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


Latest Post

GEAR | 26108 threads, 318196 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.

Montbell Mirage length
05/25/2015 02:28:59 MDT
by Jim Jessop
Gear Lists | 1738 threads, 22251 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: Compass
05/24/2015 12:13:17 MDT
by Bob Gross
Multiple Use Gear | 320 threads, 3753 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: wind shirt
05/19/2015 07:46:45 MDT
by G Sticks
Make Your Own Gear | 5840 threads, 56971 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: Esbit Concentrator
05/24/2015 21:33:42 MDT
by Jon Fong
Gear Deals | 4925 threads, 29395 posts

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

Re: Changes in Gear Deals Policy?...
05/25/2015 02:43:16 MDT
by Dustin Short
Gear Swap | 40118 threads, 167054 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 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: Patagonia M's Fitz Roy Parka, L...
05/25/2015 02:54:47 MDT
by J P


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3695 threads, 52008 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The ‘Wild’ ...
05/25/2015 00:49:39 MDT
by James Couch
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 135 threads, 3027 posts

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

MLD Cuben Poncho
05/24/2015 15:35:10 MDT
by Edward Jursek
Philosophy & Technique | 1119 threads, 22123 posts

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

my poles always lean forward...
05/21/2015 14:08:47 MDT
by Richard May
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1605 threads, 20334 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.

Soylent on the trail
05/22/2015 10:57:06 MDT
by Adam Skinner


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 131 threads, 1543 posts

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

scout wakeup
05/05/2015 20:08:52 MDT
by M B
Philmont | 155 threads, 1925 posts

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

Trek 33
05/21/2015 18:11:44 MDT
by Matthew Voswinkel


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1044 threads, 26132 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: BRS-3000T s...
05/23/2015 23:07:58 MDT
by Travis W
Pre-Trip Planning | 1613 threads, 12105 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

05/24/2015 21:04:23 MDT
by Luke Schmidt
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1616 threads, 18427 posts

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

San Jacinto
05/24/2015 12:44:20 MDT
by Don Burton
Post-Trip Reports | 2189 threads, 16714 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Re: : )
05/23/2015 06:38:07 MDT
by Art Tyszka
On the Web | 601 threads, 3357 posts

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

Used Gear Store -- Grand Rapids MI...
05/18/2015 09:20:27 MDT
by Tim Zen
Chaff | 2272 threads, 41332 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.

Graph eat it
05/24/2015 23:47:19 MDT
by Franco Darioli
Photo Gallery | 397 threads, 4145 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: RE: Re: The Bobcats Cam...
05/12/2015 13:15:30 MDT
by Bob Gross


Latest Post

Packrafting | 178 threads, 1265 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: Waterproofing cameras for poten...
05/24/2015 12:30:59 MDT
by Elliott Wolin
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 291 threads, 2840 posts

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

05/16/2015 09:18:02 MDT
by eric chan
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 | 274 threads, 2423 posts

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

05/20/2015 18:45:21 MDT
by David Lewis-Gever
Photography | 590 threads, 6184 posts

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

05/24/2015 20:52:15 MDT
by Franco Darioli
Other Activities | 206 threads, 1699 posts

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

Re: Surviving a Sleepover
05/11/2015 18:21:32 MDT
by Matt Dirksen
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 135 threads, 1049 posts

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

Re: DIY Dry Box Ammo Can Waterproof...
05/04/2015 08:36:34 MDT
by Ian B.
Hammocks | 148 threads, 1424 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Re: Hammock User Survey
05/21/2015 22:10:32 MDT
by Ken T.


Latest Post

Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

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

Website & Forum Admin/Support | 585 threads, 4706 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: Up but not down
05/21/2015 10:57:06 MDT
by Katharina ....
User Test Forum | 1072 threads, 2049 posts

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

Test pic
05/23/2015 14:53:32 MDT
by Jose Beltran