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The Best Camping Gadgets And Gear Of 2021 To Take Into The Wild

Counter Assault Bear Spray

Carry both a gun and bear spray to defend against bears. But keep in mind that bear spray is quicker to draw and quicker to use than a gun and will definitely stop a bear. It might not put it down for the count, but it will let you get away.

GCI Outdoor FirePit Rocker Camp Chair

What’s more comfortable that sitting around the fire in an excellent camp chair? We think it might be the option to rock back and forth. But since rocking chairs are normally a bit unwieldy, we’re glad the folks at GCI have figured out a way to bring that soothing motion to their FirePit Rocker camp chair. It’s portable, folds down super compact, and is just top notch when it comes to relaxation and comfort.

Core 9-Person Instant Cabin Tent

Add a homey feel to your next camping adventure with the 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent from CORE Equipment. Fitted out with pre-attached poles, this cool cabin style shelter allows for hassle-free setup in 60 seconds! Plus, it features a room divider, as well as zippered doors and windows for convenient privacy and ventilation. Additional features include hanging storage pockets and a fully-taped water-resistant rainfly, which creates the illusion of sleeping under the stars once removed.

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

This water filter system is the gold standard for many thru-hikers, campers and backpackers across the globe. The Sawyer Squeeze filters down to 0.1 microns, making it effective against bacteria and protozoa (slightly better than other filters). It has a great flow rate and comes with a kit to attach to a hydration bladder as well.

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May 5, 2022

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My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

Anna Hamrick

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Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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