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


Latest Post

GEAR | 23535 threads, 281010 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.

"Tent Tech"
04/23/2014 11:26:41 MDT
by Christopher Graf
Gear Lists | 1554 threads, 20110 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!

04/23/2014 12:03:59 MDT
by Megan P
Multiple Use Gear | 297 threads, 3342 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: Kid's sauce packets = UL contai...
04/19/2014 21:57:16 MDT
by Jesse Anderson
Make Your Own Gear | 5359 threads, 52230 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).

sil polyester
04/23/2014 12:23:44 MDT
by J Mole
Gear Deals | 4449 threads, 26153 posts

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

Got it
04/23/2014 11:11:14 MDT
by Bob P.
Gear Swap | 33209 threads, 141424 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.

Re: Wanted; JMT trail permit for 20...
04/23/2014 12:57:44 MDT
by Marko Botsaris


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3374 threads, 45922 posts

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

PCT blogs
04/23/2014 12:55:39 MDT
by Diane Pinkers
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 110 threads, 2188 posts

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

Re: Re: Zebralight burn times?...
04/23/2014 11:43:37 MDT
by Bob Gross
Philosophy & Technique | 1019 threads, 19402 posts

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

"Y'all" in Irish-English (thread dr...
04/23/2014 08:39:37 MDT
by Kevin Gurney
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1461 threads, 17979 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: Jambalaya with instant rice?...
04/23/2014 12:28:47 MDT
by Bob Gross


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 120 threads, 1441 posts

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

scout backpacking
04/17/2014 12:39:08 MDT
by Rick Adams
Philmont | 139 threads, 1747 posts

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

Trek# 34
04/03/2014 17:50:36 MDT
by JC Root


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 927 threads, 23916 posts

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

04/23/2014 11:57:38 MDT
by Ryan Jordan
Pre-Trip Planning | 1145 threads, 8236 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

20-23 Days/Nights to Backpack......
04/23/2014 13:04:57 MDT
by Elisa Umpierre
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1506 threads, 17144 posts

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

Bob Open conditions update
04/23/2014 10:45:43 MDT
by David Chenault
Post-Trip Reports | 1914 threads, 14632 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Plenty of opportunities!
04/22/2014 13:01:53 MDT
by Jennifer Adach
On the Web | 432 threads, 2423 posts

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

Why reinvent the wheel?
04/23/2014 10:27:36 MDT
by HK Newman
Chaff | 1904 threads, 35183 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: Apocalypse Cow (segment...
04/23/2014 10:43:31 MDT
by Ken Helwig
Photo Gallery | 355 threads, 3753 posts

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

04/04/2014 10:43:23 MDT
by Christopher Chupka


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Packrafting | 151 threads, 1028 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:Packrafting ... onto the local n...
04/21/2014 09:45:07 MDT
by Tyler N
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 268 threads, 2547 posts

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

Re: Re: Re news coverage
04/20/2014 17:53:57 MDT
by Tom Kirchner
Winter Hiking | 501 threads, 5437 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.

Outa Ware
04/10/2014 13:09:32 MDT
by Rob P
Fishing | 238 threads, 1994 posts

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

No, but...
04/18/2014 12:03:36 MDT
by Pete Staehling
Photography | 520 threads, 5272 posts

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

Re: UL case for rx100
04/22/2014 20:00:34 MDT
by Bob Moulder
Other Activities | 192 threads, 1615 posts

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

04/23/2014 11:52:43 MDT
by Dave T
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 110 threads, 864 posts

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

Re: Re: 130 miles in two days?...
04/23/2014 12:02:03 MDT
by Joel Stephenson
Hammocks | 121 threads, 1187 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Re: Perhaps an Incubator would be a...
04/21/2014 21:07:19 MDT
by Mitchell Ebbott


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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 | 551 threads, 4202 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: woohoo
04/19/2014 17:42:03 MDT
by Tom Kirchner
User Test Forum | 971 threads, 1904 posts

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

Map Picture test
04/23/2014 06:21:40 MDT
by Paul Koenig