A couple of months ago I came back (early) from my hike in the artic circle. I have been reflecting on the gear that I brought with me. In this post I will describe my experiences with the gear. You can find the complete gear list here.
I have written a number of reviews about the bigger gear I was bringing with me, but I haven’t written about the smaller pieces. There are quite a lot of pieces which I had with me and a number of them I used (almost) every day. For example, the water filter. I brought with me the Sawyer (care plus) mini. It did work fine but after a couple of days I wished I had brought the normal sized Sawyer with me. It is a bit heavier but the flow rate is much better and filtering water will go a lot quicker. Especially when the water is cold it will be pretty nice to filter water faster. On a next trip I will be bringing the normal size Sawyer filter.
The Sawyer water filter works very nice with the platypus water bags. I brought 3 with me and none of them broke and they don’t weigh anything. The only downside to a platypus bottle in comparison to for example a Nalgene bottle that it is a bit harder to collect water from a stream. With the small opening and being flexible, it is a bit more work to collect water but for me I still prefer the platypus bottles because of the weight.
The knife I brought with me was a Leatherman multitool, the Squirt PS4. It’s a small one and the weight is only 56 grams. My concern was that it would be too small but in one word, it was perfect. I never wished I had a bigger knife for cooking or repairing stuff. The small scissors also work very nice so for sure I would recommend it to anyone.
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