Backpacker: Essentials Gear
Learn which gear essentials to never leave at home with expert advice from Backpacker Magazine.
This tried-and-true filter is guaranteed to last.
When the Squeeze debuted in 2012 it represented a major leap in water filter technology, and we gave it an Editors’ Choice Award. Almost a decade later, it’s still one of the best filters on the market: It weighs just 3 ounces, can filter up to a million gallons, and provides clean water quickly via its included 32-ounce squeeze pouch or a plastic water bottle. Sawyer has since introduced smaller, lighter filters, but the longevity of the original Squeeze system still makes it a favorite of hikers everywhere. Get the Squeeze from EMS for 20 percent off its $49.99 list price, dropping it to $39.99.
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