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Podcast Episode December 22, 2021

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We’re gonna wrap up the year with a survey of gear we loved using in 2021. We polled the Backpacking Light staff and contributors and asked them to talk about the gear they couldn’t live without in 2021 – and why. Make sure and check out the related Staff Picks 2021 article for more. Enjoy, and we’ll see you next year!


  • Why use 5-inch inseam shorts?
  • When are pot grippers useful while backpacking?
  • Why do people love Hyperlight Mountain Gear Packs?
  • Why is a Steripen better than a squeeze filter?
  • Is Pinnacle backpacking food any good?
  • What are Senchi Designs Lark Hoodies made of?
  • How can I wear a ponytail with a hat?
  • What’s the best daypack to include in my backpacking kit?
  • What’s the best backpacking pack for kids?
  • Where can I order packaged backpacking food for fast delivery?


  • Patagonia Baggies 5-Inch Inseam Shorts
  • MSR LiteLifter
  • Hyperlight Mountain Gear Windrider 2400
  • Katadyn Steripens
  • Pinnacle Foods Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits and Herbed Sausage Gravy
  • Senchi Designs Lark Hoodie
  • Untraditional Layers Podcast (more discussion about Senchi Designs)
  • TrailHeads Ponytail Hat
  • Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Nano Travel Daypack
  • ULA Equipment Kid’s Spark Backpack
  • Backpacking with Children Podcast (more discussion on gear and techniques for family backpacking)
  • Outdoor Herbivore
  • make sure you check out the Staff Picks 2021 article for more picks from all the authors we mentioned in today’s podcast as well as other contributors

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  • I don’t entirely get the 5″ inseam shorts but it seems mostly what I see in some gear lists, also including Darwin on the trail. I wear some cheapos from STP (not for hiking, just around town) but they are 8″ inseams.

    Merry Christmas to the BPL team.

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