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

Via Alpina: Not Another Walk in the Woods

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By Brandon Wilson | on January 04, 2011 | in Places » Notes from the Field
Designed as a European cultural itinerary traversing the continent along the backbone of the Alps, you can experience jaw-dropping Alpine beauty, culture, nature, ecology, history and cuisine in whatever region you like!

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.

Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review

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By David Chenault | on December 13, 2011 | in Gear » Reviews
For fast, easy over-snow travel, combine the traits of a snowshoe and those of a ski. A short, fat ski would keep the maneuverability, packability and hopefully light weight of a snowshoe as well as the glide and easy trail breaking of a ski. How well does this theory play out in reality?

Ultralight Tip of the Week

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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

Lightweight Rainwear 2008: Current Favorites, New Introductions, and New Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

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By Will Rietveld | on August 12, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Associate Editor Will Rietveld provides an in-depth roundup of lightweight rainwear options and highlights current staff favorites, new products in the pipeline, market trends, and a new technology that could dramatically change the waterproof-breathable apparel market.

Backpacking versus Thru-hiking

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By Francis Tapon | on September 20, 2011 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Thru-hiking is not simply a longer version of a backpacking trip. Considering thru-hiking a long trail? Make sure you know what you're getting into and set yourself up for success.

REI Cruise UL 60 Backpack REVIEW

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By Will Rietveld | on September 19, 2007 | in Gear » Reviews
A well designed and capable lightweight internal frame backpack from REI with a great feature set, and it’s an excellent value!

Jiva Coffee Cubes

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By Roger Caffin | on May 13, 2014 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Perhaps a bit more exotic than your traditional black coffee, Jiva Coffee Cubes simplify the process of coffee making and are a viable option for backcountry coffee making.

Winter ISPO 2011: Day 1 - International Delights

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By Danny Milks & Kristin Tennessen | on February 06, 2011 | in Trends » Trend Reports
In Backpacking Light's first ever coverage of this massive trade show, we're highlighting the innovations not generally available stateside.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo Ultralight Modular Shelter System Review

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By Will Rietveld | on January 11, 2011 | in Gear » Reviews
These Cuben Fiber shelter systems are among the lightest out there, consisting of a tarp, mesh insert, and front beak and providing five useful shelter options!


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