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


Latest Post

GEAR | 24915 threads, 300977 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.

Tarptent Vids
11/28/2014 18:24:42 MST
by Shawn C
Gear Lists | 1658 threads, 21244 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!

Mirage / Nuetrino Plus
11/28/2014 17:02:02 MST
by Zach V
Multiple Use Gear | 309 threads, 3490 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: Schnozzle schmozzle
11/28/2014 14:32:24 MST
by Michael Ray
Make Your Own Gear | 5616 threads, 54776 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: sewing through duct tape...
11/28/2014 18:12:03 MST
by Michael Ray
Gear Deals | 4711 threads, 27729 posts

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

got it
11/28/2014 16:27:44 MST
by Tyler Lego
Gear Swap | 36933 threads, 155746 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 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 is severely frowned upon and may result in the removal of the whole thread. The same applies to WTB posting.

11/28/2014 18:20:26 MST
by Doug Knox


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3571 threads, 49328 posts

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

Compressibility and Price
11/28/2014 11:29:29 MST
by Valerie E
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 121 threads, 2551 posts

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

RE: Do you carry a backup fire star...
11/24/2014 16:41:59 MST
by Ian B.
Philosophy & Technique | 1073 threads, 20952 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: Re: Re: Re: Both sides...
11/27/2014 12:19:38 MST
by Tom Kirchner
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1541 threads, 19351 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: Fatty Coffee for Breakfast...
11/28/2014 17:54:08 MST
by Frank T


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 128 threads, 1519 posts

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

Great start
11/18/2014 09:05:23 MST
by ed dzierzak
Philmont | 148 threads, 1822 posts

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

Glad that I had...
11/20/2014 11:52:44 MST
by Gerry Brucia


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 995 threads, 25078 posts

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

Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 19...
11/28/2014 13:53:23 MST
by Ryan Jordan
Pre-Trip Planning | 1392 threads, 10117 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

AT thru-hike completion!
11/28/2014 13:19:43 MST
by Virginia Craft
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1568 threads, 17618 posts

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

Re: Re: 2015 Bob Marshall Wildernes...
11/26/2014 12:22:17 MST
by David Chenault
Post-Trip Reports | 2103 threads, 16096 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

CT 2013
11/28/2014 17:30:56 MST
by Eric Moll
On the Web | 529 threads, 2997 posts

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

Re: Official AT completion!...
11/28/2014 13:17:20 MST
by Virginia Craft
Chaff | 2087 threads, 38195 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: hashtag
11/28/2014 16:24:45 MST
by Sarah Kirkconnell
Photo Gallery | 372 threads, 3909 posts

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

Re: Re: Acorn looks like... ?...
11/28/2014 09:07:14 MST
by Christopher *


Latest Post

Packrafting | 170 threads, 1178 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.

Bob and Bike
11/26/2014 18:33:17 MST
by Dan Durston
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 281 threads, 2654 posts

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

Any thoughts on length? :) - Yes...
11/26/2014 10:07:06 MST
by Richard Fischel
Winter Hiking | 513 threads, 5678 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.

shell and liners
11/25/2014 20:31:25 MST
by Ito Jakuchu
Fishing | 254 threads, 2199 posts

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

Re: your spin fishing setup...
11/18/2014 13:22:36 MST
by Jenny A
Photography | 571 threads, 5872 posts

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

Lightroom 5 e book and video tutori...
11/24/2014 21:49:31 MST
by Ian B.
Other Activities | 202 threads, 1664 posts

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

Re: Re: First flight
11/17/2014 23:33:25 MST
by Stuart .
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 | 138 threads, 1312 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Re: re: hammock undercovers...
11/25/2014 23:45:25 MST
by Justin Whitson


Latest Post

Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

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

Website & Forum Admin/Support | 569 threads, 4310 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.

11/17/2014 14:57:42 MST
by Peter S (masc. ├╝ber linear logical club)
User Test Forum | 1015 threads, 1969 posts

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

Test photo
11/19/2014 15:20:18 MST
by Eric Graves