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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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"Still not bringing rain pants, maybe a cuben kilt" I own a cuben kilt and have enjoyed using it when appropriate. I wouldn't bring it (or rain pants) on a PCT thru-hike. Maybe ...

In Gear Lists » 2016 PCT list - early first pass :)
September 18, 7:44am

protecting pack on airplane
"Ohm isn't out of the running, but since ULA advise against it for air travel snd any pack I buy will do plenty of that it's a hard one..." Not to divert the topic here, but th...

In Gear Lists » 2016 PCT list - early first pass :)
September 15, 8:25am

Build more trails??
Scott said: "BTW, the real long-term solution is to build more long trails to take some of the burden off the AT and PCT!" I hiked half the Florida Trail early this year and somewhat ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Death OF the AT...
September 01, 8:06am

Some feedback
Tarp: So what's your plan for bugs? Not much of an issue for the first 700 miles, but after that there are times they can be fierce. Summerlite: I had mine overstuffed, and it does help, bu...

In Gear Lists » seeking help with sleeping/clothing insulation for 2016 PCT
August 08, 9:45am

Volume capacity? They seem pretty similar to me, to include what the external mesh offers. You might check what their respective web sites say, paying careful attention to internal vs. external m...

In GEAR » 30-35lbs: Circuit or Mariposa?
August 04, 7:39pm

I happen to own both of these packs! For summer trips when I can keep the load lighter, I'll take the Mariposa. This is typically in the low teens base weight and shorter trips (or short di...

In GEAR » 30-35lbs: Circuit or Mariposa?
August 04, 10:07am

No specific solution but ...
"I'm looking for ear buds with over-the-ear pieces so that I don't have to keep putting them back in my ears and a volume control on the cord." This is *exactly* what I like to...

In GEAR » sports ear buds
August 01, 10:58am

Phone screen
My phone also has a flashlight app, but ... a couple nights ago I was in my tent and found my headlamp batteries very low. Just the screen on my phone was plenty of light to change the batteries b...

In GEAR » Best backup light source
July 27, 11:59pm

Poncho combo
Christopher beat me to it: "Furthermore tarp + poncho combinations that are lighter than a poncho tarp would be interesting" I think a pretty waterproof bivy plus poncho is a possibil...

In GEAR » Waterproof Bivy or Tarp + lightweight Bivy?
July 22, 9:12am

Agreed on ASICS
ASICS are my go-to hiking shoe too, and for the same reason. I've used a couple of model year versions of their "Gel Kahana's", and they've served me very well.

In GEAR » Trail runners with wide toe box
July 19, 11:25pm

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