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


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GEAR | 24402 threads, 293570 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: Re: Down jackets. Help me f...
09/02/2014 17:08:42 MDT
by Matthew H
Gear Lists | 1628 threads, 20899 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: Quick solo trip to Shenandoah...
09/02/2014 12:43:53 MDT
by Andy F
Multiple Use Gear | 309 threads, 3463 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: Canister as pack?
08/27/2014 05:04:59 MDT
by Mike Gunderloy
Make Your Own Gear | 5520 threads, 53817 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).

Thanks Matt
09/02/2014 16:19:04 MDT
by Mole J
Gear Deals | 4606 threads, 27103 posts

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

Re: Venom Super Stoves for Labor Da...
09/02/2014 09:36:21 MDT
by Ped Estrian
Gear Swap | 35541 threads, 150735 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 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.

FS: ZPacks Groundsheet-Poncho...
09/02/2014 17:34:53 MDT
by Joseph Bernier


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3511 threads, 48319 posts

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

Re: Stake techniques
09/02/2014 17:01:39 MDT
by jerry adams
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 118 threads, 2436 posts

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

09/01/2014 19:45:11 MDT
by Ito Jakuchu
Philosophy & Technique | 1059 threads, 20314 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: "Dipping from the spring box"...
09/02/2014 17:22:41 MDT
by Kevin Buggie
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1520 threads, 18927 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.

Almond Butter
09/02/2014 08:21:19 MDT
by Nicholas Smolinske


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 126 threads, 1493 posts

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

08/26/2014 17:46:22 MDT
by M B
Philmont | 148 threads, 1818 posts

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

Re: nope
09/01/2014 14:59:24 MDT
by Joseph Jacaruso


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 968 threads, 24590 posts

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

Can the windjacket be exchanged wit...
09/02/2014 15:16:24 MDT
by Lars Laird Iversen
Pre-Trip Planning | 1320 threads, 9542 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Re guadalupe mountains
09/02/2014 16:56:50 MDT
by Luke Schmidt
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1547 threads, 17315 posts

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

Northeast Trip - November 13-16, 20...
09/02/2014 07:49:49 MDT
by Kevin Babione
Post-Trip Reports | 2028 threads, 15486 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

09/02/2014 12:53:14 MDT
by Gordon Gray
On the Web | 494 threads, 2776 posts

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

The Trail Show #27 - The Live Show ...
09/01/2014 17:24:18 MDT
by Paul Magnanti
Chaff | 2020 threads, 37336 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: Cameras and the Police...
09/02/2014 17:34:34 MDT
by Ian Van Halen
Photo Gallery | 363 threads, 3833 posts

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

Re: Re: JMT 2014 8/12-8/25...
08/30/2014 20:25:55 MDT
by M G


Latest Post

Packrafting | 164 threads, 1137 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: From Mt.Olympus summit down Hoh...
08/19/2014 22:25:06 MDT
by Kyle Meyer
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 274 threads, 2597 posts

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

thank again
08/23/2014 17:31:07 MDT
by Alok Karnik
Winter Hiking | 505 threads, 5459 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: Backcountry touring ski upgrade...
09/01/2014 17:10:04 MDT
by Paul McLaughlin
Fishing | 251 threads, 2126 posts

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

Re: Spin Fishing Setup
09/02/2014 17:26:55 MDT
by Ben H.
Photography | 554 threads, 5700 posts

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

09/02/2014 07:12:18 MDT
by Nathan W
Other Activities | 200 threads, 1654 posts

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

08/08/2014 07:33:46 MDT
by Jon Holthaus
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 120 threads, 942 posts

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

Re: How Much Weight Do Bike Packers...
08/31/2014 11:04:07 MDT
by Eric Douglas
Hammocks | 136 threads, 1279 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

ZPacks U/Q
09/02/2014 17:17:25 MDT
by Richard Reno


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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 | 561 threads, 4268 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.

08/28/2014 17:26:57 MDT
by Scott Bentz
User Test Forum | 996 threads, 1943 posts

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

Test Picture
08/31/2014 12:59:04 MDT
by Kate Anthony