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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.
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All Forum Posts by Brian Lewis

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cheap casio
Except for the thermometer, a cheap casio matches the desired feature list, and I would point out is lighter weight than pretty much any "adventure" type watch I see on display at REI or ...

In GEAR » favorite watch???
June 24, 6:00am

Re: Words to hike by
The highest form of trail wisdom is knowing when to listen to your body, and when to tell it to shut the hell up.

In Philosophy & Technique » Words to hike by
June 24, 5:58am

who controls your pace, breaks?
One point I will make about using trail runners in snow is that it's helpful to be in sufficiently good shape that you don't have to walk slow and/or take a lot of breaks. Or be yoked to a...

In Philosophy & Technique » Trail running shoes in Winter
June 22, 10:25am

chaps work for me
I too have a pair of very light non-breathable chaps. Not only are they very lightweight, they're also very low bulk, so I'm happy to toss them in if a trip looks a bit iffy. It's n...

In GEAR » Do non-breathable rain chaps work?
June 20, 9:13pm

backup light alternatives
I'm not a big fan of carrying a whistle, though sometimes do, and my fire starter solution always at least starts with the idea that I'm typically carrying a fair bit of dry toilet paper (n...

In GEAR » Missing "essential" items: backup light, whistle, and fire starter
June 20, 9:08pm

GPS as nav learning tool
Back to the original topic ... I don't think anyone has yet mentioned that a GPS can be useful for at least some people as an *aid* to learning land navigation. For one thing, it can be pre...

In Philosophy & Technique » Is GPS All in Our Heads?
June 20, 9:01pm

get fit on the trip itself
I've had mixed results at trying to get fit in preparation for a specific trip. Sometimes I do an okay job at it, sometimes life intervenes and I can't (and/or don't). The great thin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Staying fit for long hikes
June 15, 10:33am

depends on how "long"
W.r.t. this: "how their gear list changes/beefs up (for the same area they are hiking in and same season) for longer stints." I add a pair of very light running shorts and light t-shir...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Are you a (long) weekend warrior? Longer stints, gear list change much?
June 13, 12:06pm

MLD mitts more durable than you might guess
I've been surprised how well my MLD mitts have held up. I've no experience with cuben mitts, but did have a pair at one time of something made of a material quite like (or the same as) dri...

In GEAR » More durable, MLD Event rain mitts or Zpacks WPB Cuben mitts?
May 20, 11:24am

a similar thread
FWIW, this was hammered on pretty recently on another site, http://www.backpacking.net/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showthreaded&Number=176815#Post176815 I expect others, such as whiteblaze hav...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Help me go Solo!
May 19, 11:59am

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