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ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only The Care and Feeding of Lindal Valves
by Roger Caffin
Lindal valves are what makes your stove work (or not work). Their proper care can keep your stove running for years. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody review
by David Chenault
For their first ever attempt, Black diamond created a versatile, durable, and waterproof windshirt that raises the bar for ultralight windshirts. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only REI Dash 2 (2-Person, Double Wall) Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
A lightweight, high performance tent great for ultralight backpackers looking for more comfort in the wilderness - most notably couples. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Concerning the Wilderness Serape
by David Chenault
Despite the added weight, a Serape is a versatile piece of backpacking gear that can help manage the sudden weather changes. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Gränsfors-Bruks Mini Hatchet Review
by Ryan Jordan
While not a part of the traditional lightweight backpacker's gear list, a hatchet is a great piece of gear that can bring a unique perspective to fire building and shelter making. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 2
by Ryan Jordan, Mike Martin, and Roger Caffin
A performance review of the Stephenson 2C - the smallest and lightest "climber's" version from the ultralight line of tents from the Stephenson family of New Hampshire. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Lil' Bugout Shelter Review
by David Chenault
An uncommon design transforms the Lil' Bugout into a weather fortress. And it has plenty of space to keep you cozy as you weather the storms. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
by Ryan Jordan
Combining the best of both worlds, AT Nordic ski systems give you comfort, stability, and lightweight as you explore the backcountry. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only New Balance MT910V1 and MT910V1GTX Trail Shoes Review
by Roger Caffin
The flagship of New Balances's 2014 lineup, the MT910s perform well in a myriad of conditions and provide comfort and stability while on the trail. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Shelter Review
by Will Rietveld
With room for sleeping and gear storage as well as a durable construction that can handle a range of weather conditions, the HMG UltaMid is an ideal shelter for lightweight backcountry travel. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Backpackable Wood Stoves: Theory and Ultralight Application
by David Chenault
Backpackable wood stoves will add weight to your pack, but they have many benefits, such as, peace of mind, warmth, and the ability to dry wet gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Paradox Packs Evolution pack system review
by David Chenault
While it may be on the heavy side of ultralight, Paradox has worked hard to make each ounce count succeeding in creating a pack that excels at carrying extremely heavy loads. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Staff Picks
2013 Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
As we close out the year, take a minute and see which gear our staff uses often. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Stephenson 2C Tent Review - Part 1
by Ryan Jordan, Mike Martin, and Roger Caffin
A preview of the Stephenson 2C - the smallest and lightest "climber's" version from the ultralight line of tents from the Stephenson family of New Hampshire. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Peak Design Capture Pro Camera clip
by Roger Caffin
While the camera clip may be useful in some settings, it is not ideal for wilderness travel. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
MontBell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
Although certainly a very dependable jacket, the Plasma seems to be more of a technology statement rather than a high-value jacket. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Backpacking With A Thermometer
by Rex Sanders
A thermometer allows you to establish trends that relate temperature to how you feel while hiking and camping. This can lead to better preparation and execution in the field. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Backpacking With A Voice Recorder
by Rex Sanders
A voice recorder is a great way to reflect on your journey without compromising safety or the experience. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Trail Shoe Review
by Ryan Jordan
The quest for the perfect lightweight backpacking shoe continues. Don't hold your breath. While these shoes are great for most hikes they are less than ideal for seriously demanding trips. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only New Balance Leadville MT1210 Runners Review
by Roger Caffin
The Leadville Runners are light and we mean really lightweight. But don't worry you won't have to sacrifice comfort or stability as you conquer the outdoors. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Ultralight Group Cooking
by Peter Nelson
Going ultralight and cooking for a group can be a real challenge. The "Critter" stand is lightweight and takes the pain out of cooking for a group. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Backpacking Tights - Part 2
by Damien Tougas
Take a more in depth look at the tights best suited for the backcountry. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Tenkara for Backpackers: State of the Market Report - Part 2
by Chris Stewart
Part 1 helped you choose the rod. After reading part 2 you'll be all set with the tackle needed to fish tenkara in the backcountry. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Backpacking Tights - Part 1
by Damien Tougas
