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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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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

yes, include coastal
If your focus is on how well the gear serves, I agree that I'd include some coastal hiking (the Olympics can offer that too of course). You get salt water impact on gear, lots of wind, differe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Miserable Environment: The Worst Conditions?
March 30, 4:02pm

GG coming out with ...
The latest email to Gossamer Gear customers says that they will be coming out with removeable waist belt pockets for all their packs, and more pack pocket options later. I don't think a spec...

In GEAR » Belt or Shoulder pockets
March 28, 2:13pm

Nano <> Epic
I was at the PCT Trailfest in Seattle yesterday, and a FF representative was there with a couple of sleeping bags on display. If I recall correctly, one was a hummingbird model (?) with Nano fabric...

In GEAR » Nano Material from Feathered Friends
March 25, 10:18am

What I like and don't like in a gear website
I got in a somewhat uncomfortable discussion on another forum when I expressed my frank (poor) opinion of the Dirty Girl Gaitors website, I mean nothing negative...

In On the Web » Web Site Critiquing
March 24, 8:17pm

GG padding like several others ...
Gee, my choices seem popular (I guess that's comforting ). I've recently changed what I use and don't have any trail miles on the new setup yet; I've tried the lightest thermares...

In GEAR » What do you sleep on?
March 22, 2:59pm

Consider the ULA Amigo Pro
I've been using chemicals (Aqua Mira) lately, but I think it's likely I'll buy an Amigo Pro, $45, 7.5 oz, gravity filter that uses a Katadyn c...

In GEAR » Water filtration
March 22, 2:47pm

Weight of VB sock options?
I've never used VB socks (or VB anything). I definitely agree that gore-tex shoes ultimately get wet and take too long to dry, but I'm concerned by the number of layers implied to deal wit...

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

March 21, 12:15pm

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