3. Backpacking Light

In-depth backpacking reviews from an expert outdoorsman

Backpacking Light

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Good for: Weight conscious backpackers, fast-packers.

Written by:  Founded by Ryan Jordan, an Eagle Scout, author, and former wilderness guide, "to promote multi-day, backcountry travel in a self-supported ("backpackable"), lightweight style."

Ultralight backpackers are particular, discerning, and ruthless when it comes to giving gear a thumbs up or down. Here, hardcore users provide extremely in-depth, chart-laden analysis of anything that claims to be worthy of space in their packs. The caveat: the only way to get full review access is to join—$25 for a year, or $110 for life. If you really geek-out over ultralight tents, or charts comparing the vapor transfer of various waterproof-breathable membranes, this site is worth the price of admission.

Sample post: A review that not only tells you why this particular ultralight backpack is great, but why you should care.

Ultralight Backpacking "Enlightenment" is a complete ultralight gear kit weighing less than 10 pounds (4.5 kg) carried in an ultralight frameless backpack. Frameless backpacks are the darlings of ultralight backpackers, those who have pared their gear kit down to a base weight under 10 pounds (4.5 kg). This is the most popular category of frameless backpacks. Why? Because: 1) getting one’s base weight below 10 pounds (4.5 kg) is easy to achieve with today’s availability of lightweight gear, 2) one can easily backpack ultralight without compromising safety or comfort, and 3) frameless backpacks are most comfortable with loads less than 20 pounds (9.1 kg) which is easily achieved while backpacking ultralight.
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