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Gear Guide: MSR Guardian Backpacking Purifier/Filter

The MSR Guardian Purifier is the most advanced back-country filter. Most water filters out there are exactly that, water filters. The MSR guardian is a filer and purifier. That means it has the ability to filter out viruses too. This is the ultimate filter for 3rd world travel or the most rugged back-country terrain. This technology was developed by our US military squads and now this advanced technology is available to travelers around the world.

Its advanced hollow fiber filter offers the most reliable way to purify even filthy water conditions. Add its long-lasting performance and revolutionary self-cleaning ease, and this may be the only treatment device you’ll ever need.

Ever since the introduction of this purifier, the MSR Guardian Purifier has been racking up awards for their advanced holo-fill technology.

  • Ultimate Protection: Meets NSF protocol P248, testing standard used by U.S. military, for removal of viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and sediment from “worst-case” water conditions.
  • Fast & Easy: Pumps a rapid 2.5 liters per minute, offering added viral protection without the need for chemicals, bulbs, batteries, or waiting.
  • Self-Cleaning: Pump self-cleans on every stroke, providing consistently fast flow rates with zero hassle—no backflushing or filter-scrubbing ever required.
  • Long-Lasting: Leading-edge hollow fiber cartridge treats up to 10,000+ liters.
  • Extremely Durable: Engineered to withstand heavy use, freezing, drops*, and harsh environments.

Awards:

The MSR Guardian Purifier is “Staff Approved” and available at Pacific Outfitters.

Pacific Outfitters has locations in Arcata, CA – Eureka, CA – Ukiah, CA. We are Humboldt & Mendocino County’s premiere Outdoor Store!

Goal Zero Torch 250 - Pacific Outfitters

Gear Guide: Goal Zero Torch 250 – Solar Powered/Crank Powered/Power Storage

The Goal Zero Torch 250 is a very unique flashlight. This is a multi-functional device and it’s completely sustainable.

What make the Goal Zero Torch 250 multi-functional is due to the fact that this device is a flashlight and a power storage device. You can charge all your outdoor devices off this flashlight.

What makes the Goal Zero Torch 250 sustainable is due to the fact that this service is solar powered and crank powered. If the weather isn’t great of you need an extra boost in the evening, you can always hand crank it.

We’ve seen hand crank flashlight, solar powered flashlights, solar powered power storage devices, etc. But to have all of these features encompassed into on device is truly unique. For these reasons, we feel that this is a must have device for any outdoor gear geek.

Goal Zero Torch 250 - Pacific Outfitters

Charge Times:

  • Goal Zero Nomad – 7-14 hours
  • Built in solar – 23-48 hours
  • USB Source – 7 hours
Goal Zero Torch 250 - Pacific Outfitters
  • 250 Lumens Flashlight
  • 180 Lumens Spotlight
  • 80 Lumens Floodlight
Goal Zero Torch 250 - Pacific Outfitters

Charge your:

  • Cellphones
  • Tablets
  • GPS
  • MP3 Player
  • Point & Shoot Camera / GoPro Camera

Use this device backpacking, car camping, put it in your survival bag, your car, etc. The Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight is “Staff Approved” and available at Pacific Outfitters.

Pacific Outfitters has locations in Arcata, CA – Eureka, CA – Ukiah, CA. We are Humboldt & Mendocino County’s premiere Outdoor Store!

Celestron FireCel - Pacific Outfitters

Gear Guide: Celestron FireCel Plus – Hand Warmer/Flashlight/Power Storage

FireCel Plus, by Celestron, is the ultimate multipurpose device for any outdoorsman. This rugged 3-in-1 tool features a hand warmer, a multi-mode flashlight, and a portable power supply for smartphones and personal electronics.

It comes with a dual mode hand warmer that provides continuous heat for up to 12 hours. Choose to heat just one side when FireCel Plus is in a pocket, or both sides to warm hands. The 5200 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery delivers 2 full charges to most smartphones and MP3 players, and also charges USB-powered cameras. The FireCel Plus also has an integrated flashlight features both red and white LEDs and five modes, including SOS for unexpected emergencies. The red LEDs are ideal for stargazing or anytime you need to preserve your night vision.

FireCel Plus’ high quality aluminum shell is rugged enough for outdoor use, and compact enough to fit in your pack, pocket, or glove compartment. Never leave home without the 3-in-1 FireCel Plus.

The Celestron FireCel Plus is “Staff Approved” and available at Pacific Outfitters.

Pacific Outfitters has locations in Arcata, CA – Eureka, CA – Ukiah, CA. We are Humboldt & Mendocino County’s premiere Outdoor Store!

Gear Guide: ATN BinoX-HD – Smart HD Day/Night Optics

This is a must have for any outdoor gear geek. There is nothing like this out there that performs to this caliber at this price ($499). When you are looking through the binoculars, you are actually looking at an HD screen (720p). It has a digital zoom and when you zoom the clarity is still 720p.

You also have the ability to record what you are looking at. It records at 1080p. Even when you use the digital zoom, it’s still recording at 1080p. This also has built-in Night Vision. You can also download their free app and you can view what you are seeing through the app, in real time. This is great if you have a friend that wants to see what you are looking at.

You can see all the other features it comes with too (Wifi, GPS, GeoTag, Digital Compass, Velocity, Image Stabilization, Altitude, etc.). Anyone can find a use for these digital binoculars. If you are a gear geek or know of a gear geek, this is a must have item

Gear Guide: Rattlesnake SL2 mtmGLO Tent

We’ve all seen car camping tents with built in lights, but we wouldn’t dream of taking those tents backpacking. Now Big Agnes, one of the most technically advanced companies to make sleeping bags, sleeping pads and tents, came up with a light weight, durable backpacking tent with built in lighting. With the amount of awards Big Agnes has received in the past several years when they introduce something like this, you know it’s going to be good.

The Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtmGLO tent is “Staff Approved” and available at Pacific Outfitters.

Gear Guide: Exped Synmat HyperLite Pad

The Exped Synmat HyperLite sleeping pad is completely unmatched in the industry. Nothing has all the features that this mat has. Large outside air tubed to keep you on your mat, synthetic isolation bonded to the top and bottom of the map, patented flat air valves, comes with a stuff stack and repair kit, has a 3.3 R-value, and it’s only 12.3 ounces! Again, this is the most technical sleeping pad in the industry.

The Exped Synmat HyperLite is “Staff Approved” and available at Pacific Outfitters.

Gear Guide: Swedish FireKnife


The Swedish FireKnife by Light My Fire is a multi-functional knife. Along with an extremely durable blade made by Mora of Sweden, there is a built-in fire starter in the blade. You can use the dull side of the knife blade to strike the fire starter to start a fire. Due to the durability of the Swedish FireKnife and the fact it’s multi-functional, we think this is one of the best-fixed blade knives in the industry at under $30.

The Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife is “Staff Approved” and available at Pacific Outfitters.

 

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