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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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leery of shoes with aggressive traction
My experience with Golite shoes suggests that a shoe that has aggressive traction (deep lugs) might actually be very bad on wet rocks. One of the downsides of my Golite Sun Dragon's is that th...

In GEAR » Shoes/trail runners on wet rocks
August 12, 10:17am

sleep with food?
From the reports here, an Outsak seems like a good idea. I live in the PNW, and normally use an Ursack but didn't even think about bringing it when I went to the Grand Canyon in March. My...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » URsack in the Grand Canyon
August 12, 10:11am

not too tight?
If these are the type of gloves I'm thinking of, don't they fit pretty snug, even tight? At least that's been my experience with, say, disposable latex type gloves you get at a hardwar...

In Multiple Use Gear » Latex gloves
August 12, 10:07am

Re: Need feedback on a gatewood cape and bug tent
I just bought the GC, and have the nettent on order --- when I called a few days ago they had the cape ready to ship, but told me that the nettent would be about two weeks out. I was quite pleased...

In GEAR » Need feedback on a gatewood cape and bug tent
August 10, 8:43pm

Re: Left over Aquamira
"Not that you asked, but next time around, order the tablets." Try pricing the tablets vs. the liquid on a per-liter-treated basis --- chlorine dioxide tablets are a lot more expensive...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Left over Aquamira
August 10, 8:17pm

re: GoLite Versa Force shoe mens 10/10.5
I went ahead and bought a pair of Versa Force shoes in my size (11/11.5) on sale at $65, just came in today, so to some degree at least I can answer my own question. I just walked briefly around i...

In Gear Swap » GoLite Versa Force shoe mens 10/10.5
August 10, 10:25am

re: GoLite Versa Force shoe mens 10/10.5
Hi Carol. Unfortunately the wrong size for me, but I'm highly interested in your comment about them having "more of a running shoe heel". I too love Sun Dragons, hiked the whole PCT...

In Gear Swap » GoLite Versa Force shoe mens 10/10.5
August 06, 9:14pm

general discussion about stove fuels
Have a look at I sometimes carry everclear as some or all of my planned stove fuel, with the idea of also making a nice mixed drink on the last day or two (1:7 eve...

In GEAR » alcohol stove
August 05, 1:59pm

Re: My General 3 Season Gear List
Agreed on replacing the fleece. Do you really need rainpants? For myself I find that unless it's quite cold and windy, I'm better off without them when walking because with them on I ge...

In Gear Lists » My General 3 Season Gear List
August 01, 1:17pm

Re: "ULers Carrying an Extra 20-40 lbs - WHY?!"
I had the privilege of meeting and talking for a while with two trail legends on the PCT last year, Scott Williamson ("Yo Yo") and Tatoo Joe. Scott looks --- and is --- the sort of poste...

In Philosophy & Technique » ULers Carrying an Extra 20-40 lbs - WHY?!
July 30, 10:23pm

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