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This tried-and-true filter is guaranteed to last.
When the Squeeze debuted in 2012 it represented a major leap in water filter technology, and we gave it an Editors’ Choice Award. Almost a decade later, it’s still one of the best filters on the market: It weighs just 3 ounces, can filter up to a million gallons, and provides clean water quickly via its included 32-ounce squeeze pouch or a plastic water bottle. Sawyer has since introduced smaller, lighter filters, but the longevity of the original Squeeze system still makes it a favorite of hikers everywhere. Get the Squeeze from EMS for 20 percent off its $49.99 list price, dropping it to $39.99.
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Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.
Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.
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