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


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GEAR | 24480 threads, 294878 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: Minor mod to the Notch...
09/17/2014 17:29:32 MDT
by Patrick O'Neil
Gear Lists | 1633 threads, 20940 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: windshirt
09/14/2014 11:51:46 MDT
by Jake D
Multiple Use Gear | 309 threads, 3467 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.

Re: earphones
09/05/2014 17:10:15 MDT
by Rick M
Make Your Own Gear | 5530 threads, 53952 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).

Cuben vs. "space blankets"
09/17/2014 12:58:15 MDT
by Colin Krusor
Gear Deals | 4616 threads, 27310 posts

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

09/17/2014 15:10:25 MDT
by Brian B
Gear Swap | 35774 threads, 151606 posts

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

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  • 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.

Price Drop
09/17/2014 17:22:57 MDT
by Levi McAllister


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3515 threads, 48451 posts

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

Re: backpacking food
09/17/2014 15:38:16 MDT
by William Segraves
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 118 threads, 2476 posts

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

Re: UD Fastpack 30
09/17/2014 16:57:22 MDT
by Peter Bakwin
Philosophy & Technique | 1061 threads, 20523 posts

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

09/17/2014 09:20:20 MDT
by Sarah Kirkconnell
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1524 threads, 18987 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: Granola and Gluten-free...
09/17/2014 11:02:10 MDT
by Bob Gross


Latest Post

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 | 975 threads, 24642 posts

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

Re: Re: Rain Gear Noisy?
09/17/2014 13:56:12 MDT
by John Harper
Pre-Trip Planning | 1334 threads, 9631 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

If No one Steps Up, maybe "Plan B"?...
09/17/2014 14:36:24 MDT
by Valerie E
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1550 threads, 17352 posts

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

09/16/2014 22:21:08 MDT
by cody yochum
Post-Trip Reports | 2047 threads, 15574 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

09/17/2014 16:18:06 MDT
by Gordon Gray
On the Web | 498 threads, 2795 posts

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

Vocation vs Avocation
09/14/2014 12:33:12 MDT
by Paul Magnanti
Chaff | 2035 threads, 37470 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: Overuse of the prefix "Due to g...
09/17/2014 17:20:41 MDT
by Daryl Daryl
Photo Gallery | 364 threads, 3839 posts

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

Aladaglar Mountains, Turkey...
09/16/2014 06:19:09 MDT
by William Chilton


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Packrafting | 167 threads, 1146 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.

Kickstarter Project: Learn to Packr...
09/16/2014 19:07:20 MDT
by Ken Thompson
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 275 threads, 2600 posts

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

dry ice
09/15/2014 19:59:39 MDT
by kristen buckland
Winter Hiking | 505 threads, 5482 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.

The lightest alpine touring gear is...
09/17/2014 11:34:14 MDT
by Jonathan Shefftz
Fishing | 253 threads, 2179 posts

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

Re: Re: Trout question from a noobi...
09/17/2014 10:57:25 MDT
by Bob Gross
Photography | 558 threads, 5759 posts

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

Re: Best macro for Sony E-mount (in...
09/17/2014 15:00:43 MDT
by Ian B.
Other Activities | 200 threads, 1654 posts

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

08/08/2014 07:33:46 MDT
by Jon Holthaus
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 120 threads, 952 posts

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

Re: Arkel panniers
09/16/2014 10:52:17 MDT
by Dale Wambaugh
Hammocks | 137 threads, 1284 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Hummingbird Hammock + and Double...
09/15/2014 13:31:48 MDT
by Ian B.


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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 | 999 threads, 1950 posts

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

09/17/2014 04:33:10 MDT
by CK Law