User Review: Sawyer Squeeze Filter
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45
I own most of the water purification methods that exist. This is by far the easiest to use and the lightest (ignoring bad-tasting pills).
- Robust (nothing to break)
- No batteries! (they never work when you REALLY need them)
- No bad taste (chlorine dioxide, Miox taste yukky)
- No iodine (can't tolerate iodine for medical reasons)
- Must not allow to freeze
- Should carry a bottle/cup of some sort to fill the squeeze bladder
I own far too many water purifiers and have used them for everything from third-world travel to backpacking and very-long day hikes. I have tried pumps, purifier bottles, MSR Miox, the Steripen, Aqua Mira and chlorine dioxide pills. The Sawyer Squeeze is my favorite due to its extremely light weight and ease of use.
No batteries, no chemicals. I see reports that the included bags are fragile, but that has not been a concern for me. I generally use a 1.5 or 2L plastic bottle (usually I recycle a water bottle), though I also have used a Platypus zip-opening bladder. The Platypus is very light and the zip opening makes it easier to fill from a shallow body of water. I also use non-zip Platypus bladders--a 3 liter bag is often my favorite. These are extremely light and very durable.
I heartily recommend this product.