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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

Osprey Exos 46 and Osprey Exos 58 Packs

By Roger Caffin | on September 28, 2010 | in Gear » Reviews
Mini-review for the 2010 State of the Market Report on Internal Frame Backpacks.

Boy Scout Gear List: New Scouts, Three-Season

By Doug Prosser | on June 07, 2005 | in Gear » Gear Lists
New Boy Scouts (and your parents!), take note: going light will leave your patrol leaders in the dust and there will be money left over from your paper route.

Vaseline-soaked Cotton Balls

By Georgieann Lilgreen | on February 12, 2014 | in Techniques » Make Your Own Gear
Vaseline fire starters are a very versatile tool and can light a fire in almost any weather condition. Better yet, you can make them from very inexpensive materials from the comfort of your own home.

In Memoriam: Blake Morstad - 1980 - 2005

By Ryan Jordan | on January 04, 2005 | in Trends » Commentary Staff Member dies in avalanche in Montana's Centennial Mountains.

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Downlight Sweater Review

By Will Rietveld | on March 02, 2010 | in Gear » Reviews
This jacket really rocks - an excellent balance of light weight, basic features, warmth, wind and water resistance, and cost.

M Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 20

By Damien and Renee Tougas | on December 09, 2014 |
Follow the story of a family of five as they backpack over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine.

Nutritional Considerations for Cold Weather Hiking

By Brenda Braaten | on June 25, 2001 | in Techniques » Techniques
Nutritional Considerations for Cold Weather Hiking

Lightweight Shelter Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)

By Will Rietveld | on September 09, 2008 | in Trends » Outdoor Retailer News
Our latest lightweight shelter roundup turns up the lightest, most user-friendly tents to be found, ever. Major manufacturers are introducing sub-four-pound double wall two-person tents. And two two-person double wall tents break through the three pound barrier.

GSI Outdoors nFORM Ultralight Nesting Bowl and Mug Set Review

By Roger Caffin | on January 13, 2009 | in Gear » Reviews
Two nesting bowls, strong polypropylene, ~20 fluid ounces capacity each, about 1.5 ounces weight each and US$8.95 for the set: they can't be too bad!

M Midlayer Technology: Patagonia Capilene 4 v. Mountain Hardwear Desna Hoody

By David Chenault | on January 08, 2013 | in Technology » Test Reports
This winter, increase the versatility of your other layers by adding a midlayer. An overview of two notable options, and discussion of current fabric tech.

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