The Thru-Hiker Gift Guide: Under $50
It’s that time of year again. If you’re looking for the perfect budget-friendly gift for the thru-hiker in your life, never fear: we’re here to help. From the hiker just starting out to the one who already seems to own everything, there’s something fun and useful in this guide for every type of thru-hiker. And the best part? Everything on this list is under $50.
Socks and Underwear
Trail Comfort Items
Books and At-Home Necessities
- MSRP: $38.95
- Weight: 3 oz
Sawyer Squeeze is ubiquitous on any long-distance trail, as it is the most popular water filter. Tried, trusted, and true, this 3 oz water filter is a handy gift to anyone planning a backcountry trip. The thread fits on a Smartwater bottle, so you can ditch the pouch it comes with and save some extra weight. Just be sure to keep the filter above freezing—if it freezes, you’ll need to replace it.
November 17, 2022
The sawyer filters are much slower but quick enough to avoid being an annoyance. You can also back-flush them provided you remember to pack out the provided cleaning syringe.
Brown’s gear list considered weight and functionality above all else. With the goal of traveling as fast as possible, every ounce was considered.
Permethrin is a highly effective insecticide that can be used as a first line of defense against biting insects. It is highly toxic to a whole spectrum of insects, including black flies, mosquitoes, and ticks.