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


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GEAR | 25901 threads, 315099 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: Big Agnes UL tent users: footp...
04/18/2015 13:29:35 MDT
by Jim Cushing
Gear Lists | 1722 threads, 21993 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: Gates of the Artic National...
04/18/2015 08:41:55 MDT
by Bradford Rogers
Multiple Use Gear | 319 threads, 3719 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.

Boxers as Shorts
04/18/2015 07:20:02 MDT
by Gerry Brucia
Make Your Own Gear | 5796 threads, 56533 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).

Juice can
04/18/2015 13:16:40 MDT
by Rene Ravenel
Gear Deals | 4882 threads, 28978 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Re: Integrated Pot Supp...
04/18/2015 09:51:56 MDT
by James Marco
Gear Swap | 39512 threads, 164959 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.

FS: Borah Gear down vest, small...
04/18/2015 13:38:38 MDT
by nathan frisch


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3668 threads, 51478 posts

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

Re: What do you use to carry food?...
04/18/2015 10:05:59 MDT
by Dale Wambaugh
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 133 threads, 2957 posts

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

Durable 44 grams SUL Solo Kit Esbit...
04/17/2015 16:11:52 MDT
by Dan Yeruski
Philosophy & Technique | 1109 threads, 21942 posts

Discussions about the ethereal philosophy of going light, balanced (maybe) by both rational and (very likely) irrational discussions of "best practices", techniques, etc.

Shelter with a muddy bottom....
04/18/2015 12:23:24 MDT
by Kenneth Keating
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1596 threads, 20211 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.

Deer Jerky
04/17/2015 18:54:53 MDT
by William Giles


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 | 152 threads, 1887 posts

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

Tarps or Cooking?
04/15/2015 04:58:13 MDT
by Jay Lash


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 1034 threads, 25889 posts

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

Re: Re: thru route
04/18/2015 09:52:15 MDT
by Link .
Pre-Trip Planning | 1569 threads, 11688 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Narrowing Utah focus
04/18/2015 13:32:27 MDT
by John Witt
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1603 threads, 18173 posts

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

GGG #8 Planning Survey
04/17/2015 22:10:36 MDT
by Ken T.
Post-Trip Reports | 2175 threads, 16579 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Canyonlands with the Kids
04/18/2015 09:14:32 MDT
by rOg w
On the Web | 589 threads, 3314 posts

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

The Trader in the Wild
04/16/2015 12:30:51 MDT
by Valerie E
Chaff | 2246 threads, 41016 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: Should I or shouldn't I ?...
04/18/2015 09:09:31 MDT
by Jennifer Mitol
Photo Gallery | 394 threads, 4127 posts

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

Re: Re: Ansel Adams
04/15/2015 13:03:58 MDT
by Alex Wallace


Latest Post

Packrafting | 176 threads, 1241 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: Ghost
04/09/2015 10:42:58 MDT
by David Chenault
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 291 threads, 2837 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Scrambling Boot/Approac...
04/15/2015 22:32:51 MDT
by Jeff Jeff
Winter Hiking | 538 threads, 6012 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.

Fires and stoves in snow shelters...
04/18/2015 13:09:54 MDT
by Paul Magnanti
Fishing | 267 threads, 2331 posts

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

The Single Fly
04/18/2015 12:20:22 MDT
by Craig W.
Photography | 584 threads, 6055 posts

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

Great Article about small, lightwei...
04/18/2015 03:41:58 MDT
by Franco Darioli
Other Activities | 206 threads, 1697 posts

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

04/17/2015 20:28:28 MDT
by Katharina ....
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 133 threads, 1036 posts

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

04/15/2015 18:18:04 MDT
by John Higgins
Hammocks | 146 threads, 1413 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

04/12/2015 08:24:37 MDT
by Terran Terran


Latest Post

Content Solicitations | 9 threads, 88 posts

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

Website & Forum Admin/Support | 584 threads, 4681 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: Roger? Ryan? Grand opening this...
04/15/2015 17:26:35 MDT
by Roger Caffin
User Test Forum | 1059 threads, 2026 posts

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

FS pad
04/12/2015 10:48:14 MDT
by amy britton