Water Treatment

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Purifiers
Pump and Gravity Filters
Bottle and Inline Filters
Chemical Treatments
Filter Accessories

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Platypus
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Geigerrig
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$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Water Treatment Product Reviews

Sawyer MINI

rated 5 of 5 stars The go-to for almost any backpacking trip or emergency preparedness. Easy to use, inexpensive, and easy to find stores that sell these. We always bring our on overnight trips, but it's light weight enough to bring on day trips for emergencies. I have recommended this to a few friends already. We used for a multi-day trip with four people, but I would recommend the regular sized sawyer if you have more people or faster water flow. Full review

Bota of Boulder Outback Water Filtration System

rated 5 of 5 stars The water bottle itself works pretty well, but throw in a good filter, and you have yourself a great, lightweight water bottle/filter for use in the backcountry. I purchased one of these bottles back in the late 1990s.  I don't remember for sure if it was the Bota brand, or not, but I do know that it is the same drop in cartridge filter and has worked wonderfully.  I've used it on multiple backpacking trips with friends over the years.  A couple of my friends were so impressed by it, that they… Full review

Katadyn Hiker

rated 5 of 5 stars On our second filter replacement, but this Katadyn (PUR) Hiker pump is still going strong after more than 20 years and dozens of trips. This filter just works!  No fuss, it just keeps ticking.  After dozens of multi-day backpacking trips in the mountains of central Idaho, it finally started to slow down a bit to the point that the input hose would crimp at the point of entry into the filter body.  So, we replaced the filter and lubed the seals and plunger, and it felt like new and just kept on… Full review

MSR MiniWorks EX

rated 2 of 5 stars Disappointingly slow, even after cleaning the filter. Okay for a soloist, but definitely too slow to be used by groups greater than 2 people. It is easy to clean, and the water comes out clear and without bad tastes. I researched water filters for quite a while, and must have just over-thought it all, and ended up overall pretty disappointed with the MSR MiniWorks EX.  I really liked the idea of a ceramic filter that was easy to clean and wouldn't need to be replaced for a long time.  So, ultimately… Full review

Platypus GravityWorks Filter System 4L

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Super easy to set up, use, and take down. Set it and forget it. Packs really light! Only problem my team had was keeping the closure cap with the system. This filtration system was very effective in filtering water for six people for a three-day overnight camping trip up to Lake Lovely Water.  It took approximately 45 minutes to get 3 litres of filtered water to each member for their hydration packs (18 litres total) and it was easy and fast and we were able to ready our packs while we filtered. Full review

Sawyer MINI

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the perfect size for my get home bag. It's versatile in that it can be used with pouches or screws on to most any bottle. 100,000 gallon life makes it useful for long term water purification. Priced right! This is the perfect size for my get home bag. It's versatile in that it can be used with pouches or screws on to most any bottle. 100,000 gallon life makes it useful for long term water purification. Priced right! Full review

Sawyer MINI

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for ultralight. I go on bicycle, climbing, diving, and mountaineering excursions frequently. I’m an ultralight nut and I won’t use anything other than a Sawyer for my water purification needs.  Full review

Geigerrig In-Line Virus Filter

rated 5 of 5 stars Best I’ve found. I have both types of filters from Aquamira. The first filters up to 50gla. It’s designed for all microbes in North America. The other I use abroad on missions trips.  When used with the Geigerrig hydration system you plug inline and pump the bladder and it pressurizes the bladder. This way you never have to draw the water thru the hose.  I've drank water from some of the dirtiest water through these filters and have yet to get sick. Check out their full line of filtration… Full review

Sawyer Select S1

rated 3 of 5 stars The Sawyer Select series is a new line of purifiers/filters that offers a variety of contaminant removal, depending on one’s needs. All three models remove chemicals to .5 ppb (parts per billion), and pesticides to .01 ppb. The Sawyer Micro Squeeze filter can be used without the purifier to a .1 Micron level. Sawyer’s new Select Series is a kit that will provide potable water from virtually any freshwater source. Although this kit can be easily used in backcountry setting, it is primarily designed… Full review

Top-Rated Water Treatment

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user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Platypus GravityWorks Filter System 2L Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$100 - $625
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
MSR Guardian Purifier Water Purifier
$350
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Katadyn Combi Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$200 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sawyer PointOne Filter with Bucket Adapter Bottle/Inline Water Filter
$49 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$72 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
LifeStraw Go Bottle/Inline Water Filter
$45 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Geigerrig In-Line Virus Filter Bottle/Inline Water Filter
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer All in One Filter Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (13)
First Need Deluxe Water Purifier Water Purifier
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
First Need Deluxe Water Purifier XL Water Purifier
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Groove Bottle/Inline Water Filter
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Polar Equipment Polar Pure Chemical Water Treatment
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Drink Safe Systems Travel Tap Bottle/Inline Water Filter
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets Chemical Water Treatment
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (31)
Sawyer Squeeze Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$40 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Sawyer MINI Bottle/Inline Water Filter
$20 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Platypus GravityWorks Filter System 4L Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Katadyn Pocket Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$277 - $369
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Aquamira Water Treatment Drops Chemical Water Treatment
$14 - $16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets Chemical Water Treatment
$10 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$96 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Katadyn BeFree Bottle/Inline Water Filter
$40 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Katadyn Carbon Cartridge Water Filter Accessory
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Potable Aqua Iodine and Taste-Neutralizer Tablets Chemical Water Treatment
$12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets with P.A. Plus Chemical Water Treatment
$12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
CamelBak All Clear Bottle/Inline Water Filter / Water Purifier
$99 MSRP
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Inline Water Filter Bottle/Inline Water Filter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Drink Safe Systems ECO Stainless Pure Filter Bottle Bottle/Inline Water Filter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Survivor Filter PRO Pump/Gravity Water Filter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Water Wizard for River Runners Chemical Water Treatment
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Cleaning Coupling Water Filter Accessory
$9 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (51)
Katadyn Hiker PRO Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$70 - $84
user rating: 4 of 5 (29)
Katadyn Hiker Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$70 - $74
user rating: 4 of 5 (25)
SteriPEN Classic Water Purifier
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
MSR SweetWater Microfilter Pump/Gravity Water Filter
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
SteriPEN Adventurer Opti Water Purifier
$90
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Bota of Boulder Outback Water Filtration System Bottle/Inline Water Filter
$21
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Water Filter Squeeze Pouch Water Filter Accessory
$7 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vapur MicroFilter Bottle/Inline Water Filter
$35
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter Water Purifier
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Potable Aqua Pure Water Purifier
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Katadyn Hiker/Hiker PRO/Base Camp Replacement Element Water Filter Accessory
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
SteriPEN Adventurer Water Purifier
$129 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Sawyer Complete Water Filtration System 2 Liter Pump/Gravity Water Filter
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Aquamira Frontier Pro Filter Pump/Gravity Water Filter
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
SteriPEN Traveler Water Purifier
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Complete 4 Liter Gravity Water Purification System Pump/Gravity Water Filter
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Aquamira Water Purifier Tablets Chemical Water Treatment
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Water-to-Go Filter Bottle Bottle/Inline Water Filter
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR SweetWater ViralStop Chemical Water Treatment
$15 MSRP
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