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


Latest Post

GEAR | 26505 threads, 324327 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: Alternative to Patagonia Baggie...
08/02/2015 22:17:19 MDT
by K K
Gear Lists | 1765 threads, 22547 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!

08/01/2015 22:21:59 MDT
by Scott Bentz
Multiple Use Gear | 324 threads, 3812 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.

zpacks lid is awesome
07/26/2015 22:31:07 MDT
by K Magz
Make Your Own Gear | 5901 threads, 57511 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).

neoair vs exped
08/01/2015 18:54:45 MDT
by Carol Crooker
Gear Deals | 4972 threads, 30031 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.

Thank you!
08/02/2015 20:25:49 MDT
by Lane E.
Gear Swap | 41178 threads, 170757 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: Weight
08/02/2015 21:46:22 MDT
by Ryan Eller


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3759 threads, 52930 posts

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

Just had dinner with Ralph
08/02/2015 20:31:01 MDT
by Allen C
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 137 threads, 3124 posts

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

Re: Solomid w/perimeter netting...
07/28/2015 17:36:09 MDT
by Rog Tallbloke
Philosophy & Technique | 1134 threads, 22394 posts

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

08/02/2015 20:27:21 MDT
by Jason Byers
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1637 threads, 20752 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.

08/02/2015 00:24:18 MDT
by christopher smead


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 133 threads, 1558 posts

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

Big Three/Four Package Deal?...
07/31/2015 06:18:44 MDT
by Adam Kilpatrick
Philmont | 160 threads, 1991 posts

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

08/02/2015 22:06:19 MDT
by Daniel Budd


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1066 threads, 26350 posts

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

Re: Microadventures: Breaking Down ...
07/30/2015 17:25:38 MDT
by Richard Scruggs
Pre-Trip Planning | 1702 threads, 12693 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

cabin fire golden trout wilderness...
08/02/2015 12:21:52 MDT
by Patrick O'Neil
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1629 threads, 18621 posts

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

I may be in
08/02/2015 18:53:04 MDT
by Hiking Malto
Post-Trip Reports | 2240 threads, 17041 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Re: Hike report
08/02/2015 19:56:12 MDT
by Tom Kirchner
On the Web | 618 threads, 3444 posts

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

Bears hit by cars
08/02/2015 18:36:28 MDT
by Jon Fong
Chaff | 2355 threads, 42895 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: Certainty
08/02/2015 20:25:56 MDT
by Just In Time
Photo Gallery | 407 threads, 4202 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Iceland: From Skogar to...
07/31/2015 14:48:40 MDT
by Ian B.


Latest Post

Packrafting | 183 threads, 1307 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: PFDs
07/25/2015 12:42:41 MDT
by Tim Gadd
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 293 threads, 2862 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Mountaineering gaiters ...
07/06/2015 23:07:14 MDT
by royo royo
Winter Hiking | 541 threads, 6026 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: PSOLAR face masks
07/10/2015 20:32:56 MDT
by r m
Fishing | 280 threads, 2482 posts

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

Son's first fish with a Tenkara rod...
08/02/2015 20:37:41 MDT
by Ian B.
Photography | 600 threads, 6311 posts

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

Creating images
07/30/2015 06:59:00 MDT
by Richard May
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 | 143 threads, 1090 posts

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

Re: Fibrefix...
07/17/2015 09:18:15 MDT
by Jordo _99
Hammocks | 152 threads, 1450 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Multi-Use Hammock
07/07/2015 12:12:46 MDT
by Steve Martell


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 | 592 threads, 4771 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: Re: Listing a bunch of stuff on...
07/28/2015 17:07:10 MDT
by Ian B.
User Test Forum | 1087 threads, 2075 posts

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

Re: 1
07/30/2015 13:00:27 MDT
by Tim Zen