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ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
2001 Raingear Roundup Review Summary
by the Product Review Staff
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ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only 2004 Raingear Review and Gear Guide Overview
by Alan Dixon
Gateway page to BackpackingLight.com's 2004 rainwear reviews and rainwear gear guide. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2005 GoLite Wisp Wind Shirt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Ryan Jordan
Only 2.8 ounces, fits well, but limited utility. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only 2005 High Loft Synthetic (Belay) Jackets REVIEW SUMMARY and GEAR GUIDE OVERVIEW
by Don Wilson
Comprehensive review of high loft synthetic insulated jackets (belay type) used for backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only 2005 Lightweight Down Jackets Review Summary and Gear Guide Overview
by Don Wilson
We rate and compare the lightest down jackets on the market based on our measurements and their performance in the field. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only 2005 Lightweight Rainwear Review Summary and Gear Guide Overview
by Don Wilson
Woven waterproof/breathable rainwear weights are dropping as technology improves. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better “Down to Earth” Pad Converter SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Converts any Jacks ‘R’ Better quilt into a top bag sleep system with an attached sleeping pad. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better Nest Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A well-designed under quilt that integrates beautifully with Hennessy hammocks. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2006 Jacks ‘R’ Better Old Rag Mtn Quilt SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A versatile cold weather quilt that can be used in a cold weather hammock system as well as for “ground sleeping”. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2006 Osprey Aether 60 Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
What a conundrum! The upgraded pack has some great improvements, and is now an outstanding value, but (darn it) it's also heavier. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
2006 Unconventional Sleep Systems Manifesto
by Ryan Jordan (Author) and Mike Clelland! (Illustrator)
A Comprehensive Primer and Market Analysis of Top Bags, Quilts, and Wearable Systems Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Poles REVIEW
by Ken Knight
These three section carbon fiber trekking poles are sturdy and stiff and are light in your hands AND on your budget. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2007 Birdiepal Umbrellas SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
For those that love umbrellas, Birdiepal brollies are the lightest available- and they are durable enough to survive the backcountry. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Black Diamond Enduro CF Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Matt Eckhart
These poles use a mix of aluminum and carbon shafts with unique FlickLock adjustments and are solid performers for four season use. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Deuter KangaKid Child Carrier REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
A lightweight internal frame child carrier that compacts for use as a day pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2007 Feathered Friends Grouse Sleeping Bag SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug and Amy Johnson
A women-specific bag that’s properly sized for a women’s body and uses an ultralight Schoeller NanoSphere shell. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Hennessy Hyperlight Backpacker A-Sym Hammock REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
The Hennessy Hyperlight Backpacker A-Sym hammock is a refined backpacking hammock that incorporates full rain and bug protection, and has a convenient entry/exit system. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Jacks 'R' Better “Down to Earth” Pad Converter REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
The Jacks ‘R’ Better Down to Earth Pad Converter converts any JRB quilt, including the No Sniveller, into a top bag system. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Jacks ‘R’ Better Nest Down Under Quilt REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A lightweight down hammock under-quilt designed for a Hennessy hammock that still allows for easy bottom entry. It can also be used as a top quilt or as a top bag. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Jacks ‘R’ Better Old Rag Mtn Down Quilt REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A cold weather quilt that can be used in a cold weather hammock system, as a quilt for ground sleeping, or as a winter overbag. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2007 Jacks 'R' Better SilNyl Tarp SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
A tarp that is larger than a stock hammock tarp and extends coverage for wet, cold, and snowy conditions. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Montane eVENT Quick-Fire Jacket REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
The Montane eVENT Quick-Fire Jacket offers great features such as a full coverage hood, drop tail, excellent sizing, dual vent pockets, and super-breathable eVENT fabric, all at a lightweight 11.9 ounces (size large). Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Rab Summit Extreme Tent REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Based on the previous Outdoor Designs tent, the Rab Summit Extreme is a rare eVENT tent that provides the ultimate in single wall breathability. It is built to handle the most extreme alpine environments and has few peers in its extreme mountaineering niche. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2007 Sherpani Rumba Superlight Child Carrier REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Ultralight by child carrier standards, the Sherpani Rumba Superlight child carrier offers advanced features and a comfortable ride. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
