Bomber one-person, four-season, single wall tent with waterproof/breathable fabric and enough room for gear.
The ACR MicroFix Personal Locator Beacon weighs just 10 ounces.
The Backpackinglight teams spends a day at Backcountry Base Camp prior to the start of the show.
After years of development, Scarpa, Crispi, and Rottefella show their long-awaited NTN boots and bindings at ORWM.
Lightweight, dry, and warm handwear for most snow sports, but we found their limits when we used them for snow shelter building.
Wise Women Jean (from 20 to 13 pound base weight) and Sue (14 to 9 pound base weight) put their new lightweight gear to the test in the field.
Converts any Jacks ‘R’ Better quilt into a top bag sleep system with an attached sleeping pad.
A versatile cold weather quilt that can be used in a cold weather hammock system as well as for “ground sleeping”.
A well-designed under quilt that integrates beautifully with Hennessy hammocks.
A reasonably light two-man titanium kettle - very light, works well, but not very low cost.
A reasonably minimal titanium cookset - very light, works well, but not very low cost. Take just one pot?
2.8 ounces, full zip - is there a downside?
Pertex Microlight shell, PRISM synthetic insulation, 12 ounces with hood
Jean and Sue select and test lighter gear from a dizzying array of choices while receiving an avalanche of expert advice - which they accept with trepidation, reject, or take on wholeheartedly - all the while listening to their own self-wisdom gained in their six (or near six) decades of life experience.
BPL subscriber, Al Shaver, didn’t break the JMT speed record for an unsupported hike without resupply, but his account may inspire you to try.
20 ounces in size long, Pertex Quantum shell, over 4 inches of loft
Long distance hikes have a unique character. BPL editor, Don Wilson, shares his perspectives on gear, technique, clothing and philosophy following a lightweight, 6-week section hike of the PCT.
BPL's techno guy discusses the attributes of the lightweight backpacker's perfect digital camera - and laments the fact that no one is making it yet!
A versatile ultralight outdoor cap from Buff. Is it funky or cool – you decide.