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.
If almost everyone is taking manufacturing to China, what are the short- and long-term consequences for both the developed and developing worlds?
Veteran gear editors Chris Townsend and Will Rietveld unlock the mystique of the single wall tent - identifying their advantages and disadvantages, evaluating designs and technologies, listing specifications on the lightest ones available, picking their favorites for a range of applications, and speculating on future trends.
Chris Townsend reviews the options in lightweight packs for heavy loads.
Three years ago, LED lights couldn't compete with incandescent headlamps in demanding conditions. Today, it's a whole different ballgame.
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!
Carbon fiber construction has made its way into the trekking pole industry in a big way. The result is a bunch of really light poles. Which are better? We put twelve all-carbon and carbon/aluminum hybrid trekking poles through some seriously tough testing and rate their performance and features.
These specialized packs are constructed of high-tech materials, weigh as little as 2.75 ounces, and are capable of carrying your sub-5-pound SUL kit for several days.
State of the market report and ratings for top bags, quilts, and wearable sleeping bags.
Comparison of, and performance ratings for, lightweight double wall backpacking tents.
Backpacking Light staff apply lightweight principles to rate eleven snowshoes based on field testing and lab measurements.
A Comprehensive Primer and Market Analysis of Top Bags, Quilts, and Wearable Systems
We rate and compare the lightest down jackets on the market based on our measurements and their performance in the field.
Woven waterproof/breathable rainwear weights are dropping as technology improves.
Field performance and features comparison of four lightweight mountaineering tents designed to handle the toughest weather.
Comprehensive review of lightweight and ultralight trekking poles used for backpacking.
Backpacking Light staff members rate six "natural" energy bars on taste and nutrition.
Comprehensive review of lightweight alcohol stoves used for backpacking.
Comprehensive review of high loft synthetic insulated jackets (belay type) used for backpacking.
Comprehensive review of lightweight and ultralight canister stoves used for backpacking.