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Hall of Fame Features

The following list features Backpacking Light's "Hall of Fame" - the highest traffic articles ever published at BPL - a great place to start reading for new visitors and subscribers!

Today's Most Popular Gear Reviews & Articles

ISPO 2015: Part 2

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By Matthew Pullan | on March 24, 2015 | in Gear » Reviews
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand.

M Lake Superior Coastal Trail Adventure

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By Leanne Hennessy | on March 24, 2015 | in Places » Trip Reports
The Superior Coastal trail offers stunning views of Lake Superior that for this duo of hikers symbolized a shared spiritual transformation that cannot be erased.

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 12

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By Eric Vann | on March 18, 2015 | in Trends » Media Reviews
News this week: Steger's Solo Winter Traverse through the Boundary Waters, the 235-mile Trans-Adirondack Route, ISPO 2015, and more!

M New Balance Leadville MT1210 Runners version 2 Spotlight Review

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By Roger Caffin | on March 18, 2015 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Very similar to the first version, these lightweight shoes perform well for trail running or hiking.

ISPO 2015

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By Matthew Pullan | on March 11, 2015 | in Gear » Reviews
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand.

Effectively Using Hiking Poles: The Gas-Brake-Coast Method

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By Skip Spitzer | on October 11, 2011 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Poking poles around for added stability is fairly intuitive, but the full promise of two more legs - greater endurance, building upper body strength, and reducing injury from stress or falls - requires some technique. Try Skip's straightforward and effective approach!

2005 Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest Entries

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By BPL Staff | on December 15, 2005 | in Techniques » Techniques
Reader submissions of spreadsheet files used for trip planning and gear lists.

Vaude Cross Ultralight 35 Backpack REVIEW

By Will Rietveld | on January 10, 2006 | in Gear » Reviews
For those with short torsos, this is a lightweight and durable pack, with some clever design features.

Comfort and Moisture Transport in Lightweight Wool and Synthetic Base Layers

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on July 25, 2006 | in Technology » Test Reports
An in-depth comparison of the properties of wool and synthetic fabric for base layers yielded some surprising results.

What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 1

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By Tad Englund | on February 14, 2012 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
The Lightweight Lesson, Essentials, Backpack, Sleeping Bag and Pad, Personal Kit. Basic training for the beginner and/or young backpacker, with a focus on Scouts.


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