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ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 14
by Jonathan Davis
MetroWild Rolling Luggage/Backpack, Outdoor Research 27 L Drycomp Summit Sack, Kestrel Knives Ti-Backpacker. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 13
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 13: Trail Designs Toaks 850ml Ti Pot + Fissure Ti-Tri Bundle, Fenix EO5 Keychain Flashlight, Discovery Trekking Outfitters Ultralight Towel. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 12
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 12: Backpacker’s Pantry Organic Yakisoba Noodles, All-Ett SoftTech Nylon Wallet, MyCharge Portable Device Charger. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Little Red Wagon GEO: Craft Coffee for Backpackers (Review)
by Ryan Jordan
GEO is a single-serve, disposable pourover filter containing freshly roasted artisan coffee. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 11
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 11: Potable Aqua Pure- Electrolytic Water Purifier, Stio Men's Divide Tech Tee, and Hanz Waterproof Socks. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 10
by Jonathan Davis and Ryan Jordan
Flash Reviews No. 10: La Sportiva Helios SR, Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System, Nalgene Flask Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 9
by Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 9: MSR Aquatabs, WoolX Men's Lightweight T-Shirt, Thrunite Ti-3. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 8
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 8: Paleo Meals To Go, Good Wipes, and Lite Trail NyloPro Bags. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Sunrei Headlamp Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
A versatile headlamp with an innovative design that fulfills your needs without adding significant weight to your pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 7
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 7: Kestrel Knives Ultralighter, Eddie Bauer Men's Quantum T, Survive Outdoors Longer Pocket Survival Pak Plus. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 6
by Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 6: Fenix HL23 Headlamp, MSR Windboiler Stove, Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Poles. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 5
by Ryan Jordan and Jonathan Davis
Flash Reviews No. 5: Excalibur Dehydrator #3526TCDB, Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze, LuminAid PackLite 16 Version 2 Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only ISPO 2015: Part 3
by Matthew Pullan
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Guide's Gear features products used by BPL's WTS guides that have withstood the test of time by demonstrating exceptional performance, durability, weight, and value. Guide's Gear No. 1 goes to the Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack for offering more features than any other two pound pack on the market. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Iridium GO! First Look
by Alan Dixon
The Iridium GO! gives you access to technology even in remote locations by creating a backcountry WiFi hotspot for multiple smartphones. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
ISPO 2015: Part 2
by Matthew Pullan
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only New Balance Leadville MT1210 Runners version 2 Spotlight Review
by Roger Caffin
Very similar to the first version, these lightweight shoes perform well for trail running or hiking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
ISPO 2015
by Matthew Pullan
ISPO brings the top outdoor retailers together and gives us an opportunity to evaluate their gear firsthand. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Backcountry Brews
by Paul Magnanti
Still not great as the real deal, Pat's Backcountry Brewery is a nice lightweight option to enjoy some beer in the backcountry. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Candle Stoves
by Russell Lawson (with minor assistance from Roger Caffin)
The quest for the best ultralight stove continues...and it depends on how you define the "best". What the Candle stove lacks in for speed it certainly makes up for in efficiency. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 5: Infra-Red testing
by Roger Caffin and John Linn
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. This installment focuses on infra-red testing. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only BRS-3000T stove Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
A very inexpensive yet lightweight and effective stove. Works great for small-group, overnight cooking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Steripen Classic 3: Spotlite Review
by Roger Caffin
SteriPEN has heeded our pleas and its newest model continues to offer great water treatment while getting rid of some of the bugs from previous models. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 4
by Ryan Jordan
Technology is revolutionizing our sport. Here are some products pushing the envelope: Sonim XP7 Ultra-Rugged Smartphone; Fenix HL22 Single-AA Headlamp; and Casio Pathfinder PRG-270 Watch. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Staff Picks
