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Reader Gear Reviews
Gear reviews submitted by readers, complete with ratings.


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GEAR | 24688 threads, 297905 posts

GEAR talk. Everything GEAR. All about GEAR. Ultralight backpacking gear. Lightweight backpacking gear. Hiking gear. Anything GEAR. Gear that sucks, gear that works, gear that's cheap, gear that's cool, gear that's overrated by lying manufacturers, gear that's only available from a side street Spanish market, gear that breaks, gear that's multi-use, gear that can be Googled, GEAR GEAR GEAR GEAR GEAR. Now go. Talk 'some gear.

Re: Pad Help - Uncomfortable nights...
10/25/2014 06:26:54 MDT
by Ken Thompson
Gear Lists | 1639 threads, 21018 posts

Post your gear list here, get some feedback, debate the choices. Trying to cut down from 35 pounds? 6 pounds? It doesn't matter where you're at with your ultralight journey... we're here to help!

Re: Re: 9 day Overland Track Gear L...
10/25/2014 03:03:07 MDT
by Chris Wiewiora
Multiple Use Gear | 309 threads, 3482 posts

"Multiple Use" as applied to a piece of gear is a foundation principle of lightweight backpacking. This forum deals with the topic in greater depth.

10/18/2014 18:31:36 MDT
by Tyler Lego
Make Your Own Gear | 5561 threads, 54267 posts

Do-it-yourself tips and tricks, material sources, patterns, techniques, and discussions of how to HACK UP off the market products to make them lighter (and sometimes, better).

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Dog Jacket...
10/25/2014 00:21:48 MDT
by Dustin Short
Gear Deals | 4649 threads, 27459 posts

Announcements of online & local sales, coupons, etc. Commercial posts OK, but ONLY if you are announcing a sale or coupon.

Gossamer Gear Sale: 15% off Maripos...
10/24/2014 13:46:42 MDT
by Bill Law
Gear Swap | 36393 threads, 153905 posts

New and used gear to buy, sell, or trade.

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  • Posting a price reduction on an unsold item is perfectly OK, as is posting that some items have been sold. However, 'bumping' postings so they are back at the head of the queue is severely frowned upon and may result in the removal of the whole thread. The same applies to WTB posting.

10/25/2014 06:11:48 MDT
by Michael Henrick


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General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3551 threads, 48903 posts

General discussion of lightweight hiking/backpacking and other backcountry activities.

Re: It pays to be small
10/25/2014 04:58:32 MDT
by Ralph Burgess
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 121 threads, 2530 posts

Discussion of SUL hiking/backpacking and ways to trim even MORE weight from your pack.

Re: Re: A different approach, and w...
10/21/2014 23:40:27 MDT
by Aaron Sorensen
Philosophy & Technique | 1065 threads, 20616 posts

Discussions about the ethereal philosophy of going light, balanced (maybe) by both rational and (very likely) irrational discussions of "best practices", techniques, etc.

Re: Re: Re: Re: Some serious traces...
10/24/2014 17:35:35 MDT
by Katharina ....
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1534 threads, 19107 posts

All is well if you have an eight pound base (dry) pack weight, but you have to add food and water sooner or later. Use this forum to discuss the acquisition, packaging, and preparation of backcountry ingestibles. Post your favorite trail recipes too.

Re: Hawk Vittles Meals
10/25/2014 06:20:55 MDT
by Jamie Shortt


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Backpacking Light with Scouts | 127 threads, 1508 posts

A place to share experiences, stories, techniques, and gear ideas for backpacking light with Scouts.

Re: ~4.5lb WM bag
10/23/2014 10:08:22 MDT
by Stuart .
Philmont | 148 threads, 1821 posts

A place for the discussion of gear, techniques, and strategies for High Adventure at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Re: Cooking During Ranger Checkout...
10/22/2014 21:16:59 MDT
by Matt Dirksen


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Editor's Roundtable | 985 threads, 24876 posts

Discussions related to specific articles published at, as well as open letters to the editor.

