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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

M Solo across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Brooks Range, Alaska

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By J├Ârgen Johansson | on April 22, 2015 | in Places » Expeditions
A solo, multi-week expedition along the Brooks Range proves to be mentally and physically challenging as the author faced uncertain conditions and rugged terrain.

Flash Reviews No. 5

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By Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Davis | on April 22, 2015 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 5: Excalibur Dehydrator #3526TCDB, Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze, LuminAid PackLite 16 Version 2

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 14

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By Jonathan Davis and Eric Vann | on April 15, 2015 |
News this week: The U.S. Senate votes yes on SA 838, Eric Barone becomes the fastest man on a mountain bike, YouTube opens 360 video uploading, an off-trail route in King's Canyon, Exped Lightning Review, and much more!

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.

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.

2014 Staff Picks

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By BackpackingLight.com Staff | on January 01, 2015 | in Gear » Staff Picks
Backpacking Light's staff is some of the most passionate backpackers around. Take a look at the ultralight gear we use and treasure.

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!

Frequently Asked Questions About Lightweight Canister Stoves and Fuels

By Will Rietveld | on February 08, 2005 | in Techniques » Techniques

Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack

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By BackpackingLight.com Staff | on April 07, 2015 | in Gear » Reviews
Guide's Gear features products used by BPL's WTS guides that have withstood the test of time by demonstrating exceptional performance, durability, weight, and value. Guide's Gear No. 1 goes to the Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack for offering more features than any other two pound pack on the market.

M ISPO 2015: Part 3

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By Matthew Pullan | on April 15, 2015 | in Gear » Reviews
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand.


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