An incredibly breathable full-zip rain jacket that manages to fend off precipitation without using a membrane.
The advantages of having a lightweight, frameless backpack are huge - but without that heavy frame, the backpack has all the qualities of a large sack. For maximum comfort, you'll need to pack carefully, in a way that gives your backpack form and balance.
The votes are counted, photos drooled over, and the top ten are in. Congrats to all who entered - the eye candy was gorgeous!
Crossing the deepest river gorge in North America with unmaintained trails, poor communication, and a little conflict: will frustration be followed by triumph or a turn-around?
Crazy for Quilts – How Quilts Became My Sleep System of Choice, PLUS A Review of My Favorite, the Stateless Society Custom Quilt
Take a walk through the backpacking addicted mind of Ray as he explains his journey to custom quilts, and read a review of his favorite model, a 14-ounce beauty made by fellow BPL-er Javan Dempsey.
Rotating feature with tips and illustrations from Mike Clelland!'s new book: Ultralight Backpackin' Tips
Rab's new baselayers blend merino wool and synthetic fabrics - do they achieve the best of both worlds?
Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/thingy-dingy of 2011.
Incorporating a stand-alone trail crampon that works along with the snowshoe itself, the Mountain 28 eliminates the need to carry a separate traction device for conditions that call for grip, not float. Intriguing in theory, how did it work in practice?