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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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So many trails
"For a single extended BPing trip I would seriously look at a PCT/CDT loop." I think that very very (very) few people would be able and WANT to hike all of that as a single trip. The ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What would be your ultimate backpacking adventure?
November 07, 11:38am

Yup, shoes
Count me in with those that mentioned trail shoes --- noting that everyone who did so mentioned *different* trail shoes. That's as it should be. Pretty much every gear item I have could be ...

In GEAR » What's Your Favorite Piece of Gear?
November 04, 9:23am

Sounds good to me
"Is it foolish to think I could get by with a windshirt (houdini), down parka (mointbell UL down parka) driducks rain jacket and maybe some wind pants(montbelll dynamo) for the PCT?" I...

In GEAR » Layering system for PCT and 3 season hiking?
November 03, 9:27am

goretex socks, and swapping packs
I agree about sizing up goretex socks to fit decent wool socks under them. Goretex socks are okay in snow, but it's the wool socks that are critical in the equation. A pair of breadbags makes...

In Gear Lists » 2014 AT NOBO gear list
October 30, 12:07am

Nice light set of gear
I suspect you'll be colder than you'll like starting out, and perhaps at the end as well. With a 28F rated quilt and a tarp, you'll definitely want to be wearing your tights and insul...

In Gear Lists » Pacific Crest Trail 2014 NOBO
October 29, 11:56pm

Ditto Dachsteins
A thin liner glove under dachstein mittens is a solid choice. For a mid-March start, OR PL 400's (mittens, not gloves) is probably okay, under some sort of thin mitten shell (which could just ...

In GEAR » Best cold weather mitt liner
October 29, 10:00am

re: 2014 AT NOBO gear list
I don't see that it's worth switching backpacks, but the options you're using seem great to me. I bought a ULA Circuit about halfway along the AT when my old backpack was wearing out a...

In Gear Lists » 2014 AT NOBO gear list
October 25, 9:13am

Each to their own
I don't know how effective others (including me) will be at diagnosing issues remotely. FWIW, I hiked the "hundred mile wilderness" in trail runners as part of hiking the AT and rec...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Unsure about this conversion from boots to trail shoes
August 27, 10:24am

No but ...
Both times I've been through there, the various buckets had lots and lots of food, would have been easy to resupply. Once was in late June, the other in early September (different years). T...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone ever resupplied out of MTR hiker buckets??
August 21, 10:58am

warmer bag?
I just yesterday finished hiking the western ~half of the Wonderland trail (Longmire to Sunrise). I used a 32F rated bag and was fine for most of it; my toes were a little cold the last night (at ...

In GEAR » Wonderland Trail suggestions request
August 21, 10:49am

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