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November 30, 2017 Backpacking the Fisher Creek Trail, North Cascades National Park.

Review: 21 Essential Backpacking Gear Accessories of 2018

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By Michael Lanza

Sure, your backpack, boots, tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, and other backpacking gear matter a lot, and you should put serious thought into your choices when buying any of them. But little things matter, too. Various necessary accessories, convenience items, and small comforts accompany me on backcountry trips. Many years of field-testing gear have refined my sense of what I like on certain types of trips and what I will not do without anytime.

Here’s my list of essential backpacking accessories, ranging from basics like my favorite stuff sacks and water filters, to great values in a headlamp and knife, and what I lay my head down on every night I sleep on the ground. You’ll find many of them available at sale prices right now. Continue reading →

Gear Review: LifeStraw Go Water Bottle With 2-Stage Filtration

October 20, 2016  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , ,   |   Leave a comment
LifeStraw Go Water Bottle With 2-Stage Filtration.

LifeStraw Go bottle with 2-stage filtration, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Water Filter Bottle
LifeStraw Go Water Bottle With 2-Stage Filtration
$45, 8 oz.
22 ounces/650ml bottle capacity

On an 80-mile, five-day backpacking trip in the North Cascades National Park Complex in September, I stopped filling my pack’s bladder by the second day. I didn’t need it—I could just top off my LifeStraw Go bottle every time we passed one of the frequent creeks along our route, and continue hiking with hardly a pause. Rare is the piece of gear whose convenience and utility actually change the way I behave, but the LifeStraw Go does exactly that. Continue reading →

Gear Review: Aquamira and LifeStraw Water Filter Bottles

September 24, 2015  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , ,   |   2 Comments
Lifestraw Go and Aquamira Frontier Flow Filtered Water Bottle

Lifestraw Go and Aquamira Frontier Flow Filtered Water Bottle.

Water Filter Bottles
Aquamira Frontier Flow Filtered Water Bottle
$50, 7 oz.
20 oz./0.6L bottle capacity (with filter)

LifeStraw Go
$35, 8 oz.
22 oz./0.65L bottle capacity (with filter)

Treating water in the backcountry has always been time-consuming—until now. From long dayhikes on and off-trail in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness to a four-day, 34-mile backpacking trip on the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay National Park in the Canadian Rockies, I used both of these bottles to obtain treated, drinkable water by simply bending down, filling the bottle in a creek, screwing the cap back on, and then immediately sipping from a straw—that’s it. Continue reading →

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