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Flash Reviews No. 2: Deuce of Spades, Helinox Ground Chair, and Vargo vs. MSR Pot Lifters

12 New Comments This Week
By Ryan Jordan on October 14, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author.

M New Balance 889 Multisport Review

6 New Comments This Week
By Roger Caffin on April 02, 2013 in Gear » Reviews
These new trail shoes have gone the way of the Vibram sole. How does this development affect performance?

M RapidPure Filters Review

5 New Comments This Week
By Roger Caffin on September 23, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Some filters leave a bad taste while others do an insufficient job of treating the water. The RapidPure filter changes the game and pushes the boundaries of water treatment.

M New Balance Leadville MT1210 Runners Review

4 New Comments This Week
By Roger Caffin on September 10, 2013 in Gear » Reviews
The Leadville Runners are light and we mean really lightweight. But don't worry you won't have to sacrifice comfort or stability as you conquer the outdoors.

The Greatest Trip That Never Happened

2 New Comments This Week
By Scott Morris on August 12, 2014 in Places » Trip Reports
Although the trip was never completed, the lessons learned were irreplaceable and the experience was very memorable.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 17

1 New Comments This Week
By Damien and Renee Tougas on October 14, 2014 in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Techniques for River Corridor Camping

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By Ryan Jordan on October 08, 2013 in Techniques » Techniques
Tarp camping is tricky enough. Couple that with unstable ground and strong winds and that perfect campsite can quickly become a nightmare. Learn all the tricks to stay dry and happy.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 1

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By Eric Vann on October 07, 2014 in Articles » Features
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports.

Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows

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By Ryan Jordan on October 01, 2014 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Neck problems? Back problems? An ultralight inflatable pillow may be an ideal solution, but don't dive in head first. Read this first to see which ultralight pillows are the best.

M Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf

1 New Comments This Week
By Ryan Jordan on August 26, 2014 in Places » Trip Reports
Featuring the author's live journals as well as a detailed assessment of trekking gear used on the trip.

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M RapidPure Filters Review

80 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on September 23, 2014 in Gear » Reviews
Some filters leave a bad taste while others do an insufficient job of treating the water. The RapidPure filter changes the game and pushes the boundaries of water treatment.

Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows

33 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on October 01, 2014 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Neck problems? Back problems? An ultralight inflatable pillow may be an ideal solution, but don't dive in head first. Read this first to see which ultralight pillows are the best.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 4 - Lessons Learnt

22 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on September 10, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
About 110 people bought the custom stove and served as beta testers. Their feedback highlighted some of the benefits and bugs of the stove.

Flash Reviews No. 2: Deuce of Spades, Helinox Ground Chair, and Vargo vs. MSR Pot Lifters

12 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on October 14, 2014 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 1

12 New Comments This Month
By Eric Vann on October 07, 2014 in Articles » Features
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports.

M Pockets for Hyperlite Mountain Gear Packs

11 New Comments This Month
By Darin Banner on September 23, 2014 in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Make your own lightweight and effective side pockets for HMG porter.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 16

9 New Comments This Month
By Damien and Renee Tougas on October 01, 2014 in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

M New Balance 889 Multisport Review

6 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on April 02, 2013 in Gear » Reviews
These new trail shoes have gone the way of the Vibram sole. How does this development affect performance?

M Packrafting the Smith River Canyon

6 New Comments This Month
By Ryan Jordan on October 07, 2014 in Places » Photo Essays
Eight packrafters spend four days floating sixty miles in one of Montana's most remote and inaccessible river canyons.

M New Balance Leadville MT1210 Runners Review

4 New Comments This Month
By Roger Caffin on September 10, 2013 in Gear » Reviews
The Leadville Runners are light and we mean really lightweight. But don't worry you won't have to sacrifice comfort or stability as you conquer the outdoors.

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Ultralight Tip of the Week

431 Comments
By Mike Clelland! on January 13, 2012 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Rotating feature with tips and illustrations from Mike Clelland!'s new book: Ultralight Backpackin' Tips

M Cottage Stagnation and Recent Gems

270 Comments
By Ryan Jordan on December 27, 2011 in Trends » Commentary
Commentary on the (lack of) gear you can love from the cottage industry.

M The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3

233 Comments
By Roger Caffin on July 16, 2013 in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007.

Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar Shelter Review

166 Comments
By Ryan Jordan on January 24, 2012 in Gear » Reviews
Simplicity and strength in an all-season shelter.

M Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Part 1: Definition and Pitching

142 Comments
By Roger Caffin on April 10, 2012 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
How tunnel tents work, why they can handle extreme weather, and how to pitch them under extreme conditions.

M Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1C: Main Bag & Comfort

141 Comments
By Roger Caffin on September 14, 2010 in Gear » State of the Market Reports
We survey lightweight internal frame packs with a maximum weight of 1.6 kg (3.5 lb) and a volume generally in the range 50 L to 75 L.

M Lighten Your Heaviest Gear: You!

137 Comments
By Jeremy Pendrey on December 15, 2009 in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
As lightweight backpackers, we obsess over the weight of every piece of gear we carry, but many of us give little thought to the weight of the heaviest piece of gear of all: ourselves. How do we begin to treat our own weight with the same care that we treat the weight of our gear? By doing what we already do well: going light.

Podcast: Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?

126 Comments
By Carol Crooker on April 11, 2007 in Trends » Podcasts
Senior NOLS instructors discuss the major hurdles to NOLS going light and propose solutions.

M How Safe Is Your Food? Investigating the effectiveness of odor-proof bags

116 Comments
By Ari Jutkowitz VMD, DACVECC on April 10, 2013 in Technology » Test Reports
How do supposedly "odor proof" plastic bags for backpacking hold up to the keen nose of a Police K9?