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Experts Say This Is the Most Innovative Outdoor Gear of the Year

A panel of outdoor industry vets just honored these 16 awesome, clever and inclusive new items.

Every January, hundreds of brands gather to showcase all the new outdoor gear and apparel they've been working on at Outdoor Retailer, the largest outdoor trade show in North America. Not this year, though. As #pandemiclife continues, the winter 2021 edition went online.

Nevertheless, the show's organizers assembled a panel of judges to determine the most innovative products among the thousands on display. Thirty-four finalists made the cut, but only 16 took home a win, including one that earned the designation as Product of the Year.

We are excited to be featured as one of the most innovative gear items this year with our New Sawyer Tap Filtration System.

"Sawyer brings its wilderness-tested filtration to the tap in a compact cylinder that removes nasty things like bacteria, protozoa, cysts and microplastics from water. It'll be perfect for overseas travel, once we're all doing that again."

Here's the scoop on the entire list of winners.


May 8, 2022

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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.

Allen Foster


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.

Alan Dixon


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.

Shauna Farnell