Gear Recommendations

If you’re looking for recommendations for lightweight backpacking gear, here are the most popular resources among our members:

Guide’s Gear Recommendations

The following gear represents some of our recommendations for participants in Backpacking Light’s Wilderness Adventures Program.


Gear Recommendations for REI Members

The following list is our curated selection of lightweight backpacking gear that our guides, staff, and authors believe to be among the best stuff that you’ll find in the online catalog.


Publisher’s Gear Guide

This gear guide represents my personal recommendations for backpacking gear that is durable, lightweight, versatile and offers a very high level of performance for the cost.


2020 Staff Picks

Each year, our staff selects their favorite backcountry gear from the past 12 months, and we look forward to sharing your favorite gear of the year as well in the forum comments below!


Masterclass Trip Planner & Gear List

View our hand-picked gear list for trip planning, as used in our masterclass and member treks.