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


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GEAR | 24191 threads, 290657 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: Camping with Toddlers
07/31/2014 04:40:36 MDT
by Mike Gunderloy
Gear Lists | 1608 threads, 20724 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: Clean
07/30/2014 16:51:55 MDT
by Benji Hons
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 | 5486 threads, 53445 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).

Vented Silnylon Rain Pants
07/30/2014 23:35:43 MDT
by And E
Gear Deals | 4567 threads, 26911 posts

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

07/31/2014 01:05:46 MDT
by Michael Glavin
Gear Swap | 34960 threads, 148448 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.

I'll take em
07/31/2014 02:19:09 MDT
by James Marshall


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General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion | 3486 threads, 47883 posts

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

Marko's Law
07/31/2014 02:48:44 MDT
by Marko Botsaris
SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion | 118 threads, 2397 posts

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

How many dedicated SULers here?...
07/30/2014 08:35:06 MDT
by Bob Moulder
Philosophy & Technique | 1044 threads, 20041 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: Safety in the backcountry...
07/28/2014 20:47:52 MDT
by Ian B.
Food, Hydration, and Nutrition | 1505 threads, 18694 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.

07/30/2014 08:32:07 MDT
by Ian B.


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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, 1807 posts

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

Re: True, but....
07/30/2014 16:20:39 MDT
by Matt Dirksen


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Editor's Roundtable | 960 threads, 24450 posts

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

pictures are missing
07/31/2014 02:26:38 MDT
by Roman Vazhnov
Pre-Trip Planning | 1284 threads, 9264 posts

Ask questions, post your plans, gather feedback.

PCT Southern California - early sta...
07/31/2014 01:49:30 MDT
by ed hyatt
Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements | 1540 threads, 17273 posts

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

Re: Lost Coast
07/30/2014 11:54:28 MDT
by Lindsey N
Post-Trip Reports | 1997 threads, 15193 posts

Post trip reports, backyard gear testing fiascos, etc.

Northern Colorado Delights
07/30/2014 22:29:22 MDT
by Paul Magnanti
On the Web | 483 threads, 2735 posts

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

The Trail Show #26 - the Pinhoti Tr...
07/30/2014 01:15:38 MDT
by Paul Magnanti
Chaff | 1992 threads, 36707 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: A Surgeon's POV Of A Complete K...
07/30/2014 22:35:47 MDT
by Ken Thompson
Photo Gallery | 360 threads, 3807 posts

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

Re: 1ST week of food for JMT...
07/30/2014 22:22:16 MDT
by David W.


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Packrafting | 163 threads, 1127 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.

07/30/2014 14:39:23 MDT
by Royal Magnell
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 | 246 threads, 2080 posts

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

Re: Fly selection for Sierra...
07/30/2014 22:06:12 MDT
by Andrew F
Photography | 548 threads, 5644 posts

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

Re: Re: Re: Light weight tripods....
07/30/2014 12:49:17 MDT
by Bob Gross
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 | 116 threads, 918 posts

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

Re: Re: Bike Multi-Tool recommendat...
07/30/2014 16:19:29 MDT
by Greg Mihalik
Hammocks | 132 threads, 1257 posts

Specifically for those lightweight hangers in our midst.

Re: trimming a ccf pad
07/29/2014 19:16:11 MDT
by todd harper


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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, 4261 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.
07/30/2014 10:09:24 MDT
by James Couch
User Test Forum | 991 threads, 1931 posts

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

07/30/2014 12:55:01 MDT
by Chad Hollinger