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


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GEAR | 24169 threads, 290375 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.

World's fastest battery packs?...
07/25/2014 20:53:41 MDT
by Rex Sanders
Gear Lists | 1605 threads, 20687 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!

White Mountains / Pemigewasset Wild...
07/25/2014 08:40:36 MDT
by Max Dilthey
Multiple Use Gear | 304 threads, 3430 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.

Dog bowl
07/18/2014 10:59:55 MDT
by Josiah Vandervelde
Make Your Own Gear | 5480 threads, 53403 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).

free shipping
07/25/2014 17:49:30 MDT
by jimmy b
Gear Deals | 4562 threads, 26888 posts

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

Re: Re: Sierra Designs LIVE...
07/25/2014 15:12:46 MDT
by Michael Glavin
Gear Swap | 34874 threads, 148146 posts

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

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  • 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: fs: zpacks twin quilt 6' lengt...
07/25/2014 23:03:59 MDT
by Kelly Kading


Latest Post

General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3478 threads, 47743 posts

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

Thousand Island Lake
07/25/2014 20:49:43 MDT
by Peter Bakwin
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 118 threads, 2387 posts

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

07/25/2014 14:48:45 MDT
by Katherine .
Philosophy & Technique | 1044 threads, 20038 posts

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

Tiny teeth
07/24/2014 16:15:32 MDT
by Paul Wagner
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1503 threads, 18664 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: Cheese
07/23/2014 22:33:22 MDT
by Sarah Kirkconnell


Latest Post

Backpacking Light with Scouts | 124 threads, 1475 posts

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

Re: Ughhhhh
06/25/2014 10:46:20 MDT
by jerry adams
Philmont | 147 threads, 1804 posts

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

True, but....
07/24/2014 07:25:03 MDT
by Jay Lash


Latest Post

Editor's Roundtable | 958 threads, 24433 posts

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

Providone Iodine
07/25/2014 05:59:17 MDT
Pre-Trip Planning | 1276 threads, 9232 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

Resupply on 9/22 at Vidette Meadow ...
07/25/2014 22:09:04 MDT
by Duane Bindschadler
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1537 threads, 17264 posts

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

Hannegan T/H
07/25/2014 01:27:09 MDT
by stephen keating
Post-Trip Reports | 1989 threads, 15156 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Crew 2425, Wrangell St Elias Nation...
07/25/2014 23:07:24 MDT
by Brian Barnes
On the Web | 481 threads, 2721 posts

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

Re: Death of backpacking?
07/25/2014 10:27:57 MDT
by Ian B.
Chaff | 1987 threads, 36662 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: How is this Better ...
07/25/2014 19:27:09 MDT
by Jeremy B.
Photo Gallery | 359 threads, 3803 posts

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

Re: Yosemite High Sierra Camps...
07/25/2014 22:04:33 MDT
by Justin Baker


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Packrafting | 162 threads, 1122 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: Re: ...APA Roundup
07/15/2014 16:35:51 MDT
by David Chenault
Mountaineering & Alpinism | 272 threads, 2575 posts

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

06/20/2014 01:09:00 MDT
by Will Elliott
Winter Hiking | 503 threads, 5447 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.

Extending my 3-season gear for snow...
07/04/2014 17:31:35 MDT
by Franco Darioli
Fishing | 244 threads, 2062 posts

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

Another thought..
07/24/2014 17:50:39 MDT
by Gregg Lenart
Photography | 548 threads, 5638 posts

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

a blog?
07/25/2014 21:43:00 MDT
by Jennifer Mitol
Other Activities | 199 threads, 1650 posts

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

Re: Treading lightly
07/04/2014 14:16:18 MDT
by Dale Wambaugh
Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring | 114 threads, 912 posts

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

Re: Spring and summer bike adventur...
07/22/2014 17:35:22 MDT
by Dale Wambaugh
Hammocks | 131 threads, 1252 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Bridge hammock bug net version 0.1...
07/25/2014 21:54:18 MDT
by Jeffrey Wong


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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 | 560 threads, 4259 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: Re: PM issues
07/12/2014 10:04:33 MDT
by Ian B.
User Test Forum | 989 threads, 1929 posts

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

07/25/2014 22:51:42 MDT
by Ben 2 World