Most Popular Picks 2022
Wirecutter picks can make life better, easier, and a lot more enjoyable. This year, many of our readers seemed to lean into self-care, picking up air purifiers, electric toothbrushes, beard trimmers, and bathroom scales. Others focused on travel, investing in luggage and portable power banks. And plenty of readers showed us they really appreciate a clean home, through purchases of all kinds of vacuums. Here are the top 100 most popular picks of the year.
January 4, 2023
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