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New Gear Guides: REI & Cottage Brands (+2024 Sale Info)

Quick reference to information and links to the new REI and Cottage Brand gear guides & 2024 Spring Sales.

Shell Game: Wind and Rain Jacket Breathability Tests vs. Trail Performance

I sent several top wind and rain shells to the lab to measure breathability and then took them on the trail for real-world testing.

What Properties Influence the Air Permeability of Wind Shirt Fabrics?

The purpose of this report is to investigate the relationship between air permeability, fabric porosity, weave type, and yarn structure via photomicrography and image analysis. This is not an exhaustive research study, but rather, an exploration of some of the fabric design attributes that have an impact on air permeability rates.

Member Q&A (Members-Only Livestream)

Join us on our monthly members-only "Q&A" live stream with Backpacking Light owner/founder Ryan Jordan for short presentations + member Q&A.

Episode 101 | Take Less, Do More, With Glen Van Peski

In episode 101 of the Backpacking Light podcast we're going to talk to Glen Van Peski about the life lessons we can learn from ultralight backpacking.

Bear Canisters: Design, Use Cases, and Reviews

We hope this guide will help you understand bear canisters a little bit better. You'll learn about various testing agencies, bear canister design, materials, usability, and user experiences. Lastly, we’ll make some recommendations for bear canisters that reflect unique combinations of value, weight, and capacity.

Episode 100 | Celebrating our Listeners and Gear for Hiking in the Sun

In episode 100 of the Backpacking Light Podcast we're going to celebrate sunshine and the one hundredth episode of the backpacking light podcast featuring stories from our listeners and more.

How to Choose Backpacking Gear (Shelter Case Studies)

In this video, we walk through a framework for making decisions about how to select gear based on benefits, features, and design attributes, with a focus on shelter systems.

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