Hanging kit with windscreen...
10/25/2014 05:19:40 MDT
by Santiago Vazquez-Gonzalez
Pre-Trip Planning | 1369 threads, 9889 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Re: Trans Zion Trek In Early Novemb...
10/24/2014 21:43:40 MDT
by Owen McMurrey
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1561 threads, 17500 posts

Need a partner? Need a shuttle? Find them here.

Re: Re: Re: One last Sierra trip be...
10/24/2014 18:14:15 MDT
by Rebecca 510
Post-Trip Reports | 2084 threads, 15928 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Re: Trip and photos
10/24/2014 15:02:31 MDT
by Jack McClure
On the Web | 514 threads, 2906 posts

Post your surf slop here - personal websites or other Web resources that will be informative to lightweight backpackers.

Re: PCT Winter Traverse
10/23/2014 17:57:47 MDT
by Tom Kirchner
Chaff | 2054 threads, 37806 posts

Unrelated to any of the forums above. No rules regarding the topic. Opinions, politics, the benefits of heavy gear, you name it. Please, no commercial posts, and NO SPAM. Courtesy is monitored in the other forums. In this one, you may need some thick skin to play with the big dogs.

Dear Daryl Squared
10/24/2014 21:01:21 MDT
by Ian B.
Photo Gallery | 368 threads, 3871 posts

A place to post photos - we're just testing this feature for now to see how it goes.

Re: Re: Re: Trinity Alps: Caribou L...
10/22/2014 13:05:19 MDT
by Ian B.


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Packrafting | 169 threads, 1164 posts

Packrafting is the use of a backpackable, inflatable boat for wilderness travel and sport. Discuss gear, techniques, trips, and the latest in packrafting trends here.

Interesting idea
10/22/2014 10:54:04 MDT
by Nicholas Smolinske
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 276 threads, 2612 posts

Discussion of ultralight techniques, gear, and philosophy as they directly relate to more vertical pursuits above the treeline.

Minimalist shoes
10/14/2014 21:48:10 MDT
by Will Elliott
Winter Hiking | 511 threads, 5579 posts

If your mission is vertical, check out the "Mountaineering and Alpinism" forum. All other winter hikers, this is your gig. Techniques and gear for dealing with SNOW and COLD.

Re: Neos Trekker over FB overboots?...
10/24/2014 20:43:12 MDT
by Andy F
Fishing | 254 threads, 2193 posts

Fly fishing, spin fishing, lightweight gear and techniques for the backcountry.

follow up?
10/23/2014 12:37:01 MDT
by Adam Klagsbrun
Photography | 564 threads, 5819 posts

Camera gear, techniques, strategies for going light, etc.

Re: Landscape Photography books...
10/22/2014 13:52:42 MDT
by Bob Gross
Other Activities | 201 threads, 1655 posts

Other activities not specifically related to hiking or camping, or the other Off-Piste forum topics.

WFR classes in San Francisco: 5 wee...
09/24/2014 15:29:16 MDT
by Jeremy B.
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 124 threads, 973 posts

A place to discuss ultralight bicycle touring also referred to as ultralight bikepacking.

Re: Re: Hyalite LTW Panniers...
10/14/2014 22:03:06 MDT
by Dale Wambaugh
Hammocks | 137 threads, 1289 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

UL hammock makers? Who?
10/07/2014 16:03:37 MDT
by Steven McAllister


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Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

Solicitations for editorial content for authors, photographers, podcasters, and video producers.

Website & Forum Admin/Support | 565 threads, 4281 posts

A place where members can ask specific questions from the forum community about using the website or its forums that can be answered by other community members. Support issues related to membership account maintenance should be referred directly to BPL Support Staff.

Re: Re: Embedded video?
10/23/2014 14:30:37 MDT
by Jack McClure
User Test Forum | 1012 threads, 1966 posts

For testing the forum interface. A place where newbies can post test messages without getting flamed. Nothing informative here, total trash.

vid test
10/24/2014 09:10:52 MDT
by J J