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How Graphene Will Revolutionize Thru-Hiking from The Trek

Every few years we get hype around a specific item or material that changes the game for thru hikers. Whether this be personal GPS devices allowing for navigation and rescue, Guthooks Guides in 2012, the Sawyer Squeeze, or more recently in 2016/2017 Cuben Fiber (now marketed as Dyneema), all these technological advancements fundamentally change the hiking game in terms of distance, speed, share-ability and do-ability of thru hiking. It has enabled us hikers to be better equipped with up-to-date routes, water source information and allowed us to upgrade to lighter and more durable gear, eventually getting us further, faster.

A lot of this technology has made it easier for us to get out and stay outside for longer, but it has also increased the dependency we have on the batteries inside our phones, GPS devices, bluetooth headphones, and cameras. Now a new material promises a change in the way we hike: introducing Graphene.

Read the full article from Joal and Jenny on The Trek's website here.


May 8, 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


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

Pete Ortiz


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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