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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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Campmor poncho --- good, but some downsides
I've got one of the normal (not extended) Campmor (aka Equinox Terrapin) ponchos, and on the whole I agree it's a good piece of kit and a good value --- it fits me well, and the design seem...

In GEAR » Poncho Vs. Rain Jacket
June 27, 1:08pm

REI Carbon Fiber == Good
I've got the REI carbon fiber poles, and I like them a lot. They can slip on you; the annoying time is when it's cold enough that you really don't want to take off a mitten but need to...

In GEAR » Trekking pole newbie questions what makes 1 better than another, solid/adjustable,why? Recommendations
June 27, 12:53pm

YMMV on this too
Interesting to read comments from different perspectives; one person suggested cutting the straps off the poles, whereas I think of the wrist straps as being pretty essential. Each to their own! ...

In GEAR » fixed length poles
May 05, 8:42am

How I hung the socks
I draped them over a plastic coat hanger and hung that on the shower head. So yes --- they weren't rounded, pretty flat, though the tetrasoks have some "anatomical shape" to them, yo...

In GEAR » Coolmax and moisture management
May 02, 12:53pm

Re: Coolmax and moisture management
Thanks, Benjamin, good points. But --- in an apples-to-apples context, I know that if I hang my normal fairly thin liner socks in the same place for the same time, they would be significantly dr...

In GEAR » Coolmax and moisture management
May 02, 11:42am

Coolmax and moisture management
I bought a couple pairs of Injinji tetrasok's ("toe socks"), and ordered these through the mail to get the "performance" series, the ones made with Coolmax. My thought was ...

In GEAR » Coolmax and moisture management
May 02, 8:34am

Pipe insulation --- sizing
I just tried out Peter King's excellent suggestion for using pipe insulation to protect the c.f. shaft. The c.f. shaft is pretty much exactly 3/4" in diameter, so my natural thought was...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Care & Feeding of a ULA Helix Ice Axe
April 30, 1:48pm

Swiss Army Minichamp
It's true that the swiss army knife approach often leaves you carrying various weird tools that you don't or only rarely use, but I nevertheless carry a Swiss Army Minichamp II, http://www...

In GEAR » UL Trail knife
April 30, 1:25pm

Re: re:Care & Feeding of a ULA Helix Ice Axe
A follow-up to my earlier comment about covering the pick and adze of the Helix in a pretty U.L. manner --- for carrying the axe on a delicate backpack, etc. I wrote previously: "a friend s...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Care & Feeding of a ULA Helix Ice Axe
April 27, 1:03pm

And I bought the Sun Dragons ...
I've been closely following this thread and was torn between trying the Golite Sun Dragons and the Montrail Vitesse. I went with the Sun Dragons. I've not put many miles on them yet (just...

In GEAR » looking for good, light trailrunners
April 26, 12:56pm

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