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Sawyer Mini Water Filter or Sawyer Squeeze Point One: How to Choose

Sawyer Squeeze and Sawyer Mini Water Filters

The Sawyer Squeeze Point One and Sawyer Mini Water Filters are the most popular water treatment and purification systems used by backpackers today (approximately 40% use them according to a recent survey). The Sawyer Squeeze Water Treatment System (which includes 2 x 32 oz. water reservoirs, a cleaning syringe, etc.) …

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Montane Featherlite Down Jacket Review

Montane Featherlite Down Jacket

The Montane Featherlite Down Jacket is an exceptional lightweight down jacket, good for year-round use as an outer-layer or as a mid-layer under a shell in very cold winter conditions. The hood is one of the best I’ve tested on lightweight insulated jackets and fully adjustable, something you find less and …

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Snowshoeing the Snows Mountain Trail

Snows Mountain Trail Sign

The Snows Mountain Trail is a loop hike in Waterville Valley, on the southwest side of the White Mountain National Forest. The trailhead is hard to find, being situated halfway up the hill of a now-defunct ski slope, but well worth the effort. This part of the White Mountain National …

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Backpacking with a SteriPEN Ultraviolet Water Treatment System

Backpacking Steripen Water Treatment

The SteriPEN ultraviolet water treatment system is a popular choice for backpackers and day hikers because it’s easy to use, fast, lightweight, and doesn’t leave any aftertaste in your water like chemical treatments. But like all backcountry water treatment solutions, it has its PROS and CONS, and is not suitable in …

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