Guide’s Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack

Guide's Gear features products used by BPL's WTS guides that have withstood the test of time by demonstrating exceptional performance, durability, weight, and value. Guide's Gear No. 1 goes to the Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack for offering more features than any other two pound pack on the market.

Iridium GO! Satellite WiFi Review

The Iridium GO! gives you access to technology even in remote locations by creating a backcountry WiFi hotspot for multiple smartphones.

Pat’s Backcountry Beer: Ultralight Beer from Concentrate for Weight-Conscious Backpackers

Still not great as the real deal, Pat's Backcountry Brewery is a nice lightweight option to enjoy some beer in the backcountry.

Rab Vapour-rise Lite Alpine Jacket review

The Rab Vapour-rise Light Alpine is an extremely well designed windshirt, but when compared with other similar weighted windshirts the value is tough to see. However when compared with other soft shells it quickly becomes irreplaceable.

Berghaus Vapourlight Hypertherm FZ Jacket Review

The Vapourlight Hypertherm Jacket is an incredibly versatile jacket which can be worn in reverse to accommodate multiple weather conditions. It is ideal for a hiker who wants to leverage one piece of gear.

Vertex Solid Fuel Stove Review

A solid fuel/alcohol stove that folds flat for storage and assembles into a rock-solid structure for stable cooking.

RapidPure Filters Review

Some filters leave a bad taste while others do an insufficient job of treating the water. The RapidPure filter changes the game and pushes the boundaries of water treatment.

Exped Lightning 60 Review

Due to a robust internal frame, this pack not only excels at carrying either heavy or light loads, but it's also rather comfortable and lightweight.

Mountain Laurel Designs eVENT Soul Bivy Review

While not commonly found in most hiker's packs, the lightweight and superior construction of this bivy offers good value for a bivy that occupies a narrow market niche occupied by very few products.

Freestanding Double Wall Tents – A Cursory Review of 1P/2P Offerings from Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, and Nemo

Ultralight tents are becoming more lightweight and durable. This is good news for ultralighters.

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