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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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Re: Poncho/Bivy in the sierra's?
If indeed the bivy isn't breathable, one issue you might have to deal with is insects, depending on exactly when you're there --- if the bivy isn't a credible place to spend your time t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Poncho/Bivy in the sierra's?
May 18, 10:38am

Re: PCT or AT first?
"The PCT is completely doable as a first thru-hike." Agreed. The PCT is the only long hike I've done; I live in the West so it was a natural for me, but it was the one I really wa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT or AT first?
April 30, 11:31am

GPS, food
"Any GPS recommendations?" If you get one with pre-loaded maps, check out the scale --- a friend doing the CDT this year got the Garmin Colorado and it has preloaded maps, but at 1:100...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » pct southbound 2009
April 30, 11:24am

perhaps add insole to mesh shoes
Chris mentioned the Sprint Nylon Mesh Shoes; I've not been using these for a while in favor of just no camp shoes, but my foot doctor put me in heavy hiking boots for a month ("think of it...

In Multiple Use Gear » Camp shoes
April 30, 11:17am

Re: pct southbound 2009
I thru-hiked last year, but NOBO, same trail but certainly a different experience. I live in WA state and my limited experience in higher country during June is that there can indeed be a lot of s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » pct southbound 2009
April 29, 8:04am

Re: ID Hot Socks
I agree with Neil, my wife and I both have the ID Hot Sock, and they work well. I don't think they're as warm as down booties. The downside is that, for the weight, I think at least som...

In GEAR » ID hot socks -- user opinions and alternatives?
April 25, 8:53am

re: Montbell Vest Sizing
My wife and I each own a thermawrap jacket and I have a thermawrap vest as well. my jacket is from ~3 years ago and in size medium it feels to me more like a medium-small. I'm normally a &quo...

In GEAR » Montbell Vest Sizing
April 24, 1:05pm

Re: The bags
I bought one of Sarah's quart freezer bag cozies a couple of years ago and used it daily for months on my PCT thru-hike last year and it's still in excellent shape. And needless to say perh...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cozies and to freezer bag cooking
April 22, 1:20pm

Re: Phone GPS coverage
Chris asked: "For those who have used their phone as gps device for tracking/routing off-road, how has it performed, in particular in hollows, under cover, etc. ? Signal strength, reliability...

In Multiple Use Gear » Do It All Phone
April 18, 8:37pm

Re: A case for smartphones on the trail
It's easy to make a long bulleted list of all the things a smartphone can do on the trail --- and then legitimately be uninterested in some (perhaps many) of them. But my smartphone did enou...

In Multiple Use Gear » A case for smartphones on the trail.
April 17, 1:37pm

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