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


Latest Post

Community Support Forum | 560 threads, 4297 posts

A place where members can ask specific questions from the forum community about using the website or its forums, or other support issues not related to membership account maintenance (which should be referred directly to BPL Staff).

04/17/2014 22:18:59 MDT
by Daniel Ellis
Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

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

User Test Forum | 969 threads, 1901 posts

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

04/15/2014 14:54:45 MDT
by Jacob Down


Latest Post

GEAR | 23513 threads, 280650 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: Have you tried
04/18/2014 07:21:35 MDT
by Link .
Gear Lists | 1551 threads, 20054 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: Am I ready for a UL Pack...
04/18/2014 07:12:58 MDT
by HK Newman
Multiple Use Gear | 297 threads, 3341 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: Kid's sauce packets = UL contai...
04/16/2014 17:55:23 MDT
by Ben H.
Make Your Own Gear | 5353 threads, 52147 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).

04/18/2014 06:35:23 MDT
by Jon Holthaus
Gear Deals | 4444 threads, 26113 posts

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

No longer
04/18/2014 06:55:11 MDT
by John Holmes
Gear Swap | 33111 threads, 141049 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 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.

04/18/2014 06:50:00 MDT
by b allen


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3369 threads, 45812 posts

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

Re: I probably have Giardia.. and i...
04/18/2014 07:09:11 MDT
by spelt !
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 110 threads, 2175 posts

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

04/16/2014 14:50:16 MDT
by Gordon Gray
Philosophy & Technique | 1019 threads, 19370 posts

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

04/18/2014 00:06:38 MDT
by Susan D
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1458 threads, 17935 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: Large Size Parmesan Pak...
04/18/2014 04:57:41 MDT
by Mike Gunderloy


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 120 threads, 1441 posts

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

scout backpacking
04/17/2014 12:39:08 MDT
by Rick Adams
Philmont | 139 threads, 1747 posts

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

Trek# 34
04/03/2014 17:50:36 MDT
by JC Root


Latest Post

Packrafting | 150 threads, 1026 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: Packraft Gear
04/10/2014 07:19:17 MDT
by David Chenault
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 267 threads, 2531 posts

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

Re: Re: Update
04/17/2014 11:49:37 MDT
by edvin mellergÄrd
Winter Hiking | 501 threads, 5437 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.

Outa Ware
04/10/2014 13:09:32 MDT
by Rob P
Fishing | 238 threads, 1991 posts

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

Patagonia "tenkara" stick
04/17/2014 19:26:53 MDT
by Casey Greene
Photography | 519 threads, 5270 posts

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

Got one!
04/16/2014 11:29:58 MDT
by Matt Murray
Other Activities | 190 threads, 1609 posts

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

Re: Animal Scat/Tracks Poster...
04/16/2014 15:59:17 MDT
by David Ayers
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 109 threads, 859 posts

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

New ultralight panniers from Arkel...
03/25/2014 13:08:33 MDT
by Willem Jongman
Hammocks | 120 threads, 1177 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

04/15/2014 11:29:51 MDT
by Matthew Keenan


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 925 threads, 23924 posts

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

04/17/2014 22:34:39 MDT
by David Chenault
Pre-Trip Planning | 1137 threads, 8166 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

04/18/2014 00:59:40 MDT
by Susan D
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1504 threads, 17125 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Anyone interested in we...
04/17/2014 08:51:18 MDT
by Dean L
Post-Trip Reports | 1912 threads, 14622 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Re: Re: Re: Zion Canyons.
04/18/2014 07:28:02 MDT
by David Chenault
On the Web | 430 threads, 2382 posts

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

Re: what do you want to do?...
04/14/2014 17:15:49 MDT
by Nick Gatel
Chaff | 1903 threads, 35124 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: Random thoughts on Mortality an...
04/17/2014 23:14:35 MDT
by Justin Baker
Photo Gallery | 355 threads, 3753 posts

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

04/04/2014 10:43:23 MDT
by Christopher Chupka