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ARTICLES Trends Podcasts
Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast - Raising an Adventurer
by Carol Crooker
Erin and Hig's mothers weigh in with childhood anecdotes that give us a glimpse of young explorers in the making. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
BPL Launches Wiki as Lightweight Backpacking Reference
by Don Wilson
The new BPL Wiki hosted by Backpacking Light! Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Podcasts
Podcast: Journey on the Wild Coast - Maintaining Health and Preventing Injury
by Carol Crooker
Erin and Hig discuss their minimal first aid kit and strategies for staying alive and well throughout a year of wilderness trekking. 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 Outdoor Retailer News
Lightweight Backpacks 2008: Current Favorites and New Introductions (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Backpacking Light Associate Editor Will Rietveld highlights our current favorite backpacks in three categories, evaluates some upgrades and new arrivals, and discusses the trends. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Lightweight Shelter Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Our latest lightweight shelter roundup turns up the lightest, most user-friendly tents to be found, ever. Major manufacturers are introducing sub-four-pound double wall two-person tents. And two two-person double wall tents break through the three pound barrier. 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
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
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 Outdoor Retailer News
Lightweight Lights (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Ryan Gardner
Twinkle, twinkle little star... Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Lightweight Rainwear 2008: Current Favorites, New Introductions, and New Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Associate Editor Will Rietveld provides an in-depth roundup of lightweight rainwear options and highlights current staff favorites, new products in the pipeline, market trends, and a new technology that could dramatically change the waterproof-breathable apparel market. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Plush Pads (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Exciting things are happening in sleeping pads this year at Cascade Designs (parent company of Therm-a-Rest) and Pacific Outdoor Equipment. Cascade Designs has an extensive new lineup of products that will surely interest lightweight hikers, including a revolutionary new pad technology that promises substantial performance improvements over existing designs. Meanwhile, Pacific Outdoor Equipment is moving towards more eco-friendly materials and is launching a very innovative product design program of which you can be a part. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Hot Stoves (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Mike Martin and Will Rietveld
Stove technology continues to advance this year, with trends of additional remote canister stoves with preheat tubes that are suitable for cold-weather operation, new alcohol and canister "cooking systems" that combine stove, windscreen, and pots into highly efficient and compact packages, plus a further move towards lighter stoves in general. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Terra Nova Finds New Land (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Ryan Gardner
The Lightweight Tentmaker Brings Their Products to America. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Micro Four-Thirds Slashes Camera Size and Weight, Retains dSLR Benefits? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Rick Dreher
New Micro Four-Thirds digital camera standard stirs hope for pro-grade, interchangeable-lens cameras that are lightweight, compact and can be tailored to your exact needs. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
National Geographic TOPO! Explorer Mapping and Magellan Triton Series GPS (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Alan Dixon
National Geographic Maps web-based TOPO! Explorer (NG TEX) aims to be the iTunes of electronic mapping. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Garmin Oregon Series and Delorme Earthmate PN-40 GPS (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
New offerings found at ORSM 2008 Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Outdoor Demo Days - Whazat?? (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
A day at the lake to try out new watercraft and accessories. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
The Wait for Lightweight (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
by Ryan Gardner
Will the mass market ever embrace the lightweight philosophy, or has it already? Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Introduction to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008
by Mike Martin
Mike Martin gives us the skinny on what to expect from BackpackingLight.com's coverage in the coming days. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Friedrichshafen & Salt Lake City
by Chris Townsend
Chris Townsend's report on the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and how it compares to Salt Lake City's Outdoor Retailer Show. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an 'essential' item in a lightweight hiker's overnight pack?
by Jim Bailey
Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Jim Bailey. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an 'essential' item in a lightweight hiker's overnight pack?
by Allison Miller
Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Allison Miller. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
To Pack or Not to Pack? What constitutes an 'essential' item in a lightweight hiker's overnight pack?
by Mark Henley
Essentials commentary from BackpackingLight reader, Mark Henley. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Trend Reports
Professional Perspectives on Backcountry Photography
by Nicole Chilton
Perspectives from Tom Murphy, Rainbow Weinstock, and Rick Dreher on how professional photography fits with lightweight principles. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Podcasts
Podcast: NOLS and the 40 Pound Initiative
by Ron Craighead and Nicole Chilton
NOLS Rocky Mountain discusses the process and progress of the 40-Pound Initiative, a branch effort to reduce student pack weights to 40 pounds or less for all Wind River courses. 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
Green Waste? Trends in Retail Packaging for Outdoor Industry Products
by Nicole Chilton and Ryan Jordan
Attractive and durable packaging is one thing; green packaging is quite another. The best companies have both. Learn about green packaging and see the best and worst of what the Outdoor Industry has to offer. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Media Reviews
Website Review: UltralightLiving.com
by Nicole Chilton
UltralightLiving.com explores the extension of ultralight backpacking philosophies to other areas of your life. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Commentary
Members Only Slow Travel
by Simon Clissold
Traveling light, simple... and slow Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Light My Fire SL3 (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Virtual Pack: Light My Fire SL3 Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Garmin eTrex Vista HCx with Mapsource Topo 2008
by Alan Dixon
Virtual Pack: Garmin eTrex Vista HCx with Mapsource Topo 2008 Read More...
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
Nemo Nano Tent (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: The latest from Nemo features two Airbeams, 36 ft 2 integrated fly, and weighs 3.5 pounds. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Patagonia R1 Hoody (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Don Wilson
Virtual Pack: Patagonia R1 Hoody Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Lightweight Insulated Footwear Roundup (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
We searched the Outdoor Retailer Show to find footwear to keep feet warm and dry while winter hiking and snowshoeing. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Lightweight Handwear for Cold and Wet Conditions (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld and Janet Reichl
We rounded up handwear of interest and suggest how they might be used in lightweight handwear systems. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Merrell Gatherer Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
The only true limitation with the Gatherer is your imagination. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Outdoor Research Cascadia Gaiter (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Outdoor Research Cascadia Gaiter Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Crescent Moon Magnesium 9 Snowshoes(Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Crescent Moon Magnesium 9 Snowshoes Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Primus EtaExpress Pot 1.0L (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Virtual Pack: Primus EtaExpress Pot 1.0L Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Primus PowerGas 450g Canister (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Mike Martin
Virtual Pack: Primus PowerGas 450g Canister Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Komperdell Nature Sticks (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: Komperdell Nature Sticks Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
CAMP AT Fix Shovel (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Camp AT Fix Shovel Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Lorpen Primaloft Light Hiker Sock (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ryan Jordan
Virtual Pack: Lorpen Primaloft Light Hiker Sock Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Improvised Tent Stakes (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Don Wilson
Virtual Pack: Improvised Tent Stakes Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Ibex Wool Glove Liner (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Ibex Wool Glove Liner Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Steve Nelson
Virtual Pack: Pieps DSP Avalanche Beacon. Easy to use yet capable avalanche beacon that weighs 7.0 ounces Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer Virtual Pack
Nalgene 1.5 Liter Wide Mouth Flexible Cantene (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Ken Knight
Virtual Pack: Nalgene 1.5 Liter Flexible Cantene. Keep water from freezing, easily accessible, and store over 1.5 liters - ideal for winter use and Bob. Read More...
ARTICLES Trends Outdoor Retailer News
Westcomb Specter LT Hooded Jacket (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2008)
by Will Rietveld
Virtual Pack: Westcomb Specter LT Hooded Jacket Read More...

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