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Backpackers.com Highlights — February 1-28, 2017

Backpackers.com — The final throes of winter are the perfect time to learn about some new gear. Spring is just around the corner, and trips abound. We’ve got you covered.

Below you’ll find the latest gear we’ve awarded and recommended for all five Backpacker Types and two Outdoor Guides for new gear: rain jackets and water filters and purifiers. Are you thirsty for a backcountry adventure? We sure are. Rain or shine.

Your Backpackers.com update is here!

New Recommended Gear

This gear has been researched, tested, and found worthy. Follow the links to read the full reviews and get the gear!

Petzl Tikkina — Budget Pick for the Car Camper, Day Hiker, and Urban Hiker

The Petzl Tikkina is plenty bright, has a crazy wide beam, three versatile light modes, and five-year warranty. All for under twenty bucks.

petzl tikkina, backpackers.com

Read the full review to see why we recommend the Petzl Tikkina headlamp as our Budget Pick for the Car Camper, Urban Hiker, and the Day Hiker.

ZebraLight H52w AA Neutral White — Premium Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker

The ZebraLight H52w is a headlamp species on the rise: ultralight, customizable, durable, and seriously bright, all without the advertising hype.

zebralight h52w, backpackers.com

Read the full review to see why we recommend the ZebraLight H52w AA Neutral White headlamp as our Premium Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.

Marmot PreCip — Budget Pick for the Car Camper, Day Hiker, and Wilderness Backpacker

The Marmot PreCip rain jacket offers a super lightweight, packable shell that fends off any rain thrown your way, just as long as you’re not climbing Everest.

marmot precip, backpackers.com

Read the full review to see why we recommend the Marmot PreCip rain jacket as our Budget Pick for the Car CamperDay Hiker, and Wilderness Backpacker.

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti — Classic Pick for the Day Hiker, Ultralight Backpacker, and Urban Hiker

The SteriPEN Adventurer Opti is exceptionally light, simple, and fast-acting. Safe drinking water in 90 seconds? Yes, please.

steripen adventurer opti, backpackers.com

Read the full review to see why we recommend the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti water purifier as our Classic Pick for the Day HikerUrban Hiker, and the Ultralight Backpacker.

New Outdoor Guides

We took long, deep drinks in the wild — and stayed dry doing it. New Outdoor Guides means a massive dose of information for our readers. That’s you. You can thank us later.

Backpackers Guide to Rain Jackets

Everything you ever wanted to know about rain jackets – laminates, membranes, layers, DWR, waterproofness, and fancy features – explained. With a bit of humor, too.


Backpackers Guide to Water Filters and Purifiers

Water filters and purifiers will do more than ease a worried mind. Learn why treatment of water in the backcountry is necessary, what methods are right for you, and how to do it right.


Stay Up to Date

We publish content weekly and update you every other week. Visit Backpackers.com to see what new gear we’ve recommended, and what new guides we’ve penned for your reading pleasure.

Daniel Zweier

Daniel Zweier is Editor-in-Chief of Backpackers.com. Beyond orchestrating the daily flow of Backpackers.com, Daniel writes surrealistic short fiction and novels, adventures into the backcountry and abroad, surfs, reads, drinks tea, and obsesses over gear. A lot of gear. Visit his website if you want to learn more about his authorial pursuits.

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