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15 Pieces Of Equipment That Seasoned Hikers Swear By

Osprey Daylite Plus Hiking Backpack

This pack fits everything you’ll need for a long day of hiking. Plus, its super-supportive shoulder straps and waist belt will make all your gear feel light so you can hike for longer.

Osprey Hydration Bladder

You’re far less likely to drink enough if you have to keep stopping to get your water out of your bag, then next thing you know you have a dehydration headache

I find with bottles, I tend to get in the “zone” and hike for 2-3 hours without drinking and then guzzle water until I feel sick. I’m lucky if I get 2 liters down on a 15 mile day using bottles.

With a bladder I can sip every 10 minutes or so and stay in the zone longer and wind up better hydrated at the end of the day.

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System

Should you ever run out of water on a long hike, the Sawyer mini will get you out of a jam. You can take that murky brown pond water, filter it down to 0.1 microns and turn it completely drinkable water.

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May 8, 2022

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