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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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A baselayer doesn't have to be tight
In colder climate/months I incline towards a more typical base layer, but not always. If warmer or if I just want the pockets, I go with a light long sleeved button-up shirt right next to my skin....

In Philosophy & Technique » Layering: Staying Comfortable in the Mountains
February 14, 10:56am

It depends ...
I have personal experience with this, in a way at least. What you almost never can find on questions like this is someone who has recently tried it "both ways", so there's almost alw...

In GEAR » cuben vs. silnylon for a tent floor
February 13, 10:30am

Yes to KO
I strongly agree with the idea of leveraging the ADZPCTKO for this. Specifically, I'd contact the organizers, find them via: If you can wrangle a sort of "stat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » FOOT GROWTH STUDY!!!!
February 11, 10:56am

We're diverse
People will often be eager to give advice to new backpackers, so the most important suggestion I have is to recognize that what a person is earnestly telling you is the best gear item or the best t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Best single piece of advice for new UL backpackers? Particularly women?
February 09, 11:47am

That dingy motel room ...
That dingy motel room might feel fairly luxurious when you're thru-hiking. There certainly are people who do what you're talking about, but they tend to be folks on a tight budget, or the ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Nero day hot showers on a thru hike?
February 06, 10:07am

Cuben is great for a rain kilt
I agree with Michael L on this point, I think that Cuben is a fine choice for a rain skirt. For the reasons he gives, plus just empirically I hiked the CDT with a cuben rain kilt and used it a fai...

In GEAR » Which Rain Kilt
February 05, 9:26am

No, but ...
I didn't own any cuben gear until my last thru-hike. But I had a Lightheart Solo with cuben upper, a cuben rain skirt and cuben pack cover for my CDT thru, and they all held up well. I'd ...

In GEAR » Anyone used the same piece of cuben gear for more than one thru-hike?
February 03, 10:30pm

Another 'YMMV' issue
To this comment: "It's a good June-August jacket but a little light for shoulder season use." I would say that's likely to be true for a lot of folks, but not universally true...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Down Jacket
January 30, 9:22am

It depends ...
Really depends on your cooking 'style' and expectations, and FWIW I don't see that this is particular to the CDT in any way. When my wife and I backpack together, I just carry the sa...

In GEAR » best 2 person stove system for CDT?
January 25, 10:17am

How much capacity?
In a normal year I'd suggest 6 liter capacity, though of course that depends on you and various other factors. Do you like to avoid using cache's or do you just take all you need at cache&...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Water Capacity for 2014 April 16th Thru Hike
January 22, 9:02am

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