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2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

An eclectic assortment of the staff's favorite gear for 2012.

2011 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/thingy-dingy of 2011.

2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear/cool dealio/place of 2010.

2009 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2009.

2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2008.

2007 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2007

Lightweight Backpacking Gear for Kids

A review of commercially-available, lightweight gear suited for - if not made for - backpacking with kids.

Ultralight Knives and Other Sharp Things

Find out what BPL staffers carry to cut, slice, chop, and snip.

Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 3: Model Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Snow Camping

Based on our research and testing, we recommend lightweight footwear systems for specific conditions and activities. In addition, our Backpacking Light staffers describe their favorite systems, and two ultralight nomads – Andrew Skurka and Chris Townsend – share their wisdom.

Lightweight Footwear Systems for Snow Travel Part 2: Components

We cover the components of a lightweight footwear system – shoes/boots, footbeds, socks, vapor barriers, booties, overboots, and gaiters (everything on or around the foot), discuss the pros and cons of different options, and identify our favorites.

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