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ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2004 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Staff Favorites - Our gear picks from the 2004 hiking and backpacking season. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2005 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by the BackpackingLight.com Staff
Staff Favorites - Our gear picks from the 2005 hiking and backpacking season. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
2005 Trekking Pole Trends: Poles for Women? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Alan Dixon
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ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2006 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by Backpacking Light Staff
An eclectic assortment of favorite gear for 2006. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2007 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by Backpacking Light Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2007 Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2008. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
2008 Lightweight Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
A primer on choosing footwear for fast and light backpacking, with input from the Backpacking Light staff on the footwear they use; a roundup of promising new lightweight footwear found at the summer 2008 Outdoor Retailer Show; and a description of Ion Mask, a nanotechnology waterproofing process that doesn't affect breathability and could eliminate the need for a waterproof membrane in footwear. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2009. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/place of 2010. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2011 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/thingy-dingy of 2011. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by BackpackingLight.com Staff
An eclectic assortment of the staff's favorite gear for 2012. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
3 Pounds, 4 Seasons, 1 Person: Sierra Designs Introduces the Single-Wall Assailant
by Will Rietveld
Bomber one-person, four-season, single wall tent with waterproof/breathable fabric and enough room for gear. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Members Only 45 Miles in 47 Hours: What You Can Do With a Weekend Using Lightweight Backpacking Gear
by Doug Johnson
What can you accomplish in a three-day weekend with lightweight gear? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
About Lightweight Backpacking
by Ryan Jordan
A brief primer on lightweight backpacking. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
About Ultralight Backpacking
by Ryan Jordan
A brief primer on the nature of ultralight backpacking and how to pursue it! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
ABS Avalanche Airbag Backpacks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
Float to the surface of an avalanche and increase your survival chances 10 times. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Accelerade Sports Drinks: Protein-Supplemented Carbohydrate Sports Formulas Could Improve Backpacking Endurance (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Ryan Jordan
Do you use carbo gels or drink mixes while backpacking? Protein-supplemented sports formulas from Accelerade may improve performance and muscle recover over long distances. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
ACR Electronics TerraFix 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) First Looks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2004)
by the Product Review Staff
Smaller and lighter, the ACR TerraFix 406 will garner more attention for its decreased weight and size. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
ACR Enterprises Personal Locator Beacon - the MicroFix
by Ken Knight
The ACR MicroFix Personal Locator Beacon weighs just 10 ounces. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
ACR SARLink 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Alan Dixon
ACR's newest and lightest PLB includes a high performance GPS receiver, 5 Watt 406 MHz distress signal transmission, 121.5 MHz homing capability, and a high intensity LED strobe. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Acumen Hydra-Alert Sports Watch with Fluid Check (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
A watch that reminds you when and how much to drink Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Adventure Medical Kits Rescue Howler (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Adventure Medical Kits Rescue Howler Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight .3 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight .3 Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Affluenza: Fact-Heavy Book Carries a Lightweight Message
by Nicole Chilton
Affluenza, as it is defined by the authors, is “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.” Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing
by Yvon Chouinard
"The lesson that we learn from fishing with a tenkara rod is that we shouldn't fear that a simpler life will be an impoverished life. Rather, simplicity leads to a richer and more satisfying way of fishing - and more importantly, living." - Yvon Choiunard Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
AntiGravityGear Caldera Kitchen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Alan Dixon
Finally a compact Caldera Cone Stove System! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
A One-Person Tent as Light as a Bivy From Big Sky International (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
One-person, single-wall, free-standing, breathable fabric, 28 ounces. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
APA Enterprises Sun UV Monitoring Wristwach (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Monitor the UV Index and predict when you need extra protection Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
A Potpourri of Eye Candy: Day 1 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
A grueling first day at summer 2009 OR rewarded us with loads of lightweight goodies; here's a first installment, with more to come. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Apparel Trends and Highlights
by Ryan Jordan, Alan Dixon, and Alison Simon
Trends and highlights in lightweight apparel from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Appealing Apparel (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Mike Martin and Will Rietveld
Mike Martin and Will Rietveld have the highlights on new apparel from ORSM08. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
AquaStar Plus Ultraviolet Water Treatment (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Water purification through ultraviolet irradiation - a new approach to cleaning our water Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Atlas 13 Series Snowshoes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
New top of the line snowshoe with a carbon fiber foot plate and a binding that clamps to the welt of your boot, eliminating the heel strap. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Atlas Backcountry 24 Snowshoe (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Now this is more like it – a lighter weight backcountry snowshoe from Atlas with a full feature set and good packability. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Atlas Extreme Multi-Sport Gloves (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2006)
by Will Rietveld
Serious hand protection for a variety of outdoor or work activities. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Atsko Sport Wash First Looks (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2004)
by Carol Crooker
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ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
A Virtual Pack (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin, Ryan Jordan, Don Wilson, Craig Mortensen, Alan Dixon, Ken Knight, Steve Nelson, Addie Morstad, Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
The Backpacking Light Outdoor Retailer Team outfits an entire lightweight pack for a long winter weekend using only gear found at the show. Join us throughout the trip for updates as we add gear to our hyper-linked Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Axis Outdoor SmarTube Drinking System
by Will Rietveld
The beauty of the SmarTube is that it enables you to use an ordinary (free) PET water bottle (or other plastic bottle) as a hydration reservoir. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Backpackers Pantry Introduces Cold Rehydrated Meals (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Alan Dixon
Leave the stove at home and still enjoy a freeze dried pasta dinner. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Backpacking Food Taste Test: Entrées (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)
by Ken Knight
Backpacking Light staff tastes - and scores - several backpacking foods from AlpineAire, Backpacker's Pantry, Cache Lakes, and Natural High. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Backpacking Light Editor Receives National Award for Volunteer Efforts
by Carol Crooker
Forest Service award recognizes Will Rietveld and spouse Janet Reichl for Leave No Trace education and research. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Backpacking Light Magazine Announces Discontinuation of Print Version
by Ryan Jordan
Publisher Ryan Jordan recalls moments worth celebrating. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Backpacking Light Position Statement on Sleeping Bag Temperature Ratings
by the BackpackingLight.com Review Staff
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ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Backpacking Light Print vs. Online Magazines: Vision for 2006 and Beyond
by the Editorial Board
A letter to the readers of Backpacking Light Magazine. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Before The Chaos: Open Air Demo (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2006)
by Ken Knight
Before the chaos of the Outdoor Retailer Show we get ready with the Open Air Demo. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Be Prepared, Not Equipped
by Brad Groves
The main reason my pack got lighter was because I realized that being prepared had little to do with the equipment I carried. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Better Bags (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
New sleeping bag designs from Integral Designs, Montbell, Exped, Jacks ‘R’ Better, Mountain Hardwear, and REI show innovative functionality and lighter weight. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Agnes Clearview Air Pad (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)
by Will Rietveld
Finally, a truly lightweight and comfortable inflatable sleeping pad, and it's a great value, but keep some patches handy. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)
by Ray Estrella
While boaters know that there is nothing worse than being up a creek without a paddle, backpackers might find it just as upsetting to be up a Creek without a Fly. Thankfully, the Fly comes with the Creek in Big Agnes' lightest two-person tent ever: the Fly Creek 2. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Big Agnes Lightens Seedhouse SL and Sarvis Tent Lines
by Alan Dixon
Big Agnes makes a few key changes to materials and structure to shave weight off the already light Seedhouse SL and Sarvis product lines. Read More...

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