The Best Gear to Crush Long Hikes
Hike farther, carry less with these picks for long trails and other extended adventures.
Going out on a long trail or for an extended hiking vacation isn't like heading out for the weekend. You need light gear than can still stand up to the rigors of life in the backcountry. These three trail-tested and proven products are ready for your biggest adventures.
See the full list of recommendations from Chris Meehan on Backpacker's website here.
May 7, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.
Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.
But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.