Outdoor adventure gifts are the best kind around. Below we highlight some can’t miss recommendations for anyone who enjoys backpacking, hiking, and camping. We have stocking stuffers, mid-range gifts, and big-ticket items for a range of budgets. So, give a gift that gets someone outdoors this year!
Also, save yourself the hassle of mall shopping during the holidays and order your gifts online. Then pour yourself a glass of nog and kick back. Most of the online retailers we recommend have free shipping options and make returns easy.
If you give the gift of Darn Tough Socks (men’s / women’s), you’re giving someone a pair of socks for life, which is rad. Darn Tough has an unconditional lifetime guarantee on their socks, no strings attached. So if you wear them out, you get a new pair. Also, it doesn’t hurt that they’re super comfortable and highly functional. Check out list of the Best Hiking Socks to see us brag about Darn Tough’s some more.
The Victorinox SD Classic is a handy and affordable multitool that we consider a must-have for everyone, especially those who want to keep “stuff” to a minimum. It has everything you need for simple, light-duty tasks like opening packaging and personal grooming, yet it’s so small and lightweight that it’s barely noticeable on a keyring. The Classic is our favorite compact multitool on our list of the Best Multitools.
When we’re heading out on an adventure, we always pack our Inui Battery Bank. It has a great balance of low weight, compact size, and charging capacity. It can charge a smartphone up to four times. For an even smaller and lighter package that will provide a couple of charges, go with the Inui Megapower 10000. Check out our Best Power Banks for Hiking list for more options.
We love this convenient and stylish Fanny Pack from Patagonia. Whether we’re bumming around town or going on a day hike, the multiple storage areas allow just enough space for just what you need without feeling bulky. Take a look at our Best Fanny Packs for Hiking list to see more of our favorites.
The FlowFold Minimalist Wallet is the perfect gift for the hiker in your life who’s still carrying their cards and ID around in a Ziploc bag. It’s made with recycled carbon fiber sailcloth, so it’s super lightweight, durable, and slim enough to fit in your front or back pocket. This is a great simple wallet for everyday use, but it’s also ultralight so you can use it for backpacking.
The Therm-a-Rest’s Z-Seat is a low-cost upgrade that can pay huge dividends in the comfort department on your next trip. Pull it out for a quick trail break or comfy seat in camp. The Z-Seat is affordable, durable, weighs next to nothing (2 oz.), and stows easily in your pack when not in use which is why we awarded it the number one spot on our Best Backpacking Chairs list.
A lot of tents come with low quality stakes and many ultralight shelters require strong stakes and guylines for a good pitch. The All One Tech Aluminum Stakes are durable, lightweight, affordable, and have great holding power. They’re not the lightest on the market, but they are much tougher than expensive carbon fiber stakes. Find out more on our list of the Best Tent Stakes.
The eVAC Dry Bag has a genius design that allows air to get out but won’t let water in. This allows for maximum compression in your pack, while keeping important items dry. These stuff sacks are worth the price tag when the weather turns bad. We find the 8L and the 13L sizes to be most useful for our needs. For a lighter and more cost effective alternative, try the Ultra-Sil Dry Bags. See how these compare on our list of the Best Stuff Sacks.
These food sacks from Hilltop Packs have wide openings so you can easily see what’s inside, but the best thing about them is that you can get them custom printed with whatever image/color scheme you like. Get a pet portrait, a summit photo, or a family memory printed on one so your favorite hiker can bring a slice of happiness with them on every trip! Get more ideas on our list of the Best Stuff Sacks.
It can be hard to eat real food when backpacking, but these little packets of goodness come along with us on every trip. They’re calorically dense, nutritious, and versatile. We mix Justin’s in our oatmeal, spread it on our apple, or just eat it out of the package. Buy in bulk and you’ll save some moolah. Also, be sure to give our Best Energy Bars guide a look for more ideas about great snacks to gift.
The BRS Ultralight Stove is so cheap and light (1 oz.) that it’s almost certainly within every backpacker’s budget. It’s not the highest quality stove on the market and has downsides (no simmer control, not terribly fuel efficient), but if you’re looking for a budget ultralight option, this is our top pick from Best Backpacking Stoves list.
We have spent years trying to perfect our backcountry coffee game and this is by far the most lightweight option. It costs less than $1 per serving and offers a decent-tasting and extremely convenient cup of coffee with no spent grounds or additional gear needed. For those reasons, VIA coffee remains #1 on our list of the Best Camping Coffee Makers.
