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The Gear Our Editors Loved in December

For all our hand-wringing in November, winter finally came in December.Outside editors and contributors took full advantage of fresh snow over
the holiday season with these pieces of gear.

The wait for winter is over. Here’s the gear that helped our editors stay warm, festive, and active over the holidays.

Decked X Uncahrted D-Bag Emergency Kit

I'm a big fan of Decked, and have used their drawer system in two trucks now. I love being able to organize my gear based on the season (whether it's time for mountain biking, hunting, or skiing), but also have a place to keep things that live in my truck at all times, like vehicle recovery gear. The company recently sent me their new D-Bag Emergency kit to check out, and it's one of the coolest and most complete survival/emergency kits I've seen. They partnered with Uncharted Supply Co so each soft-sided bag includes one of the brand's Seventy2 Pro Survival systems, along with a Zeus portable jump starter. You get everything you need for two people to survive an emergency situation for 72 hours, including a Sawyer Mini water filter, 2,400 calories worth of energy bars, 100 feet of paracord, a multitool, fixed-blade knife, air filtration masks, waterproof matches, a ferro rod, a complete first aid kit, and most importantly, detailed instructions on how to use it all. With the portable jump starter you have an amazing emergency kit that fits perfectly in your truck's Decked drawer or stows easily in the trunk of your car. Whether you're prepping for a natural disaster, or just want something in your vehicle for emergencies, this kit has you covered. It now lives permanently in the back of my truck. -Bryan Rogala, contributing writer.

Continue reading the complete list of gear Outside editors loved in December here


May 8, 2022

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

Kevin Brouillard
Travel & Leisure


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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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

Bikepacking Team