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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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poles, but carry 'em on the flats
I'm with the majority in having switched last year to be a two-stick hiker. But when the trail is pretty good and relatively flat, I really enjoy just carrying them both in one hand --- swingi...

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL packs & trek pole usefulness?
April 09, 1:22am

wait how long with AM?
No expert I on these issues, but when possible I like to tank up on water at the last water source I anticipate before I find my campsite. Then at least the water I drink later in the evening, dur...

In Philosophy & Technique » lightweight techniques for H20 filtration
April 06, 11:08am

Re: thanks for the shoe feedback
Great point on the "good initially but not for long" issue. I haven't been wearing trail runners long myself, and am inclined to try a couple of other models over the next few mont...

In GEAR » looking for good, light trailrunners
April 06, 10:39am

New Balance 872's
No personal experience, but the New Balance 872 is reviewed on this site:

In GEAR » looking for good, light trailrunners
April 06, 1:29am

gaitors plus mesh shoes
I'm moving to mesh shoes too. Gaitors could be good for snow when I'm wearing a gore-tex sock, but that assumes the gaitor is high enough to cover the opening to the gore-tex sock. Othe...

In Philosophy & Technique » Gaiters with breathable shoes
April 05, 12:44pm

bring a fill-bottle
When I'm using a platypus, I carry a 20-oz or 24-oz pop bottle and use that to fill. Screw on some sort of filter cap if desired, push the bottle underwater, squeeze the middle of the bottle t...

In Philosophy & Technique » lightweight techniques for H20 filtration
April 05, 12:37pm

Suggest more data wrt the question
I suggest you specify any additional criteria you can --- in particular, do you favor goretex "waterproof", or more of an emphasis on "gets wet quick but dries out quick too"? ...

In GEAR » looking for good, light trailrunners
April 05, 12:30pm

Goretex plus breathable shoe a winner
I'm hoping to through-hike the PCT next year, so am trying to figure out my gear this year --- this article series is a great basis for thinking through the Sierras stretch. I was able to do...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel
Part 1: Principles and Techniques for Keeping Feet Dry and Warm

April 04, 12:38pm

Re: Off weights
I suggest an easy and "precise enough" calibration test for a scale that weighs to the individual gram (i.e., an inexpensive type electronic scale). Find some coins that look quite new &...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Off weights
April 01, 4:52pm

Put the pillow under the sleeping bag hood
In the YMMV category, I've never related to the need for a specialized stuff sack that has a fuzzy side to make it a better pillow (Granite Gear sells one of these too). I put whatever pillo...

In GEAR » Best pillow?
March 31, 12:03pm

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