Wirecutter's 100 Most Popular Picks in May
Warm weather—we are here for it! Our readers are too, it seems, with insect repellents (for your patio or your skin) topping the list of Wirecutter’s most popular picks in May. We hope folks can keep the bugs away while they’re dragging their new garden hoses around their yards. And though many are chowing down on individual slices of frozen pizza, enough people bought our top-pick Weber for us to declare it a hot grill summer.
Head here to find the entire list of popular picks for May.
May 7, 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