Poll | What's the best way to treat water in the backcountry? - SNEWS

Choosing your water treatment method is all about trade-offs. Factors to consider include weight, speed, foolproofness, taste, and ease of use. We've all got our favorite method...what's yours?

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Poll | Who makes the best water treatments?

Water is a must while hiking and when you can't carry enough for your trip, you clean it in the backcountry. Mountain streams might be tempting, but even if it's crystal clear, it's definitely dirtier than it looks. It'd be a serious bummer to get giardia halfway through your ...read more

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Poll | Which brand makes your go-to water bottle?

You most likely have more than one drinking vessel. The dozen backups in your cupboard at home. The extra few at work. The forgotten one rolling around in the trunk of your car. Then, the chosen one you never leave home without. This summer, we want you to bring that one to ...read more

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Quick poll | Bottle or bladder?

They both have advantages but what is your liquid delivery method of choice in the backcountry? Are you a traditionalist who doesn't mind stopping, fishing out your bottle, and quenching your thirst? Or do you prefer to drink on the fly with a reservoir/tube system. There's no ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the best trekking poles?

Hikers who use trekking poles swear they save their knees and improve their balance. Nowadays, poles are lighter, more compact and durable, and molded to fit gender-specific hands. If trekking poles are part of your hiking kit, which brand do you like best? ...read more

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Poll | Who makes the approach shoes?

An approach to a crag could be walking across a road or scrambling straight up scree, but either way, you want to feel safe and secure on asphalt or while traversing rocks. And you also don't want to be left lugging heavy, leather hiking boots up a route. These 11 brands seek to ...read more

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5-second poll | What type of baselayer do you prefer?

It's all about the base. Are you on Team Wool, Team Synthetic, or Team Blended? Wool is warm, breathable, and doesn't get rank after multiple days of wear. Synthetics are less expensive and wick wicked good. Blends try to do it all. We've all got our pet baselayers. Vote here ...read more

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Poll | Fess up: Do you use Amazon?

Take our anonymous poll to see how much of the outdoor industry supports the online mega-retailer with their dollars. We all love to rag on Amazon as the evil machine that's crushing independent specialty retail, stealing jobs, and spewing carbon with it's delivery army. But ...read more

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Poll | How do you pronounce "Vibram?"

You say tomato, I say...wait, does anyone really say tom-ah-to? The waters are a little muckier with the Italian rubber outsole giant. We promise, we won't judge ... but apparently there IS a right way to pronounce Vibram.  Oh, and full disclosure, we've been saying it the wrong ...read more

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5-second poll | What is the best camp stove ever made?

If your pick isn't listed, post it in the comment section. ...read more