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


Latest Post

GEAR | 26142 threads, 318644 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: Esbit by the case
05/30/2015 06:48:30 MDT
by Bob Moulder
Gear Lists | 1740 threads, 22277 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!

A shoe or two
05/29/2015 16:57:52 MDT
Multiple Use Gear | 320 threads, 3754 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: wind shirt
05/26/2015 05:32:15 MDT
by Matt Dirksen
Make Your Own Gear | 5849 threads, 57029 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).

Really nice work!
05/30/2015 01:37:59 MDT
by Ola Akerstrom
Gear Deals | 4929 threads, 29493 posts

Announcements of online & local sales, coupons, etc. Commercial posts OK, but ONLY if you are announcing a sale or coupon. If you are advertising something, the DEAL (sale or coupon) must be unique to BPL members, not just available to anyone via your web site or where-ever. If you are reporting on what could be a good deal from somewhere else not connected to you, that may pass OK. We reserve the right to delete unacceptable postings.

Re: Re: Re: code
05/30/2015 00:39:29 MDT
by May Tang
Gear Swap | 40224 threads, 167404 posts

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

Membership Required to Create New Threads: Offers to buy and sell used gear is a privilege of Membership. Please support our forums and SUBSCRIBE today.

  • 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 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.

05/30/2015 06:23:47 MDT
by Daniel Sweeney


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3698 threads, 52064 posts

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

Green Ridge SP
05/29/2015 13:02:34 MDT
by Steven Hanlon
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 135 threads, 3027 posts

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

MLD Cuben Poncho
05/24/2015 15:35:10 MDT
by Edward Jursek
Philosophy & Technique | 1120 threads, 22127 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: New PCT Documentary ... Do More...
05/29/2015 15:17:38 MDT
by Bob Gross
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1606 threads, 20342 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: does coconut and coconut oi...
05/29/2015 12:01:30 MDT
by Jennifer Mitol


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 132 threads, 1548 posts

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

05/29/2015 20:46:12 MDT
by Dan Lee
Philmont | 155 threads, 1926 posts

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

05/28/2015 19:16:25 MDT
by Daniel Budd


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1046 threads, 26146 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Six Packraft Lo...
05/29/2015 16:24:24 MDT
Pre-Trip Planning | 1619 threads, 12161 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

"10 lakes basin too hard for kids?"...
05/29/2015 19:10:33 MDT
by jeffrey armbruster
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1617 threads, 18462 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: My report
05/29/2015 20:22:49 MDT
by Mike M
Post-Trip Reports | 2194 threads, 16747 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

05/29/2015 18:56:26 MDT
by Mike M
On the Web | 606 threads, 3375 posts

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

05/29/2015 16:32:06 MDT
by Edward Z
Chaff | 2276 threads, 41377 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: It's Alive!
05/29/2015 15:43:01 MDT
by jerry adams
Photo Gallery | 400 threads, 4160 posts

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

Re: Sierra's
05/29/2015 22:04:51 MDT
by Billy Ray


Latest Post

Packrafting | 179 threads, 1274 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: inflatable
05/26/2015 17:30:09 MDT
by Monty Montana
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 291 threads, 2840 posts

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

05/16/2015 09:18:02 MDT
by eric chan
Winter Hiking | 541 threads, 6025 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.

Snow to down to 7,000 ft. on May 7...
05/06/2015 13:21:03 MDT
by Eric Blumensaadt
Fishing | 274 threads, 2427 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Monster Trout of the Sa...
05/27/2015 20:13:29 MDT
by Tom Kirchner
Photography | 591 threads, 6192 posts

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

Re: Favorite Sony Lens
05/28/2015 19:35:35 MDT
by Ken Bennett
Other Activities | 206 threads, 1700 posts

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

Magazines vs floorplates
05/26/2015 01:01:06 MDT
by Dave P
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 136 threads, 1053 posts

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

Re: New bike
05/29/2015 14:07:44 MDT
by Steven Paris
Hammocks | 149 threads, 1427 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Re: Re: How to rig an EE Revelation...
05/29/2015 21:27:32 MDT
by Katherine .


Latest Post

Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

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

Website & Forum Admin/Support | 585 threads, 4706 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: Up but not down
05/21/2015 10:57:06 MDT
by Katharina ....
User Test Forum | 1072 threads, 2050 posts

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

05/29/2015 17:14:54 MDT
by Valerie E