2014 Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light's staff is some of the most passionate backpackers around. Take a look at the ultralight gear we use and treasure. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Rab Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket review
by Dave Chenault (photos by Meredith Chenault)
The Rab Vapour-rise Light Alpine is an extremely well designed windshirt, but when compared with other similar weighted windshirts the value is tough to see. However when compared with other soft shells it quickly becomes irreplaceable. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Gear Lists
Winter Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): Ultralight Winter Snowcave Camping
by Ryan Jordan
A lightweight approach to traveling light in the winter on snowshoes. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Berghaus Vapourlight Hypertherm FZ Jacket Review
by Will Rietveld
The Vapourlight Hypertherm Jacket is an incredibly versatile jacket which can be worn in reverse to accommodate multiple weather conditions. It is ideal for a hiker who wants to leverage one piece of gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Vertex Solid Fuel Stove Review
by Ryan Jordan
A solid fuel/alcohol stove that folds flat for storage and assembles into a rock-solid structure for stable cooking. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Flash Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 3
by Ryan Jordan
Introductory reviews of the Sil-Dripper Coffee Brewer, the Elemental Horizons Pocket, and the Klymit Motion 35 Pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Flash Reviews No. 2: Deuce of Spades, Helinox Ground Chair, and Vargo vs. MSR Pot Lifters
by Ryan Jordan
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
by Ryan Jordan
Neck problems? Back problems? An ultralight inflatable pillow may be an ideal solution, but don't dive in head first. Read this first to see which ultralight pillows are the best. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only RapidPure Filters Review
by Roger Caffin
Some filters leave a bad taste while others do an insufficient job of treating the water. The RapidPure filter changes the game and pushes the boundaries of water treatment. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Flash Reviews (No. 1): ZPacks Challenger Raingear, JepPaks Custom Packs, Zebralight H52Fw Headlamp
by Ryan Jordan
Introductory reviews of noteworthy lightweight gear new to the author. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Review of Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes by John Vonhof
by Darin Banner
A very well-written book that is recommended for anyone interested in learning the best ways to take care of their feet. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only The Evolution of a Winter Stove - Part 4 - Lessons Learnt
by Roger Caffin
About 110 people bought the custom stove and served as beta testers. Their feedback highlighted some of the benefits and bugs of the stove. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Members Only Paramo Bora Fleece & Windproof Smock Combo
by Matthew Pullan
The Bora Smock is certainly not at the pinnacle of ultralight gear, nevertheless it is a versatile piece of clothing that maintains breathability while offering warmth and excellent waterproofing. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
Members Only Gear Guide: Packrafts
by Ryan Jordan
Review the current offerings in the packraft market and find out which boats are most appropriate for a variety of purposes including alpine lake fishing, incidental river crossings, flatwater boating, expedition packrafting, and whitewater paddling. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Jetboil Joule Review - Part 1, Overview
by Ryan Jordan
The Jetboil Joule is a high-volume cooking system that performs very well in ambient conditions; however more testing in cold conditions is needed to asses its overall performance. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Deejo UL Knives
by Roger Caffin
A very lightweight and practical backcountry knife. Useful for food prep with good hardness for its price. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Exped Lightning 60 Review
by Luke Schmidt
Due to a robust internal frame, this pack not only excels at carrying either heavy or light loads, but it's also rather comfortable and lightweight. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear SpotLite Reviews
Jiva Coffee Cubes
by Roger Caffin
Perhaps a bit more exotic than your traditional black coffee, Jiva Coffee Cubes simplify the process of coffee making and are a viable option for backcountry coffee making. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Members Only Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Soul Bivy Review
by Ryan Jordan
While not commonly found in most hiker's packs, the lightweight and superior construction of this bivy offers good value for a bivy that occupies a narrow market niche occupied by very few products. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear Reviews
Freestanding Double Wall Tents - A Cursory Review of 1P/2P Offerings from Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, and Nemo
by Sean McDevitt
Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters. 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...

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