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Best Insulated Water Bottles – Keep It Cold, Hot or Anyway You Want

Best Insulated Water Bottles – Keep It Cold, Hot or Anyway You Want

If you’re a regular hiker or backpacker and you’re still using a disposable plastic water bottle, It’s time to get serious. It’s time to quit buying water from Wal-Mart. So listen up, and get ready to hear about the best-insulated water bottles on the market. Why would I want an insulated water bottle? If you’ve found this article, chances are you already know the answer to this question. So go ahead and skip this section if you’d like. But if…

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The 6 Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking – Expert Endorsements

The 6 Best Sleeping Bags for Backpacking – Expert Endorsements

In a companion post to this one, we took a look at the most frequently recommended sleeping bags by real, everyday backpackers. Now let’s take a look at the best sleeping bags for backpacking that have been tried, tested and recommended by experts. Jump to the comparison table Before we jump into it, I want to make it clear that these are not your only options for sleeping bags. Backpacking can be done with much cheaper, albeit heavier and bulkier sleeping…

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Best Quilts for Backpacking – Real Deal Recommendations

Best Quilts for Backpacking – Real Deal Recommendations

There are literally thousands of sleeping bags out there. They come in all shapes and sizes and are made with all kinds of materials, fills, zippers, and clips. Go ahead and google ‘best sleeping bags’ and you’ll literally get about 400 million results. With that kind of information overload, it’s difficult to find out exactly which bags are the best sleeping bags for backpacking. It’s overwhelming, to say the least! You’ve got brands promoting their own bags, experts testing and…

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Top Outdoor Apps for Nature Loving Nomads

Top Outdoor Apps for Nature Loving Nomads

If you’re like me, then not only do you like to explore the outdoors every chance you get, but you also like to learn things about the world around you. I want to know the names of the birds I see, what kind of flower is growing next to my tent, and where I might catch some salamanders. That’s why I’ve assembled a list of my top outdoor apps for anyone who loves being in and learning about, nature. This…

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Laybakpak – What You Never Knew You Needed… And Probably Don’t

Laybakpak – What You Never Knew You Needed… And Probably Don’t

Laybakpak – Quick Summary Description: 65L rigid frame rucksack, with a removable frame that converts into a cot Where to buy: You can’t outright purchase it yet but you can back it on Kickstarter Pros: Can be used with or without the frame, quick set-up, adjustable harness/ straps, versatile Cons: weighs way too much for backpacking, cot only supports 220 lb’s Recommendation: If you’re a car-camper or anyone who frequently needs a cot and a bag, but doesn’t have to…

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Sawyer Water Filter Review – #waterbottlecuddles

Sawyer Water Filter Review – #waterbottlecuddles

Sawyer Water Filter Review – Quick Summary Description: Lightweight membrane filters to purify water for clean drinking Where to buy: I purchased mine from Amazon.com, but you can also find them at a variety of online and in-store retailers Pros: Lightweight, easy-to-use, versatile, long-lasting, guaranteed protection against bacteria and protozoa with 0.1-micron filtration, plus viruses with 0.02-micron filtration Cons: Slight plastic taste, the filter becomes damaged when frozen Warranty: Lifetime Warranty against any manufacturing defects There is a vast range of water…

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Merrell Hiking Boots Review – a Tough, yet Comfortable Boot You Can Rely on for Years

Merrell Hiking Boots Review – a Tough, yet Comfortable Boot You Can Rely on for Years

Merrell Hiking Boots Review – Quick Summary Description: Waterproof mid-height hiking boots with suede leather/ mesh uppers and rubber soles Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Pros: Durable, Stylish, Excellent Ankle Support Cons: Waterproofness doesn’t hold up under extreme weather or long-term water exposure Where to buy: Backcountry.com or Amazon.com for both Women’s and Men’s Discounts: For a limited time click here to claim 20% off at backcountry.com If I asked you, “What is the most important piece of backpacking equipment?”…

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