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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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long enough pants == no gaiters
Assuming not a lot of snow or wet conditions that might, say, involve goretex socks, I've become a convert to the idea of no gaiters, just reasonably long pant legs that cover the shoe top to s...

In GEAR » pant to gaiter to shoe...
April 05, 7:31pm

Re: Golite Poncho/Tarp=Multi Use
Sink. If you have a ccf (closed cell foam) pad, roll it loosely and stand it on end, tie cord around it. Put poncho over it and form a bowl on the upper end of the column formed by the ccf pad (i...

In Multiple Use Gear » Golite Poncho/Tarp=Multi Use
April 05, 7:24pm

I prefer a monocular
There are advantages to a monocular apart from weight. The smaller size (and weight) allows me to keep my monocular very handy, quick to pull out from off a pack strap. You might find that binoc...

In GEAR » Binoculars
March 05, 3:10pm

Golite --- wide toe box, anyway
I like the Golite shoe line for the wide toe box in, I think, all their models (I'm mostly using their Sun Dragons). The heel isn't particularly narrow, but maybe some sort of insert could...

In GEAR » Seeking proper fit shoe last!
February 24, 12:05pm

peanut butter
Oh, and I should mention that my gear list includes a little extra peanut butter for strategic use should I ever camp near you and you're playing that harmonica ... ;-) I was in a sort of r...

In Gear Lists » Another PCT Gear list
February 20, 9:20am

deploy the mylar how?
I saw a picture somewhere of a guy with a space blanket just draped over him; seems to me you could get pretty hot under it that way, even though the direct sun is deflected. I've been plann...

In Gear Lists » Another PCT Gear list
February 20, 9:15am

Possible? Yes. A good idea? No.
IMO it might be possible to go up Rainier in warm clothes and kahtoola's, but I wouldn't do it --- it is indeed an intense experience. To put this in context, I plan to thru-hike the PCT t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » UL up Rainier in the summer?
February 19, 10:54am

Consider a phone (!)
Another avenue to consider is --- if you might be in the market for a new cell phone --- to get one with a built-in GPS receiver. Then you buy software for whatever platform your phone supports (...

In GEAR » WTB New Handheld GPS-Recommendations Please?
February 16, 12:07pm

Weight of Mountain Hardware Absolute Zero Overboots?
The article lists the Mountain Hardware Absolute Zero Overboots at 14 ounces/pair. Looking around at places that actually sell these, some are listing the weight at double that --- 1 pound 12 oz ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 2: Components
February 14, 10:26pm

Integral Designs Hot Socks
A lighter option --- certainly not as warm but lighter --- are the Integral Designs Hot Socks, reviewed here I believe. Mine weigh 5.0 ounces (141 grams) in size large --- that's the pair in...

In GEAR » Down Booties
February 08, 5:35am

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