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Potential stocking stuffers for the outdoorsy on your list

Every year it seems there just can’t be any space for new outdoor products. Then the manufacturers begin unveiling their new products and new variations on old products.

Portable water treatment for backpackers, hikers and other outdoor travelers have been a constantly changing benchmark for many years with innovations and design changes coming annually. This year Sawyer Products unveiled the Squeeze system with a cluster of micro-fibrous tubes, similar to medical dialysis designs. Gentle pressure on the bladder forces water through the side of the tubes, where bacteria and protozoa are trapped. The lightweight system comes with its own bladders, but also can be paired with a range of bottles and hydration packs. LifeStraw this year has put its 2-stage filtration system – membrane microfilter and activated carbon filter – into a sturdy, 24-ounce, double-wall insulated, stainless steel bottle with a flexible, flip-top mouthpiece.

With the historic demands being made on the outdoors by new pandemic-pushed users, there’s been an accompanying explosion on use of trailside and waterside spots as improvised restrooms, and not always in the most eco-minded or aesthetic manner. Much of the toilet paper and wipes being deployed is going to be on the landscape for a very long time. On The Go has come up with a handy solution. Each pocket-sized resealable TP Kit carries 5 2-ply tissues and 2 wet wipes. All the contents are completely biodegradable, but the packet is intended as a means to carry the materials back out after use.

The ViperSharp ceramic knife=sharpening kit allows for honing a precisely sharp edge on a blade, with a notchless adjustment base that allows the user to decide on the exact angle rather than picked from a few preset angles. The portability of the base allows for use of your predominant hand rather than attempting ambidextrous maneuvers. The knobs on the handle allow even large and fumbling fingers to male precise sharpening strokes.

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October 29, 2023

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