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


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GEAR | 24664 threads, 297558 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.

Wouldn't be hard to spend $199 at M...
10/21/2014 01:03:29 MDT
by hwc 1954
Gear Lists | 1638 threads, 21006 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: Dromedary
10/20/2014 23:00:48 MDT
by Sumi Wada
Multiple Use Gear | 309 threads, 3482 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.

10/18/2014 18:31:36 MDT
by Tyler Lego
Make Your Own Gear | 5557 threads, 54223 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: Re: Fly Fishing Chest Pack...
10/20/2014 22:47:46 MDT
by Clayton Mauritzen
Gear Deals | 4648 threads, 27453 posts

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

Re: LiteTrail Blowout Price Reducti...
10/20/2014 11:45:05 MDT
by J W
Gear Swap | 36346 threads, 153694 posts

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

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Re: Does High school count?...
10/21/2014 02:22:37 MDT
by Cesar Valdez


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3547 threads, 48824 posts

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

Brown fat
10/21/2014 01:16:15 MDT
by Gene C
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 121 threads, 2523 posts

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

Re: A different approach, and why o...
10/21/2014 00:04:57 MDT
by Dale Wambaugh
Philosophy & Technique | 1065 threads, 20596 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: Re: creep weight
10/20/2014 15:59:49 MDT
by Dave U
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1532 threads, 19079 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.

Looks great!
10/20/2014 22:48:14 MDT
by Rebecca Canode


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 126 threads, 1495 posts

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

10/14/2014 17:25:12 MDT
by Sl Bear
Philmont | 148 threads, 1820 posts

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

Re: Don't let them push you around!...
10/20/2014 22:15:01 MDT
by Justin Whitson


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 983 threads, 24861 posts

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

10/20/2014 20:47:40 MDT
by Tad Englund
Pre-Trip Planning | 1366 threads, 9858 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Temp Dropping I...
10/20/2014 14:32:50 MDT
by Jake D
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1559 threads, 17464 posts

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

10/20/2014 23:28:30 MDT
by Christian Edstrom
Post-Trip Reports | 2081 threads, 15896 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

10/20/2014 22:45:12 MDT
by Nicholas Smolinske
On the Web | 511 threads, 2899 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Renewable down standard...
10/20/2014 21:09:30 MDT
by Justin Whitson
Chaff | 2048 threads, 37735 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: One for Wisner...
10/20/2014 19:13:17 MDT
by Craig W.
Photo Gallery | 368 threads, 3866 posts

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

Trinity Alps: Caribou Lake
10/19/2014 23:55:59 MDT
by Tony Wong


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Packrafting | 169 threads, 1163 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.

MYOG Packraft... or ...could this w...
10/06/2014 00:26:25 MDT
by Aaron Sorensen
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 276 threads, 2612 posts

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

Minimalist shoes
10/14/2014 21:48:10 MDT
by Will Elliott
Winter Hiking | 511 threads, 5574 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: My snowshoe footwear system...
10/20/2014 06:59:29 MDT
by Nick Gatel
Fishing | 254 threads, 2190 posts

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

Re: Light Economical Net (under 6 ...
10/18/2014 13:42:51 MDT
by Richard Cullip
Photography | 563 threads, 5817 posts

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

Re: Rent
10/20/2014 18:05:59 MDT
by Ian B.
Other Activities | 201 threads, 1655 posts

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

WFR classes in San Francisco: 5 wee...
09/24/2014 15:29:16 MDT
by Jeremy B.
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 124 threads, 973 posts

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

Re: Re: Hyalite LTW Panniers...
10/14/2014 22:03:06 MDT
by Dale Wambaugh
Hammocks | 137 threads, 1289 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

UL hammock makers? Who?
10/07/2014 16:03:37 MDT
by Steven McAllister


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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 | 564 threads, 4278 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: Photo upload problem
10/16/2014 15:55:57 MDT
by Bob Moulder
User Test Forum | 1012 threads, 1965 posts

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

10/18/2014 14:43:26 MDT
by Tony Wong