Vapur MicroFilter

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So light and easy! ...but best for solos. 34oz. This…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $13.95 (34oz)

Summary

So light and easy! ...but best for solos. 34oz.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy
  • Effective filtering

Cons

  • Too slow for large group use
  • Hand-squeezing

This little filter can't be beat for its weight, ease, effectiveness, and overall value. Weighing only 1.4 oz and costing me ~$14, this was the clear choice for a long distance solo backpacking trip.  It can filter up to 500 liters.

I put some brown gunky water in it, and it magically came out clear and sweet from the mouthpiece. 

The only problems I foresee are: not good for large groups because you must squeeze water -fairly slowly-  through the mouthpiece of the water bottle to fill larger vessels.  It took me ~5-7min to fill 3L. ...but it's so light that everyone could carry their own.

I haven't used it in conditions less than ~45 deg F, so I can't speak to how it would perform in colder weather. I just envision that you might get some pretty sore/chapped hands trying to squeeze this thing in freezing temperatures... but gloves would help.

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One of the lightest, most compact filter systems around, the Vapur MicroFilter water bottle filter uses a hollow-fiber filter that fits in the included flexible bottle to purify your drinking water.

- REI

The Vapur MicroFilter is the perfect water bottle/filter combo for quick, easy hydration on-the-go. A lightweight, chemical-free water filtration system that utilizes the most advanced hollow fiber membrane technology. The Vapur MicroFilter safely removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (such as Salmonella, Cholera and E. coli) and 99.9% of protozoa (including Cryptosporidium and Giardia). Together, the bottle and MicroFilter weigh just 2.7 ounces, and the filter is capable of purifying hundreds of liters of water from lakes, rivers, streams and tap water over its lifespan. The Vapur MicroFilter is your new best friend for travel and backcountry adventure!. Winner of Outside Magazine's "Gear of the Show" at Outdoor Retailer 2013, as well as a "Best in Show" award from Gumption Gear, and "Best in Show" award from Gear Junkie. A good water bottle with filter goes a long way, and this Vapur filter goes much further than the rest. Contents: (1) Explorer MicroFilter, (1) 1L Anti-Bottle. Weight: Bottle + Filter: 2.7 oz, Filter only: 1.1 oz. Dimensions: 5.75 W x 10 H (in). Filter Technology: Hollow Fiber Membrane Technology, Pore size: Absolute 0.2 microns. Performance: 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.9% of protozoa. Flow Rate: 0.5 L/min @ 0.2 bar. Filter Life: Minimum of 500 liters. Temperature: Min. operating temp: >0 degree, Max. operating temp: 55 degrees, Max. storage temp: 65 degrees. Safe and Easy: No chemicals. No pumping. No batteries. No waiting. Multi-purpose: Can be used in bottle, as straw or as squeeze filter. Meets U.S. EPA Standards: Exceeds CDC recommendations for water purity. Available Color(s): Olive, Night Blue

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

The Vapur MicroFilter is a lightweight, chemical-free water filtration system that utilizes advanced hollow fiber membrane technology. The filter safely removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (such as Salmonella, Cholera and E. coli) and 99.9% of protozoa (including Cryptosporidium and Giardia), and it is capable of purifying hundreds of liters of water from lakes, rivers, streams, and tap water over its lifespan. The Vapur MicroFilter is great for travel and backcountry adventure.

- CampSaver.com