The AutoFlow microfilter from MSR is hands-down the best gravity water filter we’ve tested. And test we did, putting it through the wringer on a 25-day winter Grand Canyon trip where we asked it do all the filtering for a group of 16 boaters. The compact bag filter was still flowing hundreds of gallons later when we hit Lake Mead, continuing to keep the nasties out of our crew’s drinking water. The big innovation is that when the filter starts to clog, it can be attached to the bag backwards, which pushes all the gunk out of the filter element. When the water runs clear, flip it back around and it’s good to go. The AutoFlow has been around for a while but the latest version is even lighter bringing the total weight down to an impressive 11 ounces without compromising performance.
The complete holiday gift guide from our editors.
Sweat resistant bluetooth ear buds that are perfect for flat water exercise paddling or cruisy tours.
A welcome update to a classic must-pack item for paddling in the heat.
A proven performer updated with the flex and response of wood plus carbon-light swing weight.
A rugged roll-top drybag with a rebuilt valve.
Durable, waterproof Bluetooth speakers that float
A water-ready trail shoe.
The Camelbak Ultra 10 is the reigning champ for quality hydration packs.
A multipurpose, rechargeable power station and LED light.
An action cam with voice control, 4k video and a touch screen.
A larger microfiber towel that still packs small.
Flannel-lined work pants and a fleece-lined flannel shirt make the perfect gift of cold weather camp gear for a paddling dirtbag.
A convenient hip flask to boost your holiday spirit(s) in the backcountry.
A gossamer-thin, made-in-the-USA merino wool sweater.
Lightweight sandals that fit easily into a kayak and wear well in any situation.
Two down pillow options for comfort campers and intrepid paddlers.
An ultra-bright string of white LEDs to light up your life.
An intelligent camera remote that allows full control over your camera.
A durable hammock using a patented nylon blend.
Small ticket items for intrepid campers.
The Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger is a small, portable battery to power your gadgets.
A packable tripod for lightweight photo adventures.
The Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero is the ultimate camp chair for light-and-fast adventures.
A soft-sided, packable water bottle with an integrated filter.