, Troy. Some responses --- not as "argument", just interaction: "I would say ditch the ULA water filter for something lighter." I'm ...

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
September 24, 11:32am

Whiteblaze ...
Thanks, Troy. In fact, I looked pretty carefully at Whiteblaze and couldn't find any clear place to post a gear list there --- certainly I could put it in either their "thru-hiker specifi...

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
September 23, 11:22pm

NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
My current gearlist for an Appalachian Trail NOBO thru-hike is at (pdf file) Thanks in advance for any sort of feedback on this, but in particular I'm interested...

In Gear Lists » NOBO AT list, Late Feb start
September 23, 7:22pm

ditto, more or less
I more or less agree on the "pinch on nose bridge" type of mini-reading glasses that can fit in a wallet. Thanks (and I do mean thanks) to the link given earlier, I also ordered somethin...

In Multiple Use Gear » Reading glasses
September 23, 1:02am

RE: To freezer bag or not to freezer bag
Another tip I recall from "The FBC Queen" is to use name brand freezer bags, I think Glad or Ziplock. I ate most of my meals on the PCT last year out of freezer bags, well over 100 dinn...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » To freezer bag or not to freezer bag
September 23, 12:54am

"Bulges out at the pad"
In terms of the "bulges out at the pad" problem, consider whether you need/want to cram stuff down in the pack so tight that it forces that bulge out. Instead, pack it higher (extension ...

In GEAR » Gossamer Gear Mariposa question
September 22, 8:20am

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