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


Latest Post

GEAR | 25319 threads, 306955 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.

inReach Explorer
01/30/2015 00:09:13 MST
by Mike W
Gear Lists | 1685 threads, 21520 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: Lost Coast
01/30/2015 00:08:14 MST
by Robert Blean
Multiple Use Gear | 312 threads, 3558 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: Disposable water bottle + esbit...
01/29/2015 17:48:25 MST
by Ben 2 World
Make Your Own Gear | 5691 threads, 55575 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: what kind of thread?
01/29/2015 23:49:24 MST
by Tad Englund
Gear Deals | 4800 threads, 28236 posts

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

01/29/2015 22:24:56 MST
by Noel Tavan
Gear Swap | 37902 threads, 159174 posts

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

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  • Posting a significant 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 or posting trivial price reductions of less than 2% is not permitted and may result in the removal of the whole thread. The same applies to WTB posting.

WTB: Square Tarp
01/30/2015 00:19:00 MST
by Dennis Madden


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3621 threads, 50368 posts

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

re: fear of sleeping outdoors...
01/29/2015 23:18:03 MST
by Lori Pontious
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 128 threads, 2733 posts

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

01/26/2015 06:20:32 MST
by Kodiak Firesmith
Philosophy & Technique | 1089 threads, 21508 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: "Dude we're going on a hike som...
01/29/2015 15:45:22 MST
by Ken Thompson
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1563 threads, 19774 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: Re: Pseudoscience
01/29/2015 22:05:21 MST
by Robert Blean


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 129 threads, 1529 posts

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

Great trip report, but...
01/27/2015 22:04:18 MST
by jimmer ultralight
Philmont | 149 threads, 1826 posts

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

01/09/2015 05:36:48 MST
by Nate Ward


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1011 threads, 25375 posts

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

Re: Re: Simplifying Expedition Food...
01/29/2015 19:19:09 MST
by Ken Thompson
Pre-Trip Planning | 1458 threads, 10785 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Re: Cross-country skiing around NYC...
01/29/2015 22:58:07 MST
by Katherine .
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1579 threads, 17849 posts

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

Re: Re: California GGG #7 - parking...
01/29/2015 15:17:24 MST
by Hikin' Jim
Post-Trip Reports | 2128 threads, 16295 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

His and hers
01/29/2015 23:06:22 MST
by Andy Duncan
On the Web | 557 threads, 3122 posts

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

Re: Re: Sierra Nevada Red Fox in Yo...
01/29/2015 13:21:17 MST
by Ralph Burgess
Chaff | 2173 threads, 39430 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.

Spot the cat
01/29/2015 23:47:17 MST
by Franco Darioli
Photo Gallery | 384 threads, 4000 posts

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

Re: sorcery.
01/26/2015 13:58:40 MST
by Ken Thompson


Latest Post

Packrafting | 171 threads, 1189 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: Ocean Packrafting?
01/04/2015 14:59:24 MST
by Dave Parsons
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 285 threads, 2707 posts

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

01/26/2015 23:48:22 MST
by Will Elliott
Winter Hiking | 533 threads, 5896 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.

01/29/2015 20:12:46 MST
by Mike M
Fishing | 260 threads, 2252 posts

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

Re: Re: West Canada Lakes Wildernes...
01/28/2015 11:12:51 MST
by Greg Mihalik
Photography | 574 threads, 5939 posts

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

01/29/2015 12:25:44 MST
by Gary Pikovsky
Other Activities | 204 threads, 1694 posts

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

Re: Any paragliders here?
01/27/2015 19:47:30 MST
by David Thomas
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 128 threads, 988 posts

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

Re: New Bike for Daily Commute and ...
01/10/2015 00:40:47 MST
by . .
Hammocks | 140 threads, 1331 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Re: Ridge Line with a bridge hammoc...
01/21/2015 18:31:50 MST
by todd harper


Latest Post

Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

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

Website & Forum Admin/Support | 576 threads, 4545 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: Paypal for subscriptions...
01/27/2015 17:05:14 MST
by Doug I.
User Test Forum | 1030 threads, 1989 posts

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

01/26/2015 14:26:40 MST
by Mina Loomis