The JoGo Brew Straw is perfect for anyone who loves coffee or tea on the go. Just pour hot water into your cup, wait a few minutes, then drink through the straw to strain your beverage. The JoGo is about as big as an ink pen, super lightweight, and it helps reduce stains on your teeth. We also love that it reduces packaging waste since you don’t need paper filters and you can use it over and over again with bulk coffee or loose-leaf tea.
The AeroPress Go is one of our all-time favorite coffee makers. This thing is awesome for those who want to enjoy great coffee or espresso on the go. The AeroPress Go is an excellent value since everything you need is included, and it’s our top gourmet coffee maker on our list of the Best Camping Coffee Makers.
The TOAKS Long Spoon may seem like a frivolous item, but we assure you it’s one of our favorite gear items in our pack. It’s long enough to allow you to scrape the bottom of freeze-dried dinner bags without getting saucy knuckles, and it’s stronger and lighter than a lot of plastic utensils. We recommend the polished version since it’s easier to clean and has a better mouthfeel.
We generally focus on keeping our gear lightweight when backpacking, but we make some exceptions for luxuries, like a warming beverage to celebrate a day on the trail. The Platypus SoftBottle will hold 3/4 of a bottle of wine or a pint of whiskey. The best part is, this flask is ultralight and folds totally flat when empty.
We prefer low-cut running socks for our hiking trips (We wear trail running shoes, not boots) and these Balega socks are the best we’ve found yet. They breathe well, last a long time, and have a good amount of padding. They also have a thick lip on the heel of the sock so they won’t slip down into your shoe. The Balegas are some of our favorites from our Best Socks list.
Because every stocking needs some underwear. ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs and ExOfficio Women’s Bikini Briefs are great for day-to-day use, but they’re also amazing on the trail. They’re moisture-wicking, made from quick-dry material, and they’re the most comfortable underwear we’ve ever worn. Period.
We wear REI’s Fleece Gloves (men’s and women’s) pretty much every day in the fall and winter. They made our list of the Best Winter Gloves because they’re super light, soft, and they have tech-compatible fingers so you can use your phone with them on. Everyone can use a pair of these super versatile gloves that work great for any activity from town to trail.
Strike the right balance between comfort and preparedness with the Ultralight/Watertight .5 Adventure Medical Kit. We never head into the backcountry without one. The .5 is good for short treks and day trips. The .7 Kit is worth consideration for longer trips. See them both on our Best First Aid Kits list.
Permethrin is a chemical that you spray on clothing before heading into the woods for bug protection. It works well and it’s much more effective than using bug spray on clothing. Use a combination of Permethrin on clothing and a small amount of Picaridin on skin for maximum bug protection.
Ditch your DEET, cuz there’s a new player in the game that’ll make you feel less radioactive. Picaridin Insect Repellent from Sawyer is our new go-to bug dope. It’s a no-odor, non-greasy lotion that you apply to skin to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, gnats, and chiggers. And unlike DEET, it won’t harm your gear or equipment.
Cleaning and waterproofing your quality rain shells will help you get the most out of them for the long run. That’s why this Nikwax Hardshell Kit makes an excellent small gift for adventurers. Also, Nikwax Down Wash is a great product for revitalizing stinky down jackets and sleeping bags. Get the soft fluff back!
This might not be the sexiest gift on the list, but little plastic containers (and Ziplocs bags) are a huge part of any backpacker’s game plan. The Nalgene Travel Kit helps save space and cut down on unnecessary weight for toiletries, bio soap, and cooking accessories like olive oil and hot sauce.
Keeping the contents of your backpack dry can be a real challenge, but the Nylofume Pack Liner makes that a problem of the past. This simple liner will ensure that your things stay dry in the wettest conditions without adding weight to your load. That’s why it’s our top pack liner pick on our list of the Best Stuff Sacks.
When we go on backcountry trips we try to keep weight to a minimum, but we also want to stay fresh and clean. A PackTowlmakes a perfect accessory for drying off after washing up or a swim. They’re super absorbent, crazy light, and they dry very quickly. They make a great small gift for any backpacker.
