2007 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

Backpacking Light staff pick their favorite gear of 2007


A small electronic device for purifying water with a mixed oxidizer based on electrolyzing salt.

Gossamer Gear Miniposa Backpack REVIEW

Removable carbon fiber stays make it the lightest and most versatile internal frame backpack in its size class, but curved stays would markedly improve its fit and comfort.

Make Your Own Gear: Tarp Guylines

A clean, simple way to attach guylines to your tarp or shelter

Make Your Own Gear: Aloksak Chest Pocket

You say your SUL pack doesn’t have enough pockets? Using inexpensive materials, add some storage with ultralight appeal.

Notes from the Field – Bushwhacking Shell

Features and design for a shell jacket that can handle tough bushwhacking

Notes from the Field – Bushwhacking Trousers

BPL's resident brush-buster describes pants that work in tough conditions without falling apart.

Helix Potty Trowel REVIEW

A very light carbon fibre and aluminium alloy ‘potty trowel’ (which works quite well as such) which also functions very well as an ultra-light ice axe.

Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis Tent REVIEW

Lightest bug-proof one-person shelter on the market.

AntiGravityGear TarpTent REVIEW

With over 38 square feet of floor area, this single person tent has the highest area to weight ratio in its class (single wall shelter with floor), but it has a few flaws.

Six Moon Designs 2007 Comet Backpack REVIEW

A durable and versatile “convertible backpack” with removable stays that allow it to be used either frameless or as an ultralight internal frame backpack.

2007 Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Poles REVIEW

These three section carbon fiber trekking poles are sturdy and stiff and are light in your hands AND on your budget.

2007 Jacks ‘R’ Better “Down to Earth” Pad Converter REVIEW

The Jacks ‘R’ Better Down to Earth Pad Converter converts any JRB quilt, including the No Sniveller, into a top bag system.

2007 Deuter KangaKid Child Carrier REVIEW

A lightweight internal frame child carrier that compacts for use as a day pack.

REI Cruise UL 60 Backpack REVIEW

A well designed and capable lightweight internal frame backpack from REI with a great feature set, and it’s an excellent value!

Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Backpack REVIEW

Removable carbon fiber stays make it one of the lightest and most versatile internal frame backpacks on the market.

Make Your Own Gear: Sealing Silnylon Seams

A better way to apply seam sealer, producing a nearly factory perfect look.

Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo Tent REVIEW

Score another winner for SMD – the Lunar Duo is a well-designed, roomy, lightweight, well-ventilated single-wall tent for two people.

Doing Denali Light: Post-Trip Report and Gearlist

It IS possible to climb Denali using lightweight techniques! Agnes and Matt discuss their gear and provide detailed gearlists.

Black Diamond Guiding Light Tent REVIEW

Extremely versatile and lightweight four-season, four-person, single-wall, free-standing, breathable fabric tent.

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