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


Latest Post

GEAR | 25579 threads, 310641 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.

-20f winter ul gear list
03/04/2015 09:48:19 MST
by J H L
Gear Lists | 1704 threads, 21750 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!

Scale and Food
03/04/2015 09:25:54 MST
by John Almond
Multiple Use Gear | 314 threads, 3577 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.

02/28/2015 05:30:19 MST
by David Moreno
Make Your Own Gear | 5727 threads, 55934 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: Simple valve makes Sawyer Mini ...
03/04/2015 09:26:47 MST
by Link .
Gear Deals | 4835 threads, 28525 posts

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

Patagonia Houdini for $48.83 at REI...
03/04/2015 09:52:45 MST
by Matthew Turner
Gear Swap | 38599 threads, 161630 posts

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

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  • 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.

03/04/2015 09:54:45 MST
by Brian Carr


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3641 threads, 50839 posts

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

RE: Re: Ray Jardine's packs...
03/04/2015 04:20:12 MST
by Gerry Brucia
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 131 threads, 2882 posts

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

Adding a valve to a generic plastic...
03/03/2015 22:34:34 MST
by Jan Miksovsky
Philosophy & Technique | 1099 threads, 21708 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: Gear when using a bivy
03/02/2015 20:56:58 MST
by Katherine .
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1577 threads, 19941 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.

03/04/2015 09:45:05 MST
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 | 149 threads, 1829 posts

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

PHilmont Cook Setup and Rain FlySet...
02/12/2015 20:35:09 MST
by Steven McDowell


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1020 threads, 25578 posts

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

Re: Re: The Evolution of a Winter S...
03/03/2015 23:27:31 MST
by Roger Caffin
Pre-Trip Planning | 1504 threads, 11161 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Re: Re: Overnight hikes near Orland...
03/04/2015 06:43:54 MST
by Luke Schmidt
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1589 threads, 17972 posts

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

Re: Re: MnBPLers GGGG
03/02/2015 16:07:49 MST
by Shawn Peyton
Post-Trip Reports | 2146 threads, 16406 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

the fry bread
03/04/2015 09:30:15 MST
by Kevin Buggie
On the Web | 576 threads, 3258 posts

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

Re: J-tree graffitti
03/02/2015 19:07:22 MST
by Ken T.
Chaff | 2212 threads, 40141 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: How the Sun's v...
03/04/2015 09:14:01 MST
by Rog Tallbloke
Photo Gallery | 389 threads, 4092 posts

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

RE: Re: The Bobcats Came Back & Cli...
03/02/2015 17:20:23 MST
by Valerie E


Latest Post

Packrafting | 174 threads, 1217 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: Vinylplan?
02/25/2015 08:38:00 MST
by Nikita Yurinov
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 288 threads, 2795 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Re: Scrambling Boot rec...
02/24/2015 12:08:20 MST
by Tad Englund
Winter Hiking | 536 threads, 5955 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.

-10F list
03/03/2015 20:22:52 MST
by Gary Pikovsky
Fishing | 262 threads, 2263 posts

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

Re: Balzer rod
03/02/2015 12:13:32 MST
by Ben H.
Photography | 578 threads, 5965 posts

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

Re: A few pics
03/01/2015 09:00:36 MST
by jerry adams
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 | 131 threads, 1024 posts

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

Let's see this 29+ Ogre!
02/26/2015 22:52:43 MST
by Will Elliott
Hammocks | 142 threads, 1354 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Re: Re: Topquilt used as an underqu...
02/22/2015 11:34:12 MST
by Jeremy Rardin


Latest Post

Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

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

Website & Forum Admin/Support | 578 threads, 4623 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: satan get behind me
02/28/2015 20:20:54 MST
by Roger Caffin
User Test Forum | 1043 threads, 2007 posts

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

image test
03/02/2015 14:52:46 MST
by Rog Tallbloke