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Autumn in the Backcountry: A Water Tank & Sweet Dreams

Cascade Designs Platy® Water Tank

All backcountry travelers like to camp near a water source, but sometimes, it’s just not possible. For example, I have camped on Copper Ridge, where getting water meant a stiff climb down to Egg Lake to fill bottles and bring them back up on top of the ridge. At times like these, it’s a blessing to have a big enough water carrier to sustain thirsty backpackers for a while. The folks at Cascade Designs have a simple but effective solution to this problem: the venerable Platy® Water Tank. Available in three sizes (two, four, and six liters), the Water Tank is lightweight (ranging from 2.7 – 4.16 ounces, depending on size) and collapsible, making it easy to pack. Made of durable (BPA-free, BPS-free, and phthalate-free) plastic, it features a sturdy carry handle and a wide-mouth Big Zip™ opening that makes filling (and cleaning) a snap.

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir® Topo™ Sleeping Pad

Since they invented the self-inflating mattress back in 1972, the folks at Therm-a-Rest have never rested on their laurels, maintaining  a single-minded focus on engineering a good night’s rest for hikers. The NeoAir Topo continues this tradition. Three inches thick, with integrated insulation (R-Value: 2.3), and their remarkable WingLock™ valve, the Topo delivers comfort, warmth, and ease-of-use. At the end of the day, what more do you need?

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