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Tight Loops: Canoe Tripping Gear Guide

When Chase & I got the wild idea to get into canoe tripping, we certainly didn’t realize the gear that would be needed to make it happen. Aside from the obvious, canoe, paddles, and PFDs, there was a myriad of items we would learn would make life on the river a whole lot easier. We’ll outline some of our most helpful items as well as some favorites.

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May 6, 2022

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Affectionately dubbed “The Feral Child” as a toddler by her parents, Aimee was born for a life of wandering and adventure, always hot on the trail of the next wild story. Raised on a steady diet of race cars, skateboarding, punk rock, and darkrooms, she brings a unique perspective to her work in the outdoors and beyond. An accomplished artist, wedding/couples photographer and filmmaker, Aimee’s work can be seen gracing the pages of publications worldwide, as she pursues and shares her passion with notable brands and individuals. When not behind the lens or the wheel of her ‘85 Westy, she can usually be found relaxing with with her undeniably strange yet lovable cat, Levi.      

A thinker, compulsive image maker, and driven explorer, Chase first picked up a camera when he was 10 and never looked back. Over two decades later he's an award winning filmmaker, scientific illustrator, writer, and expedition team leader. Forever inspired by the beauty of the natural world, he's become an important voice in the struggle to protect and preserve native species and communicate the importance of wild and intact ecosystems. Whether waist deep in a Northern river, or a month into a video editing bender his head can always be found in the clouds, dreaming of the next adventure.


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!

Anna Hamrick


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

Pete Ortiz


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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