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I Can Sweat Buckets and This (Backpacker-Tested) Sunscreen Won’t Run

I live at a high elevation and spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer. Most of my activities are in the blazing sun, whether I’m backpacking along open ridgelines or kayaking on local rivers. I’ve worn plenty of sunscreens, both chemical and mineral, from ubiquitous brands like Coppertone and Neutrogena, as well as outdoor-specific ones like ThinkSport. While they’ve done the job, I’ve watched some of those sunscreens slough off during sweaty hikes. Others, meanwhile, seem to clog my skin, creating a sticky layer that makes it harder for my body’s natural cooling system to do its job.

Avid backpackers like myself know Sawyer for its reliable water filters that are ubiquitous on trails because they weigh just a few ounces and easily screw onto water bottles. Sawyer also makes highly effective insect repellents — one of which, for mosquitos, may be familiar to Strategist readers. Contributor Maureen O’Connor wrote that its “less greasy” formula lets her “skin breathe more easily” — which is exactly how I feel about the brand’s Stay-Put Sunscreen, a product I started using about a year ago and have since turned many in my backpacking crew on to because of how well it works in the sweatiest of situations — from all-day hikes, to kayak outings, to full days working outdoors.

If your interested in reading more on Sawyer's Stay-Put Sunscreen, continue reading Maggie Slepian's article by clicking here.

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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.

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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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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

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