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10 Best Hiking Daypacks of 2019

The best hiking daypacks are functional, fit well, and durable. They have to be because they’re your home away from home, carrying all of your essentials including outdoor gear, food, water, and survival gear. Many daypacks are also good for multiple sports including mountain biking, climbing, skiing or snowboarding. You …

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Backpacking the Kekekabic Trail in the Boundary Waters

The Kekekabic Trail is a 41-mile long thru-hiking route that transects the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) from (near) the top of the Gunflint Trail to the Fenberg Road, 17 miles northeast of Ely.  You can hike the trail from either direction, but by road, the two trailheads are …

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Marmot Precip ECO Rain Jacket Review

The Marmot Precip ECO is a lightweight waterproof/breathable rain jacket made with recycled nylon ripstop with a PFC-free DWR coating. Weighing 10 oz, the Precip is inexpensive but fully featured and suitable for year-round hiking and backpacking. It has a fully adjustable hood, pit zips, velcro wrist cuffs and two …

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HydroBlu Versa Flow Water Filter Review

The HydroBlu Versa Flow Water Filter can be used in a wide range of different configurations for treating backcountry drinking water, from inline filtering in a hydration system to gravity filtering and squeeze-style filtering with a water reservoir. Both ends are threaded which makes it easy to connect the filter …

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Elemental Horizons Women’s Aquilo Backpack Review

The Elemental Horizons Women’s Aquilo Backpack (75L) is one of the first women’s ultralight-style backpacks made by a cottage backpack manufacturer. Weighing 43.8 oz, the Aquilo is a roll-top backpack with an adjustable length torso, another rarity amongst cottage gear makers, with female-specific shoulder pads, a female-friendly hip belt, and …

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