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Gear Type: Water Filters and Purifiers
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Ultralight Backpacker, Urban Hiker
Award: Classic Pick 2017
The SteriPEN Adventurer Opti is exceptionally light, simple, and fast-acting. Safe drinking water in 90 seconds? Yes, please.
Gear Type: Rain Jackets
Recommended For: Car Camper, Day Hiker, Wilderness Backpacker
Award: Budget Pick 2017
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.
Gear Type: Headlamps
Recommended For: Ultralight Backpacker
Award: Premium Pick 2017
The ZebraLight H52w is a headlamp species on the rise: Ultralight, customizable, durable, and seriously bright, all without the advertising hype.
Recommended For: Car Camper, Day Hiker, 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.
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Urban Hiker
The Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp is sleek, comfy, and so bright it may occasionally be mistaken for a Bowing 747 hurtling towards you.
Recommended For: Car Camper, Day Hiker, Urban Hiker, Wilderness Backpacker
The Black Diamond Spot is a superstar that exemplifies all that a headlamp should be. It will help you see a long way, for a long time, in terrible conditions.
Gear Type: Fleece Jackets
Recommended For: Car Camper, Urban Hiker
Award: Premium Pick 2016
The North Face Denali 2 reimagines a classic in all the best ways. It keeps you toasty, performs admirably as a wind blocker, and feels like home, if home were a fleece jacket.
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Ultralight Backpacker, Wilderness Backpacker
The R1 Hoody is a veritable buffet of fleece-awesomeness for the gear addicted backpacker. Comfort, warmth, design, and sheer versatility at your service.
Award: Budget Pick 2016
If you need a trusty companion at a low price the Columbia Steens Mountain Fleece is a safe bet. Plush fabric, simple design, classically styled.
Recommended For: Urban Hiker
Award: Classic Pick 2016
The Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket is a staple fleece jacket that will leave the house with you when there’s a chill in the air, and looks good pretty much everywhere.