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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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different ways to look at this
Since I now carry two open-cell-foam "underpads", that provides at least a little cushioning and thermal boost if I have to go to ground. The backpadding for my Mariposa Plus backpack is...

In GEAR » exped VS supershelter ?
July 16, 4:14pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: iPhone for Backpacking-Ready or Not?
"We need a thread on the smallest and lightest cell phones" Catch there is that small/light must be traded off versus delivered functionality, and different people will weight the valu...

In Multiple Use Gear » iPhone for Backpacking-Ready or Not?
July 15, 12:02pm

iPhone likely not the best multi-use device
My recollection is that the iPhone doesn't have a real GPS in it (?). I thought through this stuff to some depth recently (though I didn't consider the iPhone); I ended up getting an ETE...

In Multiple Use Gear » iPhone for Backpacking-Ready or Not?
July 13, 10:40pm

cocoon against bare legs
The one time I tried this I too wore thin (silk) longjohns underneath, so I can't say. I briefly tried them at home directly against bare legs, and in the brief attempt they felt okay, but the...

In GEAR » Cocoon Pants - To buy or not to buy
July 11, 10:12am

Go with goretex socks instead
If you're talking about sealskinz socks here, I suggest going with Goretex socks instead. I own both, I started with the Sealskinz, and they're okay, but as the previous poster said, don...

In GEAR » SealSkinz
July 10, 11:11am

Just got mine too
I too just got mine, I've so far taken them on one trip where I wore them in my hammock when it got down to a windy 40 degrees out. I like them fine so far. Based on the (previous?) sizing ...

In GEAR » Cocoon Pants - To buy or not to buy
July 10, 11:03am

Re: My favorite socks
If you do go with Injinji socks, be aware that they come in different materials, and in three different lengths. I like the middle-size length; the shortest are so short that the don't reliabl...

In GEAR » Favorite socks???
July 05, 12:46pm

Re: Re: hammock insulation
I have the GG thinlight 3/8" pad, so I have a sense for what the 1/4" version might be like. My concern with any close-celled foam pad, even one as thin as 1/4", would be that it wo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » U.L and hammocks?
July 05, 2:25am

"The best thing about the SuperShelter, after you have mastered the learning curve, is the ease of augmenting it with very light weight insulation, some or most of which you might have with yo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » U.L and hammocks?
July 03, 11:37am

Re: Re: Not available anywhere?
Thanks, Sarah. That's very gracious of you to say about a competitor! I have your book, and have gone through it multiple times; it's a little like getting the right shoes, though, ever...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Travel Light-Eat Heavy
June 30, 12:47pm

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