Backpackers.com — As snow stops falling on the East Coast, waterfalls are springing to life on the West Coast. From sea to sea, backpackers are emerging from winter hibernation and plunging into the wild for their first trips of the year. Unless you’re one of those snow-stoked backpackers, in which case we cannot commend your resilience enough.
We’ve tested gear this winter, and have some fully featured recommendations to share. Below you’ll find the latest water filters and purifiers we’ve awarded and recommended for all five Backpacker Types. You’ll also find one new Outdoor Guide for synthetic insulated jackets, the best insulating layer for cold and wet climates.
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New Recommended Gear
This gear has been researched, tested, and found worthy. Follow the links to read the full reviews and get the gear!
Ultralight, simple beyond measure, reliable to 100,000 gallons, and tiny. The Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System works on the spot for everyone.
Read the full review to see why we recommend the Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System as our Budget Pick for the Ultralight Backpacker.
Platypus GravityWorks 4L Water Filter System — Premium Pick for the Wilderness Backpacker and Car Camper
The Platypus GravityWorks 4L Water Filter System is everything we’ve dreamed about: fast, simple, and mesmerizing. Why have we been pumping all these years?
The Katadyn BeFree water bottle filter is for those who have frequent access to water, love a fast filter rate, and value simplicity above all else.
The MSR Guardian Purifier will treat your water in seconds, cleans itself while you pump, and is one self contained unit. If you need to to thwart viruses and have the money to spend, you can’t do better.
New Outdoor Guides
We dug deep on this one. A new Outdoor Guide means a massive dose of information for our readers. That’s you. You can thank us later.
Backpackers Guide to Synthetic Puffy Jackets
This is your ultimate guide to synthetic insulated jackets, the other puffy. Cheaper, more breathable, and better when wet than down, these jackets are pretty awesome.
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