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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lightweight Canister Stoves and Fuels

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

Black Diamond Mega Light and Mega Bug Pyramid Tent REVIEW

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By Jay Ham | on May 08, 2007 | in Gear » Reviews
The Mega Light is a solid, well designed pyramid tent, but the weight-conscious should leave the bug liner behind.

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.

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.

Boy Scout Gear List: Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico, Summer

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By Doug Prosser | on April 19, 2006 | in Gear » Gear Lists
Philmont Guidebook to Adventure: "Remember, the key to successful backpacking is to go lightly."

SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker - Full Review

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By Alan Dixon and Roger Caffin, with assistance from the other members of the SPOT testing team: Mike Martin and Steve Nelson. | on May 28, 2008 | in Gear » Reviews
Does this highly anticipated technological breakthrough live up to the hype?

2008 Lightweight Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

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By Will Rietveld | on August 19, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
A primer on choosing footwear for fast and light backpacking, with input from the Backpacking Light staff on the footwear they use; a roundup of promising new lightweight footwear found at the summer 2008 Outdoor Retailer Show; and a description of Ion Mask, a nanotechnology waterproofing process that doesn't affect breathability and could eliminate the need for a waterproof membrane in footwear.

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)

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 17

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By Damien and Renee Tougas | on October 14, 2014 | in People » Profiles
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.


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