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 The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack

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By David Chenault | on April 01, 2014 | in Trends » Commentary
From humble beginnings to the sophisticated and lightweight packs, the ultralight backpack is a tale filled with adaptation and pushing the balance of weight and features.

M REI Dash 2 (2-Person, Double Wall) Tent Review

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By Will Rietveld | on April 01, 2014 | in Gear » Reviews
A lightweight, high performance tent great for ultralight backpackers looking for more comfort in the wilderness - most notably couples.

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 First Aid Kits for Hiking

By Bill Thorneloe | on June 25, 2001 | in Techniques » Techniques
Lightweight First Aid Kits for Hiking

MontBell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket Review

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By Will Rietveld | on November 05, 2013 | in Gear » Reviews
Although certainly a very dependable jacket, the Plasma seems to be more of a technology statement rather than a high-value jacket.

What a Beginner Needs for Backpacking: Part 2

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By Tad Englund | on February 21, 2012 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Clothing, Footwear, Group Gear (Water Treatment, Stoves and Fuel, Shelter). Basic training for the beginner and/or young backpacker, with a focus on Scouts.

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.

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.

Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers

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By Ryan Jordan | on March 11, 2014 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
This article identifies the first steps on a path to packrafting competence for those specifically interested in actually carrying their raft on their back into remote environments!

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.


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