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


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GEAR | 24376 threads, 293269 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: Think of sawyer
08/29/2014 07:18:54 MDT
by Kronos Master of Fate
Gear Lists | 1625 threads, 20865 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: base layer and running shor...
08/29/2014 04:47:24 MDT
by Daniel D
Multiple Use Gear | 309 threads, 3463 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: Canister as pack?
08/27/2014 05:04:59 MDT
by Mike Gunderloy
Make Your Own Gear | 5515 threads, 53783 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).

Delta Karo Step ?
08/28/2014 15:25:03 MDT
by Adam Kilpatrick
Gear Deals | 4603 threads, 27086 posts

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

Dropped framebag pricing
08/28/2014 21:34:29 MDT
by Nicholas Smolinske
Gear Swap | 35455 threads, 150465 posts

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

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FS Montane windproofs: Men's Medium...
08/29/2014 07:00:32 MDT
by William Chilton


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3508 threads, 48287 posts

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

Re: JMT Unsupported Attempt...
08/28/2014 20:48:52 MDT
by Richard Cullip
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 118 threads, 2425 posts

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

Re: Re: UD Fastpack
08/27/2014 18:40:08 MDT
by Mike M
Philosophy & Technique | 1056 threads, 20276 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: gaiter chafe
08/29/2014 07:22:33 MDT
by Kronos Master of Fate
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1520 threads, 18912 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: Re: Meal Plan For Yosemite...
08/29/2014 02:10:41 MDT
by Justin Baker


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Backpacking Light with Scouts | 126 threads, 1493 posts

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

08/26/2014 17:46:22 MDT
by M B
Philmont | 148 threads, 1817 posts

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

another 2 cents...
08/20/2014 07:52:43 MDT
by ed dzierzak


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Editor's Roundtable | 968 threads, 24582 posts

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

Almost perfect, but sometimes fails...
08/29/2014 02:53:23 MDT
by Lars Laird Iversen
Pre-Trip Planning | 1315 threads, 9519 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Finally about to start this trip....
08/29/2014 04:01:32 MDT
by christopher smead
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1546 threads, 17311 posts

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

08/26/2014 23:00:22 MDT
by Jack McClure
Post-Trip Reports | 2024 threads, 15446 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Great trip!
08/29/2014 00:30:44 MDT
by Rex Sanders
On the Web | 492 threads, 2774 posts

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

More permits for Grand Canyon R2R, ...
08/27/2014 17:22:07 MDT
by HK Newman
Chaff | 2019 threads, 37310 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: Bella
08/29/2014 08:03:41 MDT
by spelt the enigmatic
Photo Gallery | 362 threads, 3823 posts

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

Re: JMT/ Evolution Valley
08/29/2014 08:00:14 MDT
by Kronos Master of Fate


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Packrafting | 164 threads, 1137 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: From Mt.Olympus summit down Hoh...
08/19/2014 22:25:06 MDT
by Kyle Meyer
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 274 threads, 2597 posts

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

thank again
08/23/2014 17:31:07 MDT
by Alok Karnik
Winter Hiking | 505 threads, 5457 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.

Backcountry touring ski upgrade...
08/28/2014 14:47:30 MDT
by Velimir Kemec
Fishing | 250 threads, 2121 posts

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

Spin Fishing Setup
08/28/2014 16:52:38 MDT
by Ben H.
Photography | 551 threads, 5676 posts

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

Re: Other options
08/28/2014 22:48:15 MDT
by Justice Baker
Other Activities | 200 threads, 1654 posts

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

08/08/2014 07:33:46 MDT
by Jon Holthaus
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 120 threads, 941 posts

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

Tour 14er
08/27/2014 22:46:14 MDT
by Greg Wheelwright
Hammocks | 135 threads, 1277 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

08/20/2014 17:08:17 MDT
by Mark Armesto


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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 | 561 threads, 4268 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.

08/28/2014 17:26:57 MDT
by Scott Bentz
User Test Forum | 995 threads, 1942 posts

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

08/22/2014 10:26:11 MDT
by M. Blasko