Our Favorite Products: July 2021 Edition
A no-service sign for hungry bloodsuckers
"I'm always the first person in a group to get bitten by mosquitoes, and at this point in my life, I feel like I've tried most techniques to keep bugs away: rubbing lemongrass leaves on my skin (ouch), essential oils (why?), wearing insect repellent anklets (that didn't work). Until someone invents a natural insect repellent that actually works, I'll be using this picaridin lotion from Sawyer. I first bought it after one Amazon reviewer identified the target user as someone who’s a Michelin star restaurant for mosquitoes. The brand recommends applying it directly to skin, and it does not smell, goes on clear, and absorbs rapidly without leaving a sticky or greasy residue. I even put some on my face. I tested it on a three-day camping trip upstate and a hike near Lake George and didn't get a single bite. No reapplication necessary! (It's supposed to provide 14 hours of protection.) At $10 for the 4 oz lotion, it's a steal." —Roxane Cosnard des Closets, Manager, Financial Systems
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May 8, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
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!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
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).