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

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?

Frequently Asked Questions About Lightweight Canister Stoves and Fuels

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

Unseen Africa: Francis Tapon’s Four Year Journey Circumnavigating Africa

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By Ryan Jordan | on June 17, 2014 | in People » Interviews
Taking an ultralight mindset to Africa requires an adjustment, but the lessons learned and the experiences had in Africa are rarely matched.

M Packrafting the Smith River Canyon

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By Ryan Jordan | on October 07, 2014 | in Places » Photo Essays
Eight packrafters spend four days floating sixty miles in one of Montana's most remote and inaccessible river canyons.

Freestanding Double Wall Tents - A Cursory Review of 1P/2P Offerings from Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, and Nemo

By Sean McDevitt | on April 15, 2014 | in Gear » Reviews
Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters.

Lightweight Pertex Shield Rainwear Hitting the Market (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)

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By Will Rietveld | on August 04, 2009 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Pertex Shield rainwear is more breathable than polyurethane laminates and similar in weight and price.

Lightweight Backpacking for Couples

By Alison Simon and Alan Dixon | on September 03, 2003 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices

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!

24-Hour Gear Lists

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By the BackpackingLight.com Readership | on May 10, 2011 | in Gear » Gear Lists
See the winners of our recent contest and download a zip file of all the submissions. Use your favorite to plan YOUR next trip!

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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