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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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durability of light mitten shells
IMO, or at least for my use, there's a tough trade-off to make in terms of durability versus weight of a mitten shell. I have an REI mitten shell of a type that provides a small amount of warm...

In GEAR » Mitten Shell
January 02, 11:47am

Not just exposure but forests can be tough
I think a person would end up being somewhat --- no, make that quite --- "creative" in the actual route they followed. Relative to where the literal PCT lies. And apart from just follow...

In Winter Hiking » Winter PCT
November 30, 5:00pm

Re: Backpack attatchment
Link to directions to attach an umbrella to a backpack: Not sure if this is th...

In GEAR » The Pros and Cons of Backpacking Umbrellas
November 30, 4:06pm

Re: Backpack attatchment
Link to directions to attach an umbrella to a backpack: Not sure if this is th...

In GEAR » The Pros and Cons of Backpacking Umbrellas
November 30, 1:00pm

Look at Carbon Fyre review companion thread
Look at the companion thread to the review of Golite Carbon Fyre shoes, here: I'm still wearing...

In GEAR » GoLite shoe wear........
November 03, 12:53pm

solar hat
I want a wide-brimmed hat whose brim is covered with flexible, durable, and effective solar collecting material of some sort, to trickle power to a battery or directly to whatever power-hungry devi...

In GEAR » If Only Someone Made A.....
November 03, 12:45pm

why MP3 player if ...
If your cell phone has a built-in MP3 player, why bring a separate one? True, a dedicated MP3 might be a little easier to use, and might have DRM to allow use of commercial audiobooks, but if you...

In Gear Lists » '08 AT Thru Gearlist
November 03, 12:11pm

ULA Axis is a lighter option
ULA Axis 8-point crampons are lighter, mine weigh 8.2 oz (for the pair) with the straps trimmed to the minimum I need to wear them over my trail runners. The catch is, at least in my experience, y...

In GEAR » Anyone use Yaktrax, Yaktrax Pro or Stabilicers for traction on relatively flat trails? Light crampons?
October 18, 8:33pm

everclear availability
I see you live in the PNW as do I. ~Pure alcohol is available in liquor stores in some states, but not in others; I think it's another case of the authorities reckoning that the citizens are t...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » booze, drinks, etc
October 14, 11:18am

HBP contents
Sunglasses when not on my face. Gorp in double ziplock (my theory is this reduces food odor on my pack, particularly after the ziplock starts to wear after a few days); maybe a trailbar too. Thi...

In GEAR » What do you all put into your hipbelt pockets?
September 27, 10:52am

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