Here's what you can do to keep your filter in good shape and how to know when it's time to spring for a new one
We break down the science behind these devices and explore which ones will keep you safest
We stopped seven trekkers passing through Oregon to find out what they couldn't live without on their 2,550-mile journeys
If you want clean, safe water in the backcountry, this is the only purifier you should be buying
19 essentials designed to keep you alive
The outdoors can be deadly if you're unprepared. But these gear items will help you make it home alive—even if everything else goes wrong.
Kor’s slick Nava filter can process about 40 gallons, or 220 refills before requiring replacement
Of the dozens of poles, stoves, multitools, and other essentials we tested this year, we kept reaching for these six, from the Brunton Get-Back GPS, which stores up to three waypoints and steers you to the trailhead, to MSR SureLock TR-3s, which, at 20 ounces a pair, aren't ultralight, but they are quite sturdy and strong.
These six gadgets, from the AT&T Pantech Element, a waterproof, Android-based 8.3-inch tablet, to the Mophie Juice Pack Outdoor Edition, which doubles the battery life of your iPhone 4 or 4S, to the Steripen Freedom, a tiny water purifier, won't revolutionize your life on the road. But we promise they'll make it a lot easier.
What is the best method, gear, and brand for water purification in the backcountry. Would you recommend a water filter, a pump, or something like Steripen, or just water purification tablets or even a mixture of both? Nick Bangor, ME
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