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


Latest Post

GEAR | 26329 threads, 321640 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.

178 on the Dashboard
06/30/2015 23:59:06 MDT
by Kenneth Keating
Gear Lists | 1752 threads, 22440 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: Re: Re: C&O Canal weather in Ju...
06/30/2015 03:52:51 MDT
by Donna C
Multiple Use Gear | 322 threads, 3784 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: Climbing Rope as Sleeping Pad?...
06/30/2015 23:02:48 MDT
by Jeff Jeff
Make Your Own Gear | 5873 threads, 57260 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).

06/30/2015 18:44:00 MDT
by Rene Ravenel
Gear Deals | 4956 threads, 29887 posts

The Gear Deals channel is offered as a service to BPL members.

It allows for announcements by vendors subject to certain conditions:

  • Items MUST be relevant to light-weight backpacking and BPL
  • Commercial postings require full disclosure of affiliation
  • Such postings must represent a DEAL for BPL members, in the form of a discount or coupon which is UNIQUE to BPL members, not just available to anyone via a web site or where-ever.
  • Kickstarter announcements do not include a BPL-specific DEAL and do not qualify for listing.

On the other hand, if you are reporting on what could be a good deal you have seen somewhere else, not connected in any way to you, that is usually OK.

We reserve the right to delete unacceptable postings.

Hammer Perpetuem - REI 26% Off...
06/30/2015 10:33:18 MDT
by Jonathon Self
Gear Swap | 40690 threads, 169065 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.

Re: Broke backpacker
06/30/2015 23:46:02 MDT
by Aaron Sorensen


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3733 threads, 52437 posts

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

06/30/2015 22:25:20 MDT
by Kat ....
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 136 threads, 3082 posts

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

Wrong forum??
06/28/2015 19:09:46 MDT
by Eric Blumensaadt
Philosophy & Technique | 1126 threads, 22265 posts

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

06/25/2015 13:34:36 MDT
by Leon K
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1623 threads, 20589 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: Maltodextrin for sale
06/30/2015 19:47:19 MDT
by Ryan Smith


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 132 threads, 1549 posts

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

Girl Scout Backpacking
06/02/2015 14:24:58 MDT
by Elizabeth Kunkee
Philmont | 157 threads, 1968 posts

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

Beef Stew
06/30/2015 16:20:18 MDT
by Brian Crain


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1057 threads, 26270 posts

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

Muir & Marshall
07/01/2015 00:27:29 MDT
by Dan Durston
Pre-Trip Planning | 1663 threads, 12453 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Re: San Jacinto Loop
06/30/2015 17:07:34 MDT
by Hikin' Jim
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1622 threads, 18586 posts

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

Rangeley High Peaks(Maine) and Bige...
06/23/2015 07:46:38 MDT
by Steven Adeff
Post-Trip Reports | 2216 threads, 16874 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Thanks for sharing!
06/30/2015 22:16:51 MDT
by Adam White
On the Web | 612 threads, 3413 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: re: "UL Fail"
06/30/2015 17:10:22 MDT
by Hikin' Jim
Chaff | 2314 threads, 42164 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: Re: Re: Big 5 risks from Greek ...
06/30/2015 21:14:38 MDT
by jerry adams
Photo Gallery | 403 threads, 4186 posts

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

Re: cat thinks he's a cougar...
06/26/2015 15:33:03 MDT
by jerry adams


Latest Post

Packrafting | 182 threads, 1302 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: South Fork Minimum CFS
06/23/2015 12:35:08 MDT
by David Chenault
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 293 threads, 2859 posts

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

Re: Mountaineering gaiters for long...
06/27/2015 21:01:55 MDT
by Jeff Jeff
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 | 277 threads, 2457 posts

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

Re: trout batter
06/28/2015 15:30:09 MDT
by Yuri R
Photography | 596 threads, 6260 posts

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

and another one
06/29/2015 18:15:49 MDT
by Megan P
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 | 137 threads, 1062 posts

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

Re: Bikepacking shorts with chamois...
06/29/2015 15:24:18 MDT
by John S.
Hammocks | 151 threads, 1446 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pos...
06/30/2015 18:56:10 MDT
by Levi McAllister


Latest Post

Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 82 posts

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

06/18/2015 00:38:40 MDT
by Willie Evenstop
Website & Forum Admin/Support | 590 threads, 4733 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: Thanks
06/17/2015 22:17:49 MDT
by Roger Caffin
User Test Forum | 1080 threads, 2062 posts

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

06/28/2015 11:43:47 MDT
by d k