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ARTICLES Places Trip Reports
100 Mile Wilderness
by Matt Heid
The 100 mile wilderness is vast - and challenging. Thru-hikers often complete the whole traverse in a few days, but slowing down will offer spectacular views and an even more memorable experience. Read More...
ARTICLES Gear State of the Market Reports
2001 Raingear Roundup Review Summary
by the Product Review Staff
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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 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 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 Techniques Techniques
2005 Backpacking Light Trip Planning Spreadsheet Contest Entries
by BPL Staff
Reader submissions of spreadsheet files used for trip planning and gear lists. 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 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 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 Trends Commentary
2007 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
by Backpacking Light Staff
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2007 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 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 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 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 Places Photo Essays
2012 Photo Contest Winners!
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The votes are counted, photos drooled over, and the top ten are in. Congrats to all who entered - the eye candy was gorgeous! Read More...
ARTICLES Places Photo Essays
2013 Photo Contest Winners!
by BPL Staff
After receiving some stunning photos, our judges have chosen the best. Grab a seat and relive the experience. 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 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 Techniques Techniques
Members Only 24: Fall Equinox in the Hyalite Cirque of Montana's Gallatin Mountains
by Ryan Jordan
You have 24 hours to quickly engage in a Wild Place with minimal disruption to your job or your family. Where will YOU go? Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
Members Only 24: Garnet Mountain Forest Service Lookout, Montana
by Ryan Jordan
Episode 2: we focused on fast food preparation and the elimination of a whole lotta gear by hiking into a U.S. Forest Service lookout cabin. 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 Techniques Techniques
24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River
by Ryan Jordan
A new installment of the "24" series - stories about "24 hour" overnight trips. Read More...
ARTICLES Techniques Techniques
24: Nine Months 'til Summer
by Ryan Jordan
Episode 3: The first big snowfall of the season (in September!) had us traversing the Hyalite-Cottonwood divide for snow hiking and camping. 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...

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