I recently did a gear review on the Sawyer Mini water filtration system. My verdict:
An unrivaled price-to-weight ratio in our extensive review, the Sawyer Mini takes the cake for our Best Buy award. It's inexpensive, lightweight, and small, making it the optimal option for backpacking - even if you aren't on a budget. Weighing only 1.6 ounces for the filter and costing a mere $25, you'll get a filter that Sawyer claims will last for 100,000 gallons. The similar and popular LifeStraw weighs a bit more, is four inches longer, and is less versatile than the Mini, but it does cost $5 less. We find the Mini to be the best filter for personal use in the back country.
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Tent.
1 Person, 3 Season, Tent Type: Backpacking, Doors: 1, Weight: 2.2 lb, 2.1 lb tent with roomie vestibule.
This tent was super easy to set up and very light weight. Last weekend I used it in a downpour with heavy winds and it performed like a champ! I was very happy with this tent and would highly recommend it for any level of hiker. I paid $285, so price was a bit steep. But cant go wrong with the name Big Agnes. So overall I'd give it 4 out 5 stars......