Although this pillow is a bit heavy to pack for lightweight backpacking trips, the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow is one of the most comfortable camping pillows we’ve used. It feels almost like the pillows we use at home, but it’s more compact, and it doesn’t matter if it gets dropped in the dirt. Learn more about this pillow and other lightweight pillows on our Best Backpacking Pillows list.
Time to elevate your outdoor adventure grub! Brought to you by three badass woman who biked across Canada together, this outdoor-focused cookbook features over 120 delicious and easy-to-follow recipes for camping and backcountry adventures. If you’re handy in the kitchen, you could also make and gift some homemade backpacking meals from our recipes page.
One of our favorite backpacking writers, Cam “Swami” Honan collaborated with Gestaltan to produce this beautiful and inspiring adventure book that cover some of the most stunning trails in the world. His first hardcover book, Wanderlust, is also drool-worthy and worth a look.
The 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles books series is a great hiking resource and has many versions for cities scattered across the US. We love how the author organizes the content based on the type of hike you’re looking for, distances, seasons, etc. Check to see if they have your city and you won’t be disappointed.
Epic adventures mean epic photos. The Fugetek Lightweight Tripod and Bluetooth Selfie Stick is light enough for backpacking and compact enough for travel.
MICROspikes add traction to any type of hiking footwear to help you avoid slips and falls on icy winter trails. The Micros are our faves for backcountry terrain, but you’ll also find shoes studs for slick parking lots and other types of terrain on our list of the Best Traction Devices.
Why not give a gift that will inspire outdoor travel and support a good cause? More than 80% of the proceeds for the National Parks Pass go straight into protecting and improving our national parks. And if you purchase your pass through REI, they’ll donate 10% of sale proceeds directly to the national park foundation as well.
The Altra Lone Peak Trail Running Shoes (men’s and women’s) are incredibly popular in the thru hiking community and with good reason. They’re lightweight, comfortable, and feature a very roomy “foot shaped” toe box. They rank at the top of our lists of the Best Hiking Shoes for Men & Women and Best Trail Running Shoes for Men & Women..
We wear trail running shoes for most of our backcountry hiking trips (except winter treks). Check out our article 5 reasons to ditch your hiking boots to learn why. We’re currently rocking the Saucony Peregrine shoes (men’s & women’s) and we absolutely love them. They have comfortable padding, fantastic traction, and they rank highly on our lists of the Best Hiking Shoes for Men & Women and Best Trail Running Shoes for Men & Women.
This comfy slip-on shoe is like wearing a sleeping bag around your feet, but with a sole that has the durability of a running shoe. Stylish and comfortable, these mocs are great for around camp or around town. Visit our Best Camp Shoes list to see more of our favorite comfy lounging shoes.
These minimal, versatile, and stowable daypacks are great for nearly any excursion and they make excellent gifts. They’re good for carrying light loads and can easily be stuffed into a larger bag on longer trips. We prefer the Flash 22 over the Flash 18 because of the lid pocket and water bottle holsters, but both packs work well.
The Osprey Talon 22 for men and Tempest 20 for women are great daypacks and are at the top of our Best Daypacks list. They have a simple design, but still get the details right. Hip belt pockets, water bottle holsters, a hydration pouch sleeve, back mesh pocket, trekking pole attachment loops, and a comfortable back pad make this pack a winner for day hikes and around town.
The MSR PocketRocket 2 is a dependable, durable, and effective backcountry stove. It has simmer control to make backcountry cooking easier and it pairs well any lightweight cook pot. This backcountry classic is our favorite stove from our Best Backpacking Stoves list and it makes an excellent gift.
The Mini Solo Set is a durable titanium cook set that’s ideal for lightweight backpacking trips. It’s been our go-to for years, so it was a no-brainer to add it to the top of our list of the Best Backpacking Cookware. The pot, lid, cup, stove, and fuel all fit into one small and convenient package. Pair it with a small canister stove to complete your cooking system.
The Jetboil Flash is an ideal cooking system for any outdoor adventure. It’s sturdy, light, compact, and highly efficient. The Flash boils water very quickly, which makes cooking in the backcountry much easier and earned it a spot on our Best Backpacking Stoves list. The Jetboil Coffee Press makes an excellent addition to this gift.
If you’ve got someone on your list who hunts, fishes, or makes their own backcountry meals, a FoodSaver is a practical gift that will get a ton of use. A vacuum sealer drastically lengthens the shelf-life of dried food and it comes in handy for many other things in the kitchen.
