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Seychelle Water Purifier Straw

Seychelle Water Purifier Straw

The Seychelle Advanced Pure Water Straw is a full-fledged water purifier in straw form, capable of filtering out 99.9999% of viruses and bacteria as wells as 99.99% of Guardia and Cryptosporidium. It has a capacity to filter up to 25 gallons of water, costs $16.95 and weighs almost nothing. I’ve taken it on …

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Rab Momentum Jacket in eVent

From Gore-Tex to eVent I’ve been wanting to upgrade my hiking shell and rain jacket from Gore-Tex Paclite to eVent fabric for some time, but I’ve had a difficult time finding a minimalist jacket from any of the US-based outdoor clothing manufacturers. Last month, I finally found the perfect coat, …

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REI TI Ware Non-Stick Pot

REI Titanium Pot.

The REI 1.3 L titanium pot has a non stick coating for easy cleanup. For years, all I did was boil water for freezer bag meals on the trail and I didn’t need a non-stick coating. But these days, I want the option of eating richer meals in winter and …

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REI Mistral Soft Shell Hiking Pants

It’s autumn in New England and day time temperatures are finally dropping down into the mid-40’s F, which I consider ideal hiking and backpacking weather. With the change of seasons, comes a change of hiking pants, and I’ve retired (i.e. destroyed) this year’s pair of Railrider Eco-mesh hiking pants and …

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