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


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GEAR | 24672 threads, 297693 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: Re: ZPack Arc Blast questions...
10/22/2014 22:22:12 MDT
by John Harper
Gear Lists | 1638 threads, 21010 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: Re: Dromedary
10/22/2014 19:36:40 MDT
by Brendan Swihart
Multiple Use Gear | 309 threads, 3482 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.

10/18/2014 18:31:36 MDT
by Tyler Lego
Make Your Own Gear | 5561 threads, 54260 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: Strathcona Pack
10/22/2014 20:04:46 MDT
by Brendan Swihart
Gear Deals | 4648 threads, 27457 posts

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

10/22/2014 16:00:06 MDT
by Joey J
Gear Swap | 36369 threads, 153800 posts

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

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SMD Swift...
10/22/2014 22:14:07 MDT
by . traleshotz


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3549 threads, 48857 posts

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

Re: Air pad stored inflated?...
10/22/2014 22:28:08 MDT
by David Thomas
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 121 threads, 2530 posts

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

Re: Re: A different approach, and w...
10/21/2014 23:40:27 MDT
by Aaron Sorensen
Philosophy & Technique | 1065 threads, 20597 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: Creeping Weight.
10/21/2014 10:04:28 MDT
by Andy F
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1534 threads, 19091 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: There's a misconception tha...
10/22/2014 22:09:27 MDT
by Steven Paris


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Backpacking Light with Scouts | 127 threads, 1503 posts

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

10/22/2014 21:26:03 MDT
by Brad Stoppenhagen
Philmont | 148 threads, 1821 posts

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

Re: Cooking During Ranger Checkout...
10/22/2014 21:16:59 MDT
by Matt Dirksen


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 985 threads, 24871 posts

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

Re: Mountain Laurel Designs TrailSt...
10/22/2014 20:21:15 MDT
by Dave U
Pre-Trip Planning | 1368 threads, 9883 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Re: thanks
10/22/2014 20:02:37 MDT
by Brendan Swihart
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1559 threads, 17487 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: One last Sierra trip be...
10/22/2014 20:04:59 MDT
by Jeremy B.
Post-Trip Reports | 2083 threads, 15919 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Re: Five Days in Yosemite in Octobe...
10/22/2014 21:25:07 MDT
by twig .
On the Web | 512 threads, 2903 posts

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

Re: Penny Pines Plantation, @ San J...
10/22/2014 08:28:25 MDT
by Art ...
Chaff | 2051 threads, 37769 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: Well now I did it
10/22/2014 21:51:15 MDT
by Ian B.
Photo Gallery | 368 threads, 3871 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Trinity Alps: Caribou L...
10/22/2014 13:05:19 MDT
by Ian B.


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Packrafting | 169 threads, 1164 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.

Interesting idea
10/22/2014 10:54:04 MDT
by Nicholas Smolinske
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 276 threads, 2612 posts

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

Minimalist shoes
10/14/2014 21:48:10 MDT
by Will Elliott
Winter Hiking | 511 threads, 5575 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: My snowshoe footwear system...
10/21/2014 12:12:43 MDT
by Andy F
Fishing | 254 threads, 2192 posts

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

10/22/2014 12:53:15 MDT
by Yuri R
Photography | 564 threads, 5819 posts

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

Re: Landscape Photography books...
10/22/2014 13:52:42 MDT
by Bob Gross
Other Activities | 201 threads, 1655 posts

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

WFR classes in San Francisco: 5 wee...
09/24/2014 15:29:16 MDT
by Jeremy B.
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 124 threads, 973 posts

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

Re: Re: Hyalite LTW Panniers...
10/14/2014 22:03:06 MDT
by Dale Wambaugh
Hammocks | 137 threads, 1289 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

UL hammock makers? Who?
10/07/2014 16:03:37 MDT
by Steven McAllister


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Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

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

Website & Forum Admin/Support | 564 threads, 4278 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: Photo upload problem
10/16/2014 15:55:57 MDT
by Bob Moulder
User Test Forum | 1012 threads, 1965 posts

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

10/18/2014 14:43:26 MDT
by Tony Wong