2007 Sierra Designs Isotope Rainwear SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Isotope is the current lightweight champ for backpacking rainwear – and it’s full-featured! Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
2008 LuxuryLite Big Survival Stik Walking Staff REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
This is a modern version of the traditional hardwood walking staff. Made of carbon fiber, it is much stronger and more robust than even the stiffest of trekking poles. It has an adjustable hand strap, breaks down into sections, and can even be converted into a “trail defense system". 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 Gear Lists
24-Hour Gear Lists
by the BackpackingLight.com Readership
See the winners of our recent contest and download a zip file of all the submissions. Use your favorite to plan YOUR next trip! Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Aarn Bodypacks Featherlite Freedom Internal Frame Backpack REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Big loads carry well and redefine what it means to control your center of gravity. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Aarn Liquid Agility Backpack REVIEW
by Ryan Jordan
Dynamic suspension and a unique redistribution of weight breaks the industry mold in backpack suspension design. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
A Custom Backpack – Designed by You
by Will Rietveld
I worked with R2 Packs to design and build my dream pack, and report on my experience. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Adapt Gear Bison Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
This fixed-length carbon fiber trekking pole is not as elegant or lightweight as our top choice Gossamer Gear Lightrek pole, but it’s a strong performer and is the value champ at only $72/pair. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Advanced Mountain Products Alumilite Stove Set Alcohol Stove REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Product performance review of the Advanced Mountain Products Alumilite Stove Set Alcohol Stove, a lightweight alcohol stove for backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Adventure Medical Kits Mylar Emergency Sleeping Bag
by the Product Review Staff
Adventure Medical Kits Mylar Emergency Sleeping Bag Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Adventure Medical Kits Thermo-Lite Bivy Sack
by the Product Review Staff
Adventure Medical Kits Thermo-Lite Bivy Sack Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Alcohol Stoves REVIEW SUMMARY and GEAR GUIDE OVERVIEW
by Will Rietveld
Comprehensive review of lightweight alcohol stoves used for backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Gear Lists
Members Only A Lightweight Guide to Backpacking in Sustained, Cold Rain
by Alan Dixon
Techniques, gear and clothing to keep your pack light and a smile on your face during continuous days of rain. 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 Reviews
Alpacka Ultralight Paddle Review
by Ryan Jordan
A packrafting paddle is not a particularly special thing. It’s simply a kayak paddle, capable of being broken down into two or four pieces for easy stowage while inside or attached to a pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Pole REVIEW
by Doug Johnson
Stiff, lightweight, and reasonably priced, the Alpkit Carbonlite poles are the carbon trekking pole value leaders. How did they stand up to months of abuse? Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Altai Skis: The Hok Ski and X-Trace Universal Binding Review
by David Chenault
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? 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
Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Book Review
by Luke Schmidt
Are You an Ultimate Hiker? Andy Skurka’s approach to backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
AntiGravityGear Mama’s Kitchen Deluxe Set Alcohol Stove REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Product performance review of the AntiGravityGear Mama’s Kitchen Deluxe Set Alcohol Stove, a lightweight alcohol stove for backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
AntiGravityGear O2 Tent Review
by Will Rietveld
This new single wall tent provides convenience and ventilation, plus loads of room for one person and gear and can accommodate two people when needed. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
AntiGravityGear Pot Cozy REVIEW
by Jay Ham
Product performance review of AntiGravityGear Pot Cozy including comparison data on how long contents stay warm in a pot with and without a Cozy in freezing and room temperature conditions. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
AntiGravityGear TarpTent REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
With over 38 square feet of floor area, this single person tent has the highest area to weight ratio in its class (single wall shelter with floor), but it has a few flaws. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
AntiGravityGear TreeLine SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Will Rietveld
One-ounce bear hang using flat weave Spectra cord that easily glides over a tree limb. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
AntiGravityGear Universal Alcohol Stove Accessory Pack SPOTLITE REVIEW
by Marty Coatney
The primer pan is the darling of this set. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Arc'Teryx Alpha Comp
by the Product Review Staff
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