Ultralight Three-Season Down Jackets State of the Market Report 2010 Part 1

A state-of-the-art overview of ultralight down jackets – we analyze the components and discuss “baffling” issues like shell fabrics, down quality, fill weight, packing density, loft, and warmth.

Rapids, Wolves, and Winter

With amazingly light loads that included skis, packrafts, dry suits, winter camping gear, and a week’s worth of food, we set out to visit the Frank Church Wilderness in winter to prove a point.

Ultralight Three-Season Down Mummy-Style Sleeping Bags: State of the Market Report 2010

Mummy bags win hands down as the most thermally efficient bag design. An ultralight down mummy combined with an ultralight down jacket and pants creates a remarkably warm and versatile sleeping system for colder conditions. Join Will as he rounds up and rates the lightest three-season down mummy bags.

Sierra Prime: Off Trail in California’s High Country

The greatest rewards come when you choose to get off the beaten path and build a personalized hike that mixes challenge and fun at whatever level works for you.

MontBell Ex Light Women’s Down Jacket Review

The lightest down jacket to be found, but the women’s version doesn’t have as much loft and warmth as the men’s version.

2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2009.

Denali Light: The 2009 Attempt

A light and kind-of fast expedition on one of the world’s great mountains.

Denali Light: The 2007 Attempt

Lightening up on Alaska’s classic mountaineering route.

Wilderness Trekking II: Long Distance Backpacking

The stated goal wasn't to make everything else a little bland, but this trip was beyond the pale. And yes, everything else IS just a little bland afterwards.

Backpacking Light 2009 Reader Photo Contest Results

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2009 Reader Photo Contest!

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