The 2022 SELF Outdoor Awards
Here are 51 items to help you hike, camp, and feel a little more prepared to face the great outdoors.
Getting outside is good for you: Whether you’re taking a #HotGirlWalk in your neighborhood, hiking on a trail, or car camping with a group of friends, being outdoors provides the opportunity to move, rest, and play. Part of any successful adventure is having the gear you need to feel safe, comfortable, and prepared, which is why we’re psyched to share the inaugural SELF Outdoor Awards, featuring the products that outdoors experts, adventurers, and writers swear by again and again.
To pick our winners, we asked experts with serious outdoorsy chops to nominate and review their favorite products of all time. Then, we combed through all of their suggestions—taking into consideration research we’ve done on these types of products in the past—to select the winning list of items that stand the test of time. These are the products that outdoor adventurers rely on for a successful trip, be it camping, hiking, backpacking, trail running, and more.
June 18, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
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.
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).
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