Throughout the years, I’ve heard the same question asked over and over again. Newbie hikers looking to step up their game ask the question: Do I Need Hiking Boots? Is a pair of burly boots really necessary to hike through the woods or go backpacking? You don’t need to wear… Read More »Do I Need Hiking Boots? Hiking Boots vs Shoes
It probably seems ridiculous to buy a $20 pair of hiking socks when you can buy regular cotton socks for $1. While I don’t consider myself wealthy, I do have a few pairs of hiking socks in my wardrobe. Are hiking socks worth it or can I get away with… Read More »Are Hiking Socks Worth It?
You’ll see lots of different backpacks on the trail. They range from simple daypacks to 100+ Liter packs filled the brim with all kinds of hiking gear. Is there a way to get around paying for a ridiculously priced hiking backpack? Can you use a regular backpack for hiking? Yes,… Read More »Can You Use a Regular Backpack For Hiking?
Sawyer makes some ridiculous claims about the lifespan of their water filters. With a .1 absolute micron filter it’s small enough to filter bacteria/protozoa, but open enough to prevent clogging. The Mini and Squeeze filters are rated up to 100,000 gallons, but how long will they actually last? How many… Read More »How Many Times Can You Use a Sawyer Water Filter?
Think about how you handle your water filter. Most of us just toss our filter into storage after getting home and don’t think about it until our next trip. Sawyer filters take weeks to dry so putting them in dark storage can definitely lead to mold growth. What if there’s… Read More »What If There’s Mold In My Sawyer Water Filter?
Camping in cold weather brings lots of additional challenges. People often forget that their water filters can freeze causing major short/long term problems. That brings up a major question. What happens if a Sawyer water filter freezes? Do not let your Sawyer Water Freeze! The insides will expand, filter media… Read More »What Happens if a Sawyer Water Filter Freezes?
Sawyer water filters can filter over 100,000 gallons of water throughout their lifetime, but that doesn’t mean it won’t eventually clog. Think about the water you’re running through the filter. Murky, muddy, algae infested pond water can quickly clog up a sawyer water filter. How do you unclog a Sawyer… Read More »How Do You Unclog a Sawyer Water Filter?
While viruses aren’t typically encountered in North America, many areas of the world have contaminated water (hepatitis A, norovirus, rotavirus, etc.). Historically, water filters haven’t been able to handle viruses. That’s changed over the past couple of years, but what filter do we need to remove viruses? Will a 1… Read More »Will A 1 Micron Filter Remove Viruses?
The Sawyer Mini Water Filter is easily one of the most versatile backpacking water filters on the market. It’s one of the lightest and conveniently compact filters currently available. You really can’t go wrong with a Sawyer Mini Filter. It can be used as a gravity filter, attached to a… Read More »Can You Drink Straight From The Sawyer Mini?
Backpacking water filters are great at removing bacteria and protozoa, but most of them fall short when it comes to viruses. In the past couple years a few products have hit the market claiming to filter viruses, but do they really work? Does the Sawyer Mini Filter Viruses? The Sawyer… Read More »Does The Sawyer Mini Filter Viruses?