Gotta Have It, Winter 2021 Edition
Ok, boys and girls, here’s my roundup of things you’ve just gotta have, or maybe want to have, for your LTV. I usually publish these once yearly (see my roundups for 2018 and 2019), but there are so many now that I may be doing this twice annually.
Many of the items listed are pretty common sense. Some I’ve tried, and some just look cool enough to warrant laying your credit card on ’em. Here we go.
Filtered Drinking Water On-the-Go
I’ve done this only once – forgotten my water bottle, that is – when in the outdoors, and I suffered for it in the mountains when you’ve simply got to drink water all day or risk heat exhaustion or worse. Here’s one solution that doesn’t involve plastic bottles in a landfill.
It’s the Micro Squeeze Water Filtration System from Sawyer, which is now permanently in our LTV. It’s rated to purify up to 100,000 gallons and comes with a reusable squeeze pouch. It filters down to 0.1 microns, so even giardia is eliminated. And, it’s all reusable. Simply backwash it with the included equipment and there are no expensive cartridges to replace. I sure wish I’d brought mine along on the Colorado River last summer.
Where to Buy: Sawyer or in stores at REI, Cabela’s, Walmart and others
Continue reading the complete roundup of things you’ve just gotta have, or maybe want to have, for your LTV written by Bill and Denise Semion here.
May 7, 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).