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17 Best Gifts for Backpackers this Holiday Season

Maybe you’ve just settled in to the shoulder-season slump between backpacking trips in the warmer months—or perhaps you know someone who has. Either way, the slow wait until those long weekends in the backcountry shouldn’t be a painful one. Picking up near and necessary gear items fills the time beautiful, and gives you or a loved one just enough excitement to hold you over till you can get back out there.

We’ve collected some of the best gifts for backpackers that are sure support your local thru-hiker while they ready themselves for their next trip. From beautifully-crafted notebooks under $20 to lightweight packable clothing items, these gifts are sure to fill any backpacker’s pack with cheer.

See the full list of gifts by Kevin Johnson on The Dyrt's website here.

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May 8, 2022

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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!

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Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

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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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