Tights are a very versatile backpacking tool. Their close fit keeps you warm and quickly wicks away moisture. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Tenkara for Backpackers: State of the Market Report - Part 1
by Chris Stewart
A look at the best rods to bring into the Backcountry. It may not be what you think. Sometimes the best combination takes into account both the weight and the reach of the rod. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 3
by Roger Caffin
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 2
by Roger Caffin
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 1
by Roger Caffin
Dissatisfied with what was commercially available at the time, the author has been working on the design of a lightweight winter canister stove since 2007. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Ultralight Gaiters: State of the Market Report 2013
by Will Rietveld
Balancing weight and durability, ultralight gaiters are crucial to keeping your feet dry and free from debris. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Part 4b: Gear Reviews (Continued)
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Exped Airmat Pumps Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
An overview of two pumps used to inflate sleeping pads, to relieve your lungs in the backcountry. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Mountain SuperUltraLight Backpacking – Part 4a: Gear Reviews
by Will Rietveld
Adapting SUL for mountain conditions, where frequent weather extremes necessitate more capable gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Rab Xenon and Patagonia UL Down Hoody: Comparison and Long-Term Review
by David Chenault
New and evolving technologies necessitate a reexamination of the conventional wisdom of down versus synthetic fill insulation. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Enlightened Equipment Revelation Review
by Chris Wallace
A well-made quilt that offers high-quality materials, high fill-power down, and excellent loft for an incredible price. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Integral Designs Traverse 2 Review
by Roger Caffin
Tunnel Tents Tutorial and State of the Market Report - Mini Reviews Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only True Lemon and True Lime Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
Bored with water in the backcountry? Need to make hydration more appealing for your group? Add some flavor to your water, and vanquish any fear of dehydration or scurvy. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only New Balance 889 Multisport Review
by Roger Caffin
These new trail shoes have gone the way of the Vibram sole. How does this development affect performance? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only SOTMR: Two-way Satellite Communications for Backpacking: Part 3: Satellite Texting
by Rex Sanders
Part 3 in our series on satellite communications focuses on the currently available two-way texting devices suitable for lightweight backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only SOTMR: Two-way Satellite Communications for Backpacking: Part 2 - Satellite Phones
by Rex Sanders
Part 2 in our 3 part series on satellite communications focuses on the currently available sat phones suitable for lightweight backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
SOTMR: Two-way Satellite Communications for Backpacking: Part 1 - Introduction
by Rex Sanders
Part 1 in our 3 part series on two-way satellite communications for lightweight backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Mountain Hardwear SuperMegaUL 2 Review
by Brad Groves
Mainstream manufacturers are catching on, and competition in the ~2lb tent range is fierce. The SuperMegaUL2 is a brilliant addition to this growing field. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Mountain Hardwear Speed 32 Sleeping Bag Review
by Brad Groves
A predominantly well engineered sleeping bag that suffers from a small, yet serious design flaw. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Deuter ACTLite 40+10 Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
SpotLite Review of Deuter's new clean, yet multi-featured pack - perfect for thru-hiking in the Alps. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Easton UL Carbon 3 Trekking Poles Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
How do these 3-section poles hold up to the rigors of thru-hiking? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Ibex Clothing Review
by Brad Groves
A merino wool layering system to keep you dry and comfortable on cool summer nights. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Sierra Designs Cloud 15 Review
by Brad Groves
A 29 oz sleeping bag featuring vertical baffles and Insotect technology... is it worth the weight? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Westcomb Focus LT Hoody Review
by Ryan Jordan
Superb fit and finish, high breathability, and nice mix of features, but durability insurance doesn't come with the $280 price tag - and at 9 oz, is it light enough? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter 4400 Backpack Review
by Ryan Jordan and Chris Wallace
Durable lightweight packs that can carry a larger volume (and higher weight) expedition kit. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Alpacka Stowaway Dry Suit Review
by Ryan Jordan
A 22-ounce waterproof dry suit designed for packrafters with an eye towards saving weight and bulk on longer expeditions. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only How Packs Work
by David Chenault
The evolution of the frameless backpack and an analysis of current technology and features of four lightweight packs: the Golite Jam, Mountain Hardwear Thruway, Black Diamond Demon, and the authors MYOG Black and White pack. Read More...

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