Pump and Gravity Water Filters

Brands

Aquamira
Coghlan's
First Need
Katadyn
LifeSaver
LifeStraw
MSR
Platypus
Sawyer
Survivor Filter

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$500 and above

Recent Pump/Gravity Water Filter Reviews

Katadyn Base Camp

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent filter for floating rivers in Alaska. I've been using the Katadyn Base Camp gravity filter for almost 20 years in Alaska. It works great as long as the water source is near camp...floating rivers or backpacking near alpine streams.   Since it is a gravity system, above timberline I set it up in the rocks on a steep slope and stretch the outlet line as much as possible downhill to maximize the flow rate. I clean the filter after each trip by removing the prefilter screen, soaking in soapy… Full review

MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter

rated 4 of 5 stars Great piece of kit... well worth the money. STOP PUMPING!!! I purchased this in the spring of 2016 for a 35-mile group hike (12 people) into the South San Juan Wilderness in Colorado. I was unsure if this would be able to keep up with that many people's needs, but after the second day I knew it was well worth the cost. The Autoflow easily filters water fast and in large amounts. I actually watched some other hikers from not in the group stop pumping their own water and ask to use it! It is so simple. Full review

Katadyn Vario Microfilter

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great for group trips. This is a big monster of a pump that is great for pumping super clean water fast.   Effectiveness I've always used the pump in the long life setting which involves both filter functions, the ceramic disk prefilter and the pleated glassfiber filter. The faster flow setting disengages the ceramic prefilter. The pump also has a carbon filter to make the water taste better, which is one of my favorite features. Neither myself or anyone who has used the filter has ever been sick. Full review

Katadyn Pocket

rated 5 of 5 stars Expedition bomb proof filter. Easily handled our family of four when hiking in summer across Isle Royale for a week and had to filter all water from the lake (don't drink the untreated water!). The only filter I would carry in the back country. Full review

Katadyn Hiker PRO

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Works well; pump plunger broke after many uses, but Katadyn replaced it. I've gotten a lot of use from my Katadyn Hiker Pro water filter. I used in on a series of 3- to 5-day hikes, and I also used it on a daily basis when I was living for two months in an area where the water supply wasn't safe. Its design is ingenious, and it packs up compactly into a zipper pouch. The only flaw is that the pump plunger — actually, the flat "knob" at the end of the plunger — broke. (See photos below.) Perhaps… Full review

Katadyn Base Camp

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Worth every penny... The trick is to get water flowing. I usually lift the clipped tube up and down a few times to start the siphon action before trying to pour. So I'm not sure that 1 liter per minute is accurate—once flowing, I can fill my two 1-liter Nalgene bottles pretty quickly. The one...sort of...complaint might be that it gets a little heavy and cumbersome to carry back from the spring or stream to the campsite. The first few times I used the bag required a lot of attentive hand switching—and… Full review

MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter

rated 5 of 5 stars This is wicked fast! I upgraded for my next thru hike from a Sawyer Mini to this and I love it! It filtered 4 L water in 2 minutes, and it comes with an attachment that fits wide mouth Nalgene bottle to filter right into the bottle. I bought this for my upcoming hike in California. I knew I would be needing to filter more water and I wanted something that would be quick. Boy, did I choose the right one! This thing is amazing. It is easy to use and lightweight and the material it is made out of is… Full review

Survivor Filter PRO

rated 4.5 of 5 stars With the industry highest level of filtration at 0.01 micron, fast pumping action, and three-step replaceable filters this lightweight and compact filter is all you need for your backcountry trip water supply either by foot or by water. Being a strong proponent of filtration vs. chemical treatment and boiling I have tried and used different kinds of filters, both gravity and pump types, and Survivor PRO is my current filter of choice for three-season trips. Preface Water supply is my number one… Full review

Katadyn Hiker PRO

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Reliable, durable, lightweight, quick and easy to use. Summary Have used the Katadyn Hiker Pro for over a decade and just replaced it a few months ago due to normal wear and tear. The most reliable and high quality water filtration system at a light weight. Best filter for mountain and desert use. When others were waiting for their pills to purify the water, I was drinking fresh clear water that tastes great. In my opinion, high quality water is essential in the backcountry — measured by the taste,… Full review

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