User Review: Sawyer Squeeze Filter
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50
This is a great lightweight option for weight conscious backpackers. It is portable enough to carry as a "just in case" filter on a day hike, while it is also substantial enough to use for 1-2 people on multi-day backpacking trips. There is a lot of versatility that can be adapted to most any hiker's needs.
- Long life
- Fragile water bags
I have been looking for a lightweight water filter option for my long distance solo hikes that isn't overkill for one person. Previously I had been using the Platypus Gravityworks filter (which I still love for group camping).
The Sawyer Squeeze filter meets my versatility needs. The filter can be used with the included .5L, 1L, and 2L bags, or really any other drinking bottle with a standard size screw top. An added advantage is that you can drink directly from the filter's pop-up cap. This allows further cutting of weight since you don't necessarily need another container to filter into and drink from.
The filter is very simple to use. I strongly suggest rolling the bags instead of squeezing or crumpling them. From other users I have heard that this very quickly diminishes the life and water holding ability of the bags. There are other after market bags that Sawyer has produced since receiving input on the weakness of the included bags. Other accessories are also available such as an inline conversion adapter for hydration packs and a mesh pouch to use in gravity mode.
With a price tag around $50 and a guaranteed life of 1 million gallons, it does not lack appeal. The total field weight is listed at 3 oz. In my opinion, the included syringe for back flushing the filter is something that I'll likely to continue to leave at home and use between outings.
Other specs include:
- 0.1 Micron Absolute filter removes bacterica (Salmonella, Cholera, E. coli), protozoa (Cryptosporidium, Giardia), and cysts
- Fast flow hollow fiber membrane
- Exceeds EPA recommendations for removal rates
For any packrafters or fisherman out there...This is a great thing to have out on the water with you. An endless supply of filtered water in a compact package.