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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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Poncho, maybe no spinnchaps
I used a poncho and spinnchaps on a recent wet trip (80 miles, got back Sunday). Or rather I happily used the poncho and mostly didn't bother with the spinnchaps. When I was moving, the spin...

In GEAR » Reassure me about my poncho
July 26, 11:13am

Very helpful thread for me
Very helpful comments, from both of you --- thanks. Now I don't have to bother trying the puptent-like setup with the Golite, as I was guessing it will be too short. Richard, I think I unde...

In Multiple Use Gear » GoLite Poncho as hammock fly
July 25, 12:17pm

Re: Re: Trip report on Golite Poncho as HH rainfly
Hi Richard. A concern I would have about laying a tarp or rainjacket or whatever directly over the hammock is ventilation. Depending on the type of weather you're in, I'd be concerned abou...

In Multiple Use Gear » GoLite Poncho as hammock fly
July 24, 10:29am

bivy ==> contrail
Yup, if you're coming from a bivy it's a dead win in covered space, but that's the real context in which you'll notice the bigger footprint. I used a bivy for a relatively short ti...

In GEAR » Tarptent comparison
July 24, 10:21am

Trip report on Golite Poncho as HH rainfly
My 6 - 7 day trip became a 4 - 5 day trip when trail I expected via an old USGS map wasn't there ... long road walk to cell reception. Anyway, I was "fortunate" to have rain a couple...

In Multiple Use Gear » GoLite Poncho as hammock fly
July 23, 12:25pm

Yes, Contrail
I like the contrail a good deal too, have no experience with the Virga. The only caveats I have on the contrail (there's no perfect gear item): - has a relatively large footprint for a solo t...

In GEAR » Tarptent comparison
July 23, 12:05pm

5-pounds mostly good enough
Ditto on the "five pound digital gives grams and ounces" type of scale. But ... there are rare occurances when I wish I had a scale that did more than five pounds. Weighing my food bag ...

In GEAR » Weighing gear?
July 23, 12:00pm

Since you're peak bagging, the issue of snow comes in. It also depends on the peak. I like trail runners for all sorts of things in the Cascades. If I'm climbing anything like a real m...

In GEAR » Shoes for the Cascades
July 18, 9:40am

Just got my golite poncho
Just came in the mail today, 9.9 oz in mesh carry bag, a nice shade of green. Compared to my 7.7 oz smaller (not extended) Campmor poncho, this thing feels fairly huge when I wear it --- to the po...

In Multiple Use Gear » GoLite Poncho as hammock fly
July 16, 4:40pm

iPhone as all-in-one device
Bill said: "I am looking at the things the iPhone can do that would save the weight of the paper stuff I carry. My note book and pencil even though they are light still weigh something. I can ...

In Multiple Use Gear » iPhone for Backpacking-Ready or Not?
July 16, 4:33pm

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