The Coleman Classic Camping Stove has been a favorite among campers for generations. The Classic was built to suit the average camper’s needs, so instead of being super powerful, it balances moderate heat output with smart fuel efficiency. We named the Coleman Classic the best budget stove on our Best Camping Stoves list.
The Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Stove is a great cooker for car camping. It has a push-button igniter, simmer control, each burner kicks out a ton of heat, it’s easy to clean, and it packs away nicely. That’s pretty much everything you want for a great cookout in the backcountry. Learn more about this stove on our Best Camping Stoves list.
Hydro Flask vacuum bottles are great for keeping cold beverages cold (24 hours) and hot drinks hot (12 hours). They come in a range of sizes and colors, are great for packing beer, coffee, tea, and soup. They’re number one on our list of the Best Water Bottles and are sure to make excellent gifts for anyone with an active lifestyle.
The Sawyer Squeeze is one of the most compact, lightest (2 oz.), and affordable water filtration systems on the market. Highly versatile, you can either attach the filter directly to a water bottle, attach it to a hydration pack, or squeeze into a bottle for later consumption. If you’re a lightweight backpacker, this should be in your gear rotation. Get more info about this filter on our list of the Best Water Filters.
No more squeezing, pumping, or ingesting funky-tasting chemicals. You can kick back and relax for a few minutes at watering holes while the Platypus GravityWorks does the work of filtering for you. The 4-liter version is featured on our Best Water Filters list as a great option for pairs or groups, but there’s also a 2-liter for those that prefer a slightly more compact system.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Stuff Sack Pillow is one of our favorite backpacking tools of the year. This stuff sack pillow weighs almost nothing (1.4 oz), feels soft against the skin, and has a rectangular shape like the pillow you use at home. We like it so much that we gave it a spot on our Best Camp Pillows list.
From backyard chillin’ to campsite loungin’ the ENO DoubleNest Hammock is a comfy option for those looking for something simple. This hammock is spacious for one, strong enough to hold two, and easy to set up, so it’s great for beginners. Don’t forget to grab a set of ENO Atlas Straps to complete the package. Learn more on our Best Hammocksguide.
The Hummingbird Single is incredibly light (5.2 oz.) and small, making it an excellent choice for anyone with an active lifestyle. Hummingbird Hammocks utilize the lightest materials and designs to keep their hammocks as portable, packable, and comfortable as possible. For this reason, we named it best ultralight hammock on our Best Hammocks list. Hummingbird Ultralight Tree Straps (2.1 oz) are also the lightest straps we’ve found and they work great.
While we don’t often take chairs on backpacking trips, we do love using them while car camping or on short jaunts with friends. The Helinox Chair Zero is comfortable, sturdy, and packs down very small, so it’s an excellent gift for those on the go. We pair it with our Helinox Table One and we’re set. Check out more about the Chair Zero on our Best Backpacking Chairs list.
The REI Flexlite family of chairs come in a bunch of fun variations, but our favorites are the Flexlite Air for backpackers, the Flexlite Camp Dreamer for car camping, and the Flexlite Camp Chair for those who want one chair that works for both backpacking and car camping. These chairs are all compact, portable, and affordable. Check out more about these chairs on our Best Camping Chairs and Best Backpacking Chairs lists.
We love the mission of Cotopaxi, but we also really love their gear. The Teca Half-Zip Windbreaker (men’s & women’s) is comfortable, super stylish, and just loads of fun. It’s a great light jacket for days when all you need is to break the wind. Learn more about the Teca on our list of the Best Windbreaker Jackets.
The Aeropex Headphones from Shokz OpenRun are a truly cool piece of technology. They use bone conduction to deliver sound through your cheekbones. What does that mean? It means your ears remain open so you can still hear traffic and conversations around you. These headphones are the perfect gift for runners, cyclists, and backpackers who like to jam, but need to stay aware of their surroundings.
The Barnacle Vibe 2.0 is one of the most versatile portable speakers we’ve ever used. It’s waterproof, puts out great sound, and it floats. The suction cup design allows it to be stuck to things like a kayak, a stand-up paddleboard, or the side of a bathtub.
If you want someone to feel loved and comforted every day, you can’t go wrong with gifting a pair of glerups. They come in different styles, from slip-on, to shoes, and boots. No matter which style you choose, all are warm, breathable, and stylish enough to go out in. The leather soles make excellent house shoes during the cold seasons, while the rubber soles are great for camp and jaunts to the mailbox.
