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Our Picks for the Best Hiking, Camping, and Outdoor Gear of the Season

Here's a list of the gear we enjoyed using over the past year, all of which would make perfect outdoor-themed gifts.

With such a bounty of gear saturating the outdoor hiking and camping markets, picking the perfect items can seem like a hit or miss proposition.

That's why we're here to lend a hand, by compiling the ultimate outdoor-themed gear list filled with cool and functional stuff we've had the pleasure of trying out ourselves.

Here are 21 gifts that get our seal of approval, and are guaranteed to bring glee to any hiker or camper if they receive it on Christmas morning.

See the full list by Justin Hoffman on Wide Open Space's website here.


May 7, 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!

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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