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


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GEAR | 24555 threads, 295892 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: Re: Re: Re: Re: Recommendation ...
10/01/2014 01:33:22 MDT
by Roger Caffin
Gear Lists | 1633 threads, 20947 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: PNW gear list
09/26/2014 17:51:31 MDT
by Ian B.
Multiple Use Gear | 309 threads, 3472 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.

09/27/2014 15:41:26 MDT
by matthew rangel
Make Your Own Gear | 5537 threads, 54000 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: Hyperdry 950 loft down
09/30/2014 22:57:50 MDT
by jimmy b
Gear Deals | 4628 threads, 27381 posts

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

Re: did it work?
09/30/2014 17:25:29 MDT
by Stephen Parks
Gear Swap | 36031 threads, 152475 posts

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

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  • For Sale postings may not include references (especially URLs) to any external listings. We'll cheerfully remove such cross-posting information.
  • Begin your post with FS (For Sale) or WTB (Want To Buy) for clarity.
  • Once your item has sold, please edit your first post to reflect that fact.
  • 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.

FS: Osprey Aura 65 (Small) and Sea ...
10/01/2014 00:36:05 MDT
by Xinlu H


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General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3524 threads, 48586 posts

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

War Bag
09/30/2014 09:33:20 MDT
by Tipi Walter
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 119 threads, 2504 posts

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

Fenix HL50 vs ZebraLight H52w...
09/26/2014 12:47:10 MDT
by Joe Medlin
Philosophy & Technique | 1063 threads, 20553 posts

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

Take it
10/01/2014 01:05:42 MDT
by Joseph Lynch
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1527 threads, 19003 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.

Watch those teeth!
09/27/2014 12:21:14 MDT
by Doug I.


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Backpacking Light with Scouts | 126 threads, 1493 posts

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

08/26/2014 17:46:22 MDT
by M B
Philmont | 148 threads, 1818 posts

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

Re: nope
09/01/2014 14:59:24 MDT
by Joseph Jacaruso


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Editor's Roundtable | 979 threads, 24748 posts

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

Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 16...
10/01/2014 00:52:50 MDT
by Ryan Jordan
Pre-Trip Planning | 1354 threads, 9753 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Re: Germany
10/01/2014 01:37:50 MDT
by Roger Caffin
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1554 threads, 17369 posts

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

GSMNP - Three Forks area of the Rav...
09/29/2014 17:40:50 MDT
by Ryan Smith
Post-Trip Reports | 2060 threads, 15677 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Re: First snow of the year in Yosem...
09/30/2014 22:40:43 MDT
by Adam White
On the Web | 503 threads, 2843 posts

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

The Trail Show #28 - The Ice Age Tr...
09/30/2014 17:24:40 MDT
by Paul Magnanti
Chaff | 2044 threads, 37612 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.

Re: Do some items sold on Gear Swap...
09/30/2014 21:35:45 MDT
by Ken Thompson
Photo Gallery | 366 threads, 3858 posts

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

Sub 24 in the King fire, El Dorado ...
09/29/2014 17:49:30 MDT
by Brian Mix


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Packrafting | 168 threads, 1162 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.

Re stowing gear
09/29/2014 21:08:13 MDT
by Luke Schmidt
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 275 threads, 2602 posts

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

09/20/2014 18:16:28 MDT
by Will Elliott
Winter Hiking | 508 threads, 5537 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.

bivy blizzards
09/30/2014 23:46:28 MDT
by Franco Darioli
Fishing | 253 threads, 2181 posts

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

Re: Re: How to kill a trout...
09/22/2014 15:26:12 MDT
by David Chenault
Photography | 561 threads, 5797 posts

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

Re: Stunning
09/30/2014 00:10:55 MDT
by Katharina ....
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 | 120 threads, 953 posts

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

Re: Re: Arkel panniers
09/20/2014 20:06:58 MDT
by Eric Douglas
Hammocks | 137 threads, 1288 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Re: WM pad is expendable
09/26/2014 23:06:32 MDT
by Katherine .


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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 | 562 threads, 4271 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: How Do You Change USERID?...
09/13/2014 12:41:38 MDT
by Dave U
User Test Forum | 1003 threads, 1956 posts

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

09/27/2014 21:11:33 MDT
by Tom Kirchner