The Best Gifts For Hikers
WHAT TO GIVE PEOPLE WHO LIKE HIKING AND WALKING, ACCORDING TO HIKERS
This list includes our favorite items this year—things we’ve personally given as gifts or presents we’ve enjoyed receiving.
Our theory of gift-giving is that the best gifts you can give are the ones loved ones already want but haven’t quite pulled the trigger on yet.
Our gifts for hikers span affordable luxuries to upgraded gear you can confidently gift the hikers in your life.
December 1, 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