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


Latest Post

GEAR | 25762 threads, 313228 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: Patagonia R1 Hoody Question...
03/29/2015 22:53:45 MDT
by Katherine .
Gear Lists | 1717 threads, 21949 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!

This looks like a cool trip....
03/27/2015 13:17:37 MDT
by Will Elliott
Multiple Use Gear | 316 threads, 3657 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: My "wind shirt" rant......
03/29/2015 11:29:46 MDT
by Ralph Wood
Make Your Own Gear | 5768 threads, 56316 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).

heat shrink
03/29/2015 22:53:38 MDT
by Ed Biermann
Gear Deals | 4865 threads, 28774 posts

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

Re: Re: Esbit Testing
03/29/2015 22:34:35 MDT
by Jameson Tisch
Gear Swap | 39149 threads, 163538 posts

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

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  • 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.

03/29/2015 22:26:13 MDT
by Megan P


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3661 threads, 51247 posts

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

tool for removing
03/29/2015 22:45:05 MDT
by Diane Pinkers
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 132 threads, 2935 posts

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

Re: Lighting two stoves with one fl...
03/26/2015 08:04:28 MDT
by jerry adams
Philosophy & Technique | 1105 threads, 21794 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: Cliff collapse leav...
03/29/2015 19:56:18 MDT
by jerry adams
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1590 threads, 20126 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.

Other Chemicals..
03/26/2015 22:35:06 MDT
by jimmer ultralight


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 131 threads, 1540 posts

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

Good Idea
02/26/2015 11:49:02 MST
by Dan Yeruski
Philmont | 150 threads, 1850 posts

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

Smaller Pots on Backpacking Stoves...
03/29/2015 17:05:29 MDT
by Mark Rash


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1028 threads, 25723 posts

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

Re: rain
03/29/2015 22:04:27 MDT
by David Chenault
Pre-Trip Planning | 1545 threads, 11505 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

suggested hikes
03/29/2015 20:03:26 MDT
by Paul Wagner
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1596 threads, 18055 posts

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

03/29/2015 11:48:44 MDT
by Roy Cameron
Post-Trip Reports | 2164 threads, 16531 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Re: Re: Four days in the Minarets i...
03/29/2015 21:01:47 MDT
by Andy Duncan
On the Web | 588 threads, 3312 posts

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

Re: Suluk 46 - Social Media...
03/26/2015 05:34:00 MDT
by Steven Evans
Chaff | 2224 threads, 40531 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: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:...
03/29/2015 17:56:39 MDT
by jerry adams
Photo Gallery | 392 threads, 4105 posts

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

Re: Aconcagua
03/26/2015 09:57:48 MDT
by Bob Gross


Latest Post

Packrafting | 176 threads, 1239 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.

03/23/2015 05:50:51 MDT
by Nikita Yurinov
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 289 threads, 2813 posts

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

Northface morning glory
03/17/2015 19:41:52 MDT
by David Olsen
Winter Hiking | 536 threads, 5985 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.

0°F sleep system @ 45oz (2.82lb)...
03/23/2015 06:32:10 MDT
by Bob Moulder
Fishing | 266 threads, 2284 posts

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

03/26/2015 20:09:39 MDT
by Ryan Tucker
Photography | 583 threads, 6022 posts

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

Art Wolfe
03/27/2015 08:15:02 MDT
by Jesse Anderson
Other Activities | 205 threads, 1695 posts

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

Open Call for UltraHikers/Fastpacke...
02/15/2015 11:06:52 MST
by Matt Thyer
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 133 threads, 1034 posts

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

Re: Back to the future!
03/23/2015 13:40:26 MDT
by Richard Reno
Hammocks | 144 threads, 1389 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

03/22/2015 17:25:34 MDT
by Clifford Ritt


Latest Post

Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

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

Website & Forum Admin/Support | 580 threads, 4632 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: Dude!!!
03/24/2015 21:18:57 MDT
by Roger Caffin
User Test Forum | 1053 threads, 2020 posts

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

03/28/2015 08:57:28 MDT
by Ken T.