November 20, 2015 8:16 PM MST - Subscription purchasing, account maintenance, forum profile maintenance, new account registration, and forum posting have been disabled
as we prepare our databases for the final migration to our new server next week. Stay tuned here for more details.
Subscribe Contribute Advertise Facebook Twitter Instagram Forums Newsletter


"Intelligent conversations about lightweight backpacking technique, gear, and philosophy from the most passionate backpackers in the world..."

The cost of maintaining these forums is subsidized primarily by membership fees. Please consider supporting these forums by becoming a member.

Backpacking Light forums are moderated, frequented by young people, and not open to foolishness or stupidity. Please be respectful. View our forum guidelines here.


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


Latest Post

GEAR TESTING | 3 threads, 7 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 items for TESTING and REVIEW. 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), a promise to write a small Review later on, plus any other details needed (like size or colour). 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 by Nina Revoyr
10/02/2015 16:36:19 MDT
by Roger Caffin
GEAR | 26982 threads, 330399 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.

11/20/2015 19:39:42 MST
by Ito Jakuchu
Gear Lists | 1783 threads, 22681 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!

11/20/2015 10:02:25 MST
by Eli Zabielski
Multiple Use Gear | 327 threads, 3861 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: yes, definitely
11/18/2015 17:07:07 MST
by Michael Samford
Make Your Own Gear | 5992 threads, 58422 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: Re: Extra Large Polycryo Sh...
11/20/2015 19:24:48 MST
by Billy Ray
Gear Deals | 5063 threads, 30564 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.

Re: the loophole
11/20/2015 18:57:15 MST
by Ken T.
Gear Swap | 42998 threads, 176844 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.

FS: Books
11/20/2015 17:43:43 MST
by Norman Kirk


Latest Post

Speed Hiking and Fastpacking | 40 threads, 713 posts

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

11/19/2015 21:52:02 MST
by Ed Tyanich
General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3821 threads, 53933 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Re: Men Women Wild real...
11/20/2015 18:37:38 MST
by Larry De La Briandais
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 140 threads, 3164 posts

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

Re: Re: MLD "Shorty" quilt/poncho...
11/10/2015 19:01:44 MST
by Just In Time
Philosophy & Technique | 1145 threads, 22742 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: Stealth mode
11/20/2015 19:15:26 MST
by Mike M
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1670 threads, 21153 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: Supplemental Food for Bob's...
11/15/2015 22:58:56 MST
by Nick Smolinske


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 134 threads, 1564 posts

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

09/24/2015 13:36:55 MDT
by Rex Sanders
Philmont | 165 threads, 2032 posts

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

Re: Specific gear options?
11/18/2015 19:46:48 MST
by Matt Dirksen


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1097 threads, 26688 posts

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

Experience & design
11/20/2015 12:54:57 MST
by Eric Blumensaadt
Pre-Trip Planning | 1771 threads, 13159 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Southern utah for a week
11/20/2015 17:32:44 MST
by Chris C
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1652 threads, 18872 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: BPL Winter Meetup Michi...
11/19/2015 16:15:16 MST
by Stephen M
Post-Trip Reports | 2307 threads, 17503 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Re:Catskills weekend - Windham->...
11/20/2015 15:22:27 MST
by george carr
On the Web | 647 threads, 3654 posts

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

Re: REI is closing on Black Friday,...
11/17/2015 14:28:25 MST
by Ken T.
Chaff | 2440 threads, 44638 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: "Who on BPL is full of ...
11/20/2015 18:37:28 MST
by Stephen M
Photo Gallery | 422 threads, 4303 posts

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

Re: Backpacking Creatures
11/20/2015 07:55:08 MST
by E J


Latest Post

The Natural Environment | 11 threads, 85 posts

This channel, in response to popular demand, is for discussions about flora, fauna, geology and all the wonders of Nature. (It's not for Trip Reports or Gear or other such things.)

Thank you for adding this forum and...
11/17/2015 09:09:56 MST
by E J
Packrafting | 184 threads, 1332 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: Re: PFDs
10/29/2015 10:48:28 MDT
by David Chenault
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 295 threads, 2880 posts

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

Re: Re: Beet juice could help body ...
11/10/2015 13:11:24 MST
by Greg Mihalik
Winter Hiking | 551 threads, 6182 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: Neoprene Socks in S...
11/19/2015 20:03:04 MST
by Just In Time
Fishing | 285 threads, 2522 posts

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

Regional Tenkara Groups on the East...
11/04/2015 10:05:26 MST
by Adam Klagsbrun
Photography | 611 threads, 6460 posts

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

Mirror less and wildlife
11/19/2015 19:19:40 MST
by Tom D.
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 | 150 threads, 1137 posts

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

bikepacking forum
11/20/2015 16:20:05 MST
by John Higgins
Hammocks | 155 threads, 1459 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Sultans Of Swing
10/29/2015 21:22:07 MDT
by Matthew Perry


Latest Post

Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 83 posts

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

Re: Bump
09/18/2015 16:23:40 MDT
by Bradford Rogers
Website & Forum Admin/Support | 605 threads, 4894 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: Receiving BPL site warnings whe...
11/17/2015 09:23:39 MST
by Ken T.
User Test Forum | 1109 threads, 2125 posts

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

Re: test
11/09/2015 11:38:15 MST
by Ken T.