This 3rd generation camera clip from Peak Design allows you to carry your camera in a comfortable, secure, and easy to access manner for any outdoor adventure. It easily attaches to your backpack strap and is compatible with any camera. For the hiker in your life who always travels with a camera, this is a great gift!
We crowned the Ursack the best food bag on our list of the Best Stuff Sacks on the market. It’s much easier to pack in a backpack than a bear canister and it’s heck of a lot lighter too. It’s bulletproof fabric will keep your food away from bears, but it will also keep out small critters, which is a more common annoyance.
Gaia GPS gives you access to an impressive catalog of over 50 downloadable and printable base maps. You’ll find maps such as National Geographic Trails Illustrated, NeoTracks US Topo, and ESRI World Imagery. This is the navigation app we use for most of our backcountry adventures.
The Suunto M-3 D Leader is our top pick compass for reliable navigation in the field. One handy feature of this compass is adjustable declination correction, which is a calculation that trips up many backpackers in the field. The luminous markings are a nice touch as well for nighttime use.
The Silver Shadow Umbrella from Six Moon Designs is the perfect gift for a thru-hiker or any hiker in your life. It’s quick and easy to deploy and pack away while on the move and provide convenient rain protection without causing the body to overheat. Pro Tip: Snag the Hands-Free Umbrella Kit to attach to your backpack for ease of use.
At only 7.1 ounces, the C.A.M.P. Corsa is one of the lightest ice axes on the market. For serious mountaineering, this is probably isn’t the right tool, but for early season snow crossings on backpacking trips, this ice axe is excellent. It’s light, it’s effective, and our go-to ice axe when there’s snow on the trail.
The Benchmade Bugout 535 is one of our all-time favorite pocket knives since it’s both exceptionally lightweight and has a very sharp blade made with premium steel. The Bugout is perfect for every day carry and we named it the best ultralight knife on our Best Pocket Knives list.
Big Ticket Items
The Copper Spur HV UL2 is an excellent lightweight tent with great features for backpackers of all levels. It has all the features for maximizing comfort – freestanding, double-wall, near-vertical sidewalls, two large doors/vestibules, interior pockets – and it’s still somehow under 3lbs. The Copper Spur HV UL2 is at at the top of our Best Backpacking Tents list.
The ZPacks Duplex and Triplex are an ultralight backpackers dream come true. They’re our top choice for long-distance backpacking and thru-hiking on our Best Backpacking Tentsand Best Ultralight Tents lists. The Duplex and Triplex are built out of unbelievably light Dyneema Composite Fabric, which is a completely waterproof material that won’t sag like silnylon in the rain. This tent would make an excellent gift for an ultralight backpacker or thru-hiker.
REI’s Magma 15 (men’s / women’s) and Magma 30 (men’s / women’s) sleeping bags have a combination of weight, warmth, and cost that is hard to beat. We also love REI’s recently released Magma Trail Quilt for those looking for more versatility. Both of these can be found near the top of our Best Sleeping Bags and Best Backpacking Quilts lists.
The Revelation Quilt is one of our favorite lightweight quilts. We hate feeling constricted by tight fitting bags and the Revelation gives us the flexibility to spread out and sleep comfortably in the backcountry. It can be cinched up tight on chilly nights or used as a blanket in more temperate weather. The Revelation is our favorite quilt from our Best Backpacking Sleeping Bags and Best Backpacking Quilts lists.
Western Mountaineering makes some of the highest quality, lightest, and warmest sleeping bags we’ve ever tested and the Alpinlite is one of their most popular designs. They also offer the UltraLite which is a little lighter than the Alpinlite. Learn more on our Best Sleeping Bags list.
NeoAir sleeping pads have the best balance of comfort and weight out of all the trail beds on the market. The Uberlite is the ultimate pad for ultralight backpackers who do most of their trips in the summertime. The XLite NXT is a bit tougher and warmer for those that need more versatility for multi-season adventures. And the XTherm NXT is our top pick for cold sleepers and four-season trips. Get more details on these gems by visiting our Best Sleeping Pads list.
If you’re looking for a super comfortable, cushy camping mattress for two that’s durable and easy to use, you can’t beat the Exped MegaMat Duo. It’s a generous four inches thick, so you won’t feel pressure points or bottom out if you toss and turn throughout the night. For solo campers or for those needing something a little less bulky, go with the MegaMat 10. Learn more about the mattresses on our Best Camping Mattresseslist.
