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

M MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions

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By David Chenault | on July 30, 2014 | in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Making your own gear is a frustrating and expensive yet very rewarding process. Making your own pack allows you to tailor it to your needs and is a fantastic way to learn about gear.

M Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware

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By Matthew Morrissey | on July 30, 2014 | in Technology » Research Reviews
As customers of the outdoor industry we want to know which gear works the best. Using open source hardware is a great way to evaluate our gear choices.

M Gear Guide: Packrafts

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By Ryan Jordan | on July 22, 2014 | in Gear » State of the Market Reports
Review the current offerings in the packraft market and find out which boats are most appropriate for a variety of purposes including alpine lake fishing, incidental river crossings, flatwater boating, expedition packrafting, and whitewater paddling.

M The Updated Foot-Care Kit

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By Darin Banner | on July 22, 2014 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
While moleskin still is an effective means to treating hot spots and blisters, new technology is emerging that is far more effective at treating sore feet.

Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): 3-Season, 3-Day

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By Ryan Jordan | on October 11, 2011 | in Gear » Gear Lists
An example of what a lightweight backpacker might take on a 3-day outing.

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!

Lightweight Backpacking 101: An Introductory Manual for Lightening Your Load Today (1st Edition - August 2001)

By Ryan Jordan, Alan Dixon, George Cole, Lee Van Horn, Dave Schultz, and Rick Dreher | on August 27, 2001 | in Techniques » Techniques
Lightweight Backpacking 101: An Introductory Manual for Lightening Your Load Today (1st Edition - August 2001)

Bear Bag Hanging Techniques

By Ryan Jordan | on May 30, 2004 | in Techniques » Techniques
A brief review of bear bag hanging techniques with a focus on minimizing weight and maximizing simplicity.

Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview

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By Ryan Jordan | on July 15, 2014 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
The Jetboil Joule is a high-volume cooking system that performs very well in ambient conditions; however more testing in cold conditions is needed to asses its overall performance.

M How One High Sierra Trip Turned Into Permanent Nomadic Travel

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By Brock Delinski | on July 08, 2014 | in Places » Trip Reports
Getting outdoors often makes all the difference, and a long expedition can go a long way to transforming your life.


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