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December 16, 2020  |  Tips & Guides  |  Water Filtration

PennLive: Potential stocking stuffers for the outdoorsy on your list

New gear and gadgets for the outdoor enthusiast. Photo by Marcus Schneck.

Potential stocking stuffers for the outdoorsy on your list

Every year it seems there just can’t be any space for new outdoor products. Then the manufacturers begin unveiling their new products and new variations on old products.

Portable water treatment for backpackers, hikers and other outdoor travelers have been a constantly changing benchmark for many years with innovations and design changes coming annually. This year Sawyer Products unveiled the Squeeze system with a cluster of micro-fibrous tubes, similar to medical dialysis designs. Gentle pressure on the bladder forces water through the side of the tubes, where bacteria and protozoa are trapped. The lightweight system comes with its own bladders, but also can be paired with a range of bottles and hydration packs. LifeStraw this year has put its 2-stage filtration system – membrane microfilter and activated carbon filter – into a sturdy, 24-ounce, double-wall insulated, stainless steel bottle with a flexible, flip-top mouthpiece.

The ViperSharp ceramic knife=sharpening kit allows for honing a precisely sharp edge on a blade, with a notchless adjustment base that allows the user to decide on the exact angle rather than picked from a few preset angles. The portability of the base allows for use of your predominant hand rather than attempting ambidextrous maneuvers. The knobs on the handle allow even large and fumbling fingers to male precise sharpening strokes.

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