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The Best Hiking Tech of 2016

(Inga Hendrickson)

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Spending the night outside just got brighter, cleaner, and easier.


MSR Guardian Water Purifier

Backcountry water pumps are easy to use and durable. Trouble is, most strip out only protozoa and bacteria, not tiny viruses. Enter the Guardian: the filter’s pores are ten times smaller than the competition’s, stopping even the smallest bugs.

Price $350

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Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Charger

Solar panels can be finicky, draining the device you’re trying to charge when daylight wanes. Not so the netbook-size Nomad 7. A light sensor keeps tabs on how much sun’s available. If clouds roll in mid-charge, the unit powers down and then resumes when skies clear.

Price $100

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Gerber 39 Series Micarta Knife  

A good knife is as important as a good tent. We used the Micarta for everything from collecting kindling to slicing ripe tomatoes to powering through heavy rope—all tasks it excelled at because of its one-handed thumb lift and burly steel blade. 

Price $170

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Jetboil MicroMo Stove 

The MicroMo boils water just as fast and simmers just as smoothly as Jetboil’s 32-ounce MiniMo, but in a svelter 27-ounce package. Expect to have water for two cups of coffee ready in about two minutes. It’ll also cook a freeze-dried meal in no time. 

Price $130

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‚ÄčBrunton Resync 6000 Charger

The wallet-size Resync 6000 packs enough juice to resuscitate your smartphone four times. But its coolest feature is the built-in solar panel, which lets you refuel the waterproof unit without an outlet. Just be patient: the process takes about 50 hours.    

Price $90

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Leatherman Signal Multitool

The Signal packs 19 essential trail tools into a sleek package that’s about half the size of your smartphone. Our two favorites: the fire-starting ferro rod and the 2.7-inch saw, which made short work of twine and twigs.   

Price $100

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From Summer Buyer's Guide 2016
Filed To: Summer Buyer's GuideHiking and Backpacking
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson
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