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


Latest Post

GIVEAWAYS | 1 threads, 1 posts

This is an experimental Channel at this stage. It seems some vendors are willing to offer to BPL Members (M and L) a small quantity of some backpacking item as GIVEAWAYS. To claim one of these items you should send a small email request to (the email addy may change later) naming the item, giving your full name and address (for posting), and a promise to write at least a Reader Review later on. There will be a time limit for this. We will forward the names and addresses of the successful bidders to the vendor so they can do the posting. Yes, this is a closed channel: no posting here.

Lost Canyon (book) by Nina Revoyr...
08/26/2015 04:01:19 MDT
by Roger Caffin
GEAR | 26666 threads, 326192 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.

stowaway pouch
09/02/2015 15:51:09 MDT
by Michael Gartman
Gear Lists | 1772 threads, 22605 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: Te Araroa / First Thru-Hike Gea...
08/31/2015 19:51:08 MDT
by David Thomas
Multiple Use Gear | 325 threads, 3838 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: Pillow
09/01/2015 00:14:53 MDT
by Katherine .
Make Your Own Gear | 5927 threads, 57713 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: Re: Mitten clip alternatives...
09/02/2015 13:49:15 MDT
by John Harper
Gear Deals | 4996 threads, 30151 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.

09/02/2015 14:57:16 MDT
by Hiker 9
Gear Swap | 41748 threads, 172590 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.

Hexamid solo plus
09/02/2015 15:50:05 MDT
by Don Halpin


Latest Post

Speed Hiking and Fastpacking | 18 threads, 473 posts

Dedicated to Speed Hiking and Fastpacking TRIPS themselves. Gear discussions should go in the SUL or Gear channels.

Re: Re: Amber
09/02/2015 09:09:37 MDT
by Craig W.
General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3775 threads, 52956 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Re: Enlightened Equipme...
09/01/2015 17:10:04 MDT
by Dave -
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 | 1140 threads, 22550 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: EDC carry: really necessary?...
09/02/2015 15:41:22 MDT
by Andy F
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1650 threads, 20922 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: Gluten Free - Might Not Mat...
09/02/2015 13:50:45 MDT
by Ralph Burgess


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 133 threads, 1561 posts

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

Firelite 900 ml
08/11/2015 14:33:15 MDT
by Danny Milks
Philmont | 160 threads, 1998 posts

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

08/31/2015 08:17:34 MDT
by Patrick Moran


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1075 threads, 26432 posts

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

Low Cost Lightweight
09/01/2015 18:27:42 MDT
by Will Rietveld
Pre-Trip Planning | 1735 threads, 12899 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Re: Thanks
09/02/2015 13:38:37 MDT
by Frank T
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1640 threads, 18685 posts

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

Re: PCT outpost
09/02/2015 12:49:39 MDT
by K K
Post-Trip Reports | 2262 threads, 17214 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

09/02/2015 14:48:05 MDT
by David T
On the Web | 628 threads, 3488 posts

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

Re: Richard Proenneke
09/01/2015 01:27:34 MDT
by K K
Chaff | 2369 threads, 43189 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: FPV Racing
09/02/2015 15:26:20 MDT
by Jonathon Self
Photo Gallery | 412 threads, 4221 posts

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

Nice photos
08/29/2015 15:41:00 MDT
by Kelly G


Latest Post

Packrafting | 184 threads, 1316 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.

09/01/2015 12:20:22 MDT
by Nick Aschenwald
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 | 542 threads, 6035 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: Re: Re: Re: bivy
08/30/2015 23:22:13 MDT
by Jeff Cadorin
Fishing | 284 threads, 2517 posts

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

Just don't "ground" a fish....
09/01/2015 20:23:44 MDT
by Adam Klagsbrun
Photography | 603 threads, 6343 posts

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

Re: First mountain lion kitten :)...
08/29/2015 19:40:56 MDT
by Tom Kirchner
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 | 144 threads, 1108 posts

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

Re: Re: Hopefully this clears thing...
09/01/2015 14:49:45 MDT
by Woubeir (from Europe)
Hammocks | 152 threads, 1455 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Suspension suggestion
08/29/2015 16:10:47 MDT
by Victor Jorgensen


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 | 595 threads, 4792 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: Erroneous email about a sup...
08/31/2015 16:31:22 MDT
by John Donewar
User Test Forum | 1098 threads, 2094 posts

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

Re: wad1
08/29/2015 21:52:55 MDT
by Ken T.