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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

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9

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By Eric Vann | on February 04, 2015 | in Trends » Media Reviews
Backpacking Light has scoured the web and will now bring you salient backpacking news stories, gear releases, and trip reports.

M Food Planning Using Pounds Per Person Per Day

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By Mike Clelland! with editorial assistance from Mike Martin & Addie Bedford | on March 01, 2011 | in Techniques » Techniques & Best Practices
Calculating how much food to take on a trip? My goal is to be perfectly satisfied during my time in the backcountry, but to walk out of the mountains with absolutely ZERO food. It is so gratifying to eat that last raisin on the last mile of the last day. If I can do that, the math worked out perfectly.

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent Review

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By Ray Estrella | on December 15, 2009 | in Gear » Reviews
Big Agnes raises the bar for two-person double-wall tents by creating their lightest offering ever. In fact, it is the lightest tent in this category from any manufacturer. Will it Fly high, or leave us up a Creek?

Backpacking: Baby on Board

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By Nick Meynen | on November 10, 2009 | in Techniques » Techniques
Hiking through the French Pyrenees is challenging for any young couple hoping to enjoy some relaxation and romance in between climbing passes and breaking camp. The afternoon heat - often ending in a violent thunderstorm - brings more than one overloaded backpacker to boiling point. Now enter a six-kilo, breast-fed, three-month-old baby. Great family trip or a bad idea?

Backpacking Tights - Part 1

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By Damien Tougas | on August 13, 2013 | in Gear » SpotLite Reviews
Tights are a very versatile backpacking tool. Their close fit keeps you warm and quickly wicks away moisture.

Rab Microlight Jacket Review

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By Will Rietveld | on November 03, 2009 | in Gear » Reviews
Trim-fitting ultralight three-season down jacket with a great shell and basic feature set, but its numerous horizontal seams allow down fragments to leak out.

Patagonia Ultralight Down Shirt Review

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By Will Rietveld | on September 13, 2011 | in Gear » Reviews
Patagonia introduces the lightest down jacket to be found. We now have four good contenders for an ultralight down jacket shootout; which one will come out on top?

Lightweight Backpacking, Wal-Mart Style

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By Benjamin Roode | on December 07, 2010 | in Trends » Commentary
I love gear, but I hate paying for it. Could I get a lightweight shelter, pack, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad for under $100? And if I could... how long would it last me?

GoLite Ultra-Lite Poncho/Tarp REVIEW

By Will Rietveld | on October 25, 2005 | in Gear » Reviews
Just because Skurka and Coup chose this raingear/shelter for their record-setting thru-hikes, that doesn't mean it will work for you. Here's the scoop on a tough poncho that makes a great shelter but suffers a little in raingear mode.

Mountain Laurel Designs Silnylon Pro Poncho Tarp REVIEW

By Will Rietveld | on January 03, 2006 | in Gear » Reviews
Why use a silnylon poncho/tarp when spinnaker is lighter? The answer may surprise you.


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