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


Latest Post

GEAR | 25946 threads, 315643 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.

Water Treatment For Three People?...
04/27/2015 03:03:50 MDT
by Russell Wilkenloh
Gear Lists | 1724 threads, 22017 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: Brooks Range, 10 days, June 201...
04/27/2015 01:50:12 MDT
by Bob Gross
Multiple Use Gear | 319 threads, 3719 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.

Boxers as Shorts
04/18/2015 07:20:02 MDT
by Gerry Brucia
Make Your Own Gear | 5810 threads, 56659 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: turning THIS flame blue...
04/27/2015 02:30:18 MDT
by Roger Caffin
Gear Deals | 4890 threads, 29037 posts

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

04/26/2015 09:49:45 MDT
by Terran Terran
Gear Swap | 39659 threads, 165482 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 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.

FS: zpacks hexamid, mtb shoes-size ...
04/26/2015 21:46:28 MDT
by Kentz Willis


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3674 threads, 51583 posts

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

Re: "Valley Uprising"
04/27/2015 02:19:17 MDT
by Roger Caffin
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 134 threads, 3017 posts

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

SMD Skyscape X
04/26/2015 19:07:46 MDT
by Eric Blumensaadt
Philosophy & Technique | 1111 threads, 21999 posts

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

Coconut oil as a firestarter...
04/26/2015 19:34:24 MDT
by Franco Darioli
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1601 threads, 20264 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: Oy
04/25/2015 09:09:05 MDT
by Scott S


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 131 threads, 1540 posts

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

Good Idea
02/26/2015 11:49:02 MST
by Dan Yeruski
Philmont | 153 threads, 1898 posts

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

"Flatlanders" at Philmont......
04/26/2015 11:42:10 MDT
by Dan Lee


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1036 threads, 25965 posts

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

Dehydrator recipes please
04/26/2015 14:45:54 MDT
by Alina G
Pre-Trip Planning | 1579 threads, 11780 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Re: Re: I got a Wonderland permit!...
04/26/2015 22:29:52 MDT
by Ian B.
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1605 threads, 18228 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: One month until kick-of...
04/26/2015 20:35:21 MDT
by Justin Baker
Post-Trip Reports | 2177 threads, 16592 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Re: Enchanted Valley bear
04/24/2015 18:45:06 MDT
by Ken T.
On the Web | 594 threads, 3332 posts

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

Re: Re: Information about fabrics...
04/27/2015 02:15:00 MDT
by Roger Caffin
Chaff | 2249 threads, 41096 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: A 22 year old song for the curr...
04/26/2015 14:58:10 MDT
by jerry adams
Photo Gallery | 394 threads, 4127 posts

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

Re: Re: Ansel Adams
04/15/2015 13:03:58 MDT
by Alex Wallace


Latest Post

Packrafting | 176 threads, 1241 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: Ghost
04/09/2015 10:42:58 MDT
by David Chenault
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 291 threads, 2837 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Scrambling Boot/Approac...
04/15/2015 22:32:51 MDT
by Jeff Jeff
Winter Hiking | 540 threads, 6022 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: Re: Re: Frosty Breath, how to p...
04/24/2015 15:21:31 MDT
by Roger Caffin
Fishing | 269 threads, 2364 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The SIMPLE Fly...
04/26/2015 10:25:23 MDT
by Craig W.
Photography | 587 threads, 6091 posts

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

re:Got my mountain lion pictures!!!...
04/25/2015 23:53:52 MDT
by Steofan The Apostate
Other Activities | 206 threads, 1697 posts

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

04/17/2015 20:28:28 MDT
by Katharina ....
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 134 threads, 1043 posts

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

Re: Recommendations for Duomid pole...
04/26/2015 23:17:55 MDT
by Justin Baker
Hammocks | 147 threads, 1415 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Re: How do you use bag as a quilt?...
04/25/2015 12:45:38 MDT
by Ken T.


Latest Post

Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

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

Website & Forum Admin/Support | 584 threads, 4684 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.

Forum for the The Natural World, fo...
04/26/2015 15:52:09 MDT
by Ken T.
User Test Forum | 1060 threads, 2027 posts

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

04/21/2015 09:44:49 MDT
by Erik G