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The Best Hiking Tech of 2016

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)

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

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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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Brunton 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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