The Hyperlite Mountain Gear Unbound 40 / 55 strike an exceptional balance between weight, weather resistance, and durability. These burly ultralight backpacks have a minimal design, but their frames are highly effective and feel sturdier than most lightweight packs. It’s our top ultralight pick on our list of the Best Backpacking Packs on the market.
The Atmos (men’s sizes) and Aura (women’s sizes) also have a lot more padding than many other packs and may be more comfortable for hikers who tend to carry a little heavier of a load. Check out how the Atmos and Aura compare to our other favorite packs on our list of the Best Backpacking Backpacks.
The Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket (men’s and women’s) is a tried-and-true favorite in the hiking community for its solid durability and excellent weather protection. The stylish design and high-quality materials give it the appeal of a premium jacket but at a more accessible price. This jacket is our top pick from our list of the Best Rain Jackets.
The Patagonia Down Sweater Hoodie (men’s & women’s) is a warm, well-rounded jacket that’s stylish and practical to wear on a daily basis. It’s offered at an affordable price point for the quality too. We named it the best down jacket for everyday wear on our list of the Best Down Jackets.
The YETI Tundra 45 is one of the most durable and highest quality coolers on the market, which earned it a spot on our Best Coolers list. YETI Coolers are nearly indestructible, they stay cold for a preposterously long time, and they come in a range of sizes. That quality does come at a cost, but if you’re looking for the best cooler out there, this is your guy.
There’s nothing like a picnic or an ice-cold bevy outdoors, and the YETI Hopper Flip Soft Cooler is the best of the best for those who agree. This stylish side sling cooler brings the best in ice-retention and rugged durability to all your activities from the campsite to the block party. See the Hopper on our list of the Best Coolers.
The Cotopaxi Allpa has everything we look for in a travel pack – streamlined organization, easy-access pockets, a comfortable carry, and unique style. The Allpa is number one on our list of the Best Travel Backpacks and will make a great gift for the traveler in your life.
The Patagonia Black Hole 55 has been our go-to duffel bag for a long time because it’s durable, comfortable to carry, and amazingly versatile. We use it for camping, air travel, weekend getaways — even the gym. The Black Hole is an excellent value and we highly recommend it for anyone who needs a stylish and long-lasting duffel with excellent weather resistance. Check it out on our lists of the Best Duffel Bags & Best Travel Backpacks.
Garmin makes some of the coolest GPS watches on the market, and many of them made our Best GPS Watches list. For those needing advanced maps, we recommend the Fenix 7. The Instinct Solar is perfect for backpackers because of its long battery life. Runners will like the comfortable fit of the feature-rich Forerunner 955. If you want something a little more stylish for everyday wear, the Venu 2 looks great and has a ton of fitness features.
The Garmin inReach Mini 2 is a small and lightweight two-way communicator, GPS device, and emergency locator beacon all in one. We like carrying one for peace of mind on extended trips in the backcountry. If you prefer a full-size unit, the inReach Explorer is also a great option.
We love nature photography, but we also don’t want to lug ten pounds of photo equipment with us on backpacking trips. That’s why we hike with the Sony RX100 III. The digital sensor in this camera is much larger than most point-and-shoot models, which means we get fantastic photos from a compact, lightweight camera.
We absolutely love our Kindle Paperwhite for downtimes on a camping or backpacking trip. It’s gentle on the eyes, has a backlight for nighttime reading, and makes finding great books simple. We take ours out on most trips, especially solo jaunts in the backcountry. it’s now available in a waterproof version with more storage!
The MSR Lightning Ascents (men’s & women’s) are best-in-class snowshoes that will make any winter trekker swoon. Along with solid overall construction, they have excellent traction, which is critical on icy surfaces. They also come with televators, which are advantageous on hilly terrain. We prefer the smaller 22 in. size for maneuverability with the option to add 5 inch flotation tails when there’s a lot of deep powder.
This heavy duty water purifier may just be the most reliable and effective water filtration system. It physically removes viruses, bacteria, protozoa and dirt quickly and easily on backpacking trips and international travel. The MSR Guardian is not cheap, nor is it lightweight, but if reliability and safety are your top priorities, this is the filter you want. Learn more about the Guardian on our Best Water Filters list.