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Gear Type: Water Filters and Purifiers
Recommended For: Day Hiker, Urban Hiker
Award: Premium Pick 2017
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.
Recommended For: Car Camper, Day Hiker
Award: Budget Pick 2017
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.
Recommended For: Car Camper, Wilderness Backpacker
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?
Recommended For: Ultralight Backpacker
Ultralight, simple beyond measure, reliable to 100,000 gallons, and tiny. The Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System works on the spot for everyone.
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
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
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.
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.