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Recent Water Treatment Product Reviews

Sawyer Mini Filter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Sawyer Mini is an excellent lightweight, compact, and reliable solution for filtering water at a very reasonable price. A $25 investment can help reduce the need to pack in all of your water and subsequently lower the weight of your pack. I bought my Mini Squeeze to reduce my pack weight and volume compare to my MSR Miniworks. While I really like the MSR and its ability to pump out of puddles and such, its 16 ounces and size can eat up a lot of space in a small pack. The MSR pump can also be… Full review

First Need Deluxe Water Purifier

rated 5 of 5 stars The only real choice if you want to remove all the nasty bugs/chemicals from your water source with a single self-contained device. I’ve had this First Need purifier for nearly a decade and it has served me and my hiking/backpacking buddies well. Most importantly, this is not simply a water filter but a chemical-free purifier. That means you don’t have to use the chemicals other require or the addition of iodine to make water safe to consume. This means it removes a lot of those difficult to… Full review

Sawyer Squeeze Filter

rated 4 of 5 stars Simple, easy to use, and lightweight starting at 2 oz. It makes water filtration a breeze while protecting from potential pathogens. Bought this filter after seeing several buddies using. It is easy to use and by the company's information it kills 99% of (Protozoa, E. Coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholerea, Salmonella Typhi) pathogens. You simply fill one of the supplied bags attach the filter and squeeze into another container. The one big negative I have found is that the filter must be used on their… Full review

Platypus GravityWorks Filter System

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent and easy way to filter large quantities of water in the backcountry. Purchased the Sawyer 2-liter gravity system, only to have it clog permanently after first use. Returned it and got the Platypus and not only is it lighter and more compact, it's much easier to use and is more versatile. Plus, it's fast! Clocked it filtering 2 liters at 1 minute 33 seconds. Not bad. It can be a bit of a struggle to fit all the components into the stuff sack but that's minimal compared to how well this… Full review

Sawyer Squeeze Filter

rated 4 of 5 stars Bought this for my first overnight hike. Was great for me. It was very hot and humid, so I was sweating profusely, but was in am area with lots of creeks and streams. I would just top off the Squeeze bag at every cold moving water I came across. I'm no expert, but I think this for the price point is hard to beat. Full review

Katadyn Base Camp

rated 1.5 of 5 stars We used the filter on a BWCA trip and even with prefiltering the water with 4 bandanas and using 3 screen prefilters from older filter cartridges the unit clogged in just 20L of use. The only thing that saved us from boiling water was the reason I bought the system; the filter works in my Hiker pump. We did find that the filter worked fine in the pump. My plan is to put a Sawyer in-line filter on the bag.   I like the large volume and ease of use.  I just want something I can back flush and repair. … Full review

Katadyn Hiker PRO

rated 4 of 5 stars Used on several 50 mile+ multi-day kayak float trips pumping ~8 L/day of water (maybe 80 - 90 L total to date). Light and easy to carry and quick setup. Can tell the filter is starting to clog as water flow was not continuous with last day's pump. But still a good unit for the cost and function. Using this system after a much larger system failed on day two of a four-day, 65-mile float. This system has been on two trips to date and has worked well. Easy to set up and pump. It does take two people… Full review

Katadyn Base Camp

rated 3.5 of 5 stars If your Base Camp leaks, just wrap some plumbers (silicone) tape around the threads before screwing on the cap. In a pinch use a piece of a plastic grocery bag (they are almost as thin now). Works great, no leaks. I would like to get a replacement ceramic filter for mine. Anyone have a reasonably priced source for one? No way to tell if the filter is still usable. Filter clogs even with clear water. Needs a ceramic filter. Easy to use.  Would like to see replacement ceramic filter at reasonable… Full review

SteriPEN Classic

rated 5 of 5 stars Best device for the money. Had it for four years now and it's never failed me. Even when I dropped it and the battery cover cracked, it still worked. Great piece of kit, never go off into unsafe waters without one. I've had the Steripen Classic for four years now and it's never failed me.  Even when I dropped it and the battery cover cracked, it still worked. To boot, when I called SteriPEN for information on how to repair the cracked cover they simply shipped a replacement battery cover to me… Full review

Top-Rated Water Treatment

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Sawyer Mini Filter reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$20 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
First Need Deluxe Water Purifier reviewed Jul 30, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (25)
Sawyer Squeeze Filter reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$40 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Platypus GravityWorks Filter System reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$88 - $119
user rating: 3 of 5 (21)
Katadyn Base Camp reviewed Jun 24, 2015
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (44)
Katadyn Hiker PRO reviewed Jun 15, 2015
$76 - $84
user rating: 4 of 5 (24)
SteriPEN Classic reviewed Jun 8, 2015
$45 - $69
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
MSR SweetWater Purifier System reviewed Apr 14, 2015
$100
user rating: 3 of 5 (10)
LifeSaver Systems LifeSaver Bottle reviewed Jan 2, 2015
$165 - $219
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (41)
MSR MiniWorks EX reviewed Sep 25, 2014
$72 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Aquamira Water Treatment Drops reviewed Sep 24, 2014
$12 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Water Wizard for River Runners reviewed Sep 21, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
SteriPEN Adventurer Opti reviewed Aug 15, 2014
$72 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (27)
Katadyn Vario Microfilter reviewed Jul 30, 2014
$86 - $97
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Katadyn Pocket reviewed Jul 16, 2014
$323 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L reviewed Jul 9, 2014
$90
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Groove reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$10 - $26
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (16)
MSR HyperFlow Microfilter reviewed Jun 17, 2014
$80 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (26)
Katadyn Hiker reviewed Jun 16, 2014
$64 - $74
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
First Need XLE Elite Canister reviewed May 22, 2014
$59
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
MSR SweetWater Microfilter reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$90
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer All in One Water Filter reviewed Mar 24, 2014
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Katadyn Hiker/Hiker PRO/Base Camp Replacement Element reviewed Mar 16, 2014
$40 - $59
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SteriPEN Sidewinder reviewed Dec 17, 2013
$80 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
SteriPEN Traveler reviewed Dec 3, 2013
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Water-to-Go Filter Bottle reviewed Nov 25, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
First Need Deluxe Water Purifier XL reviewed Nov 16, 2013
$97
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vapur MicroFilter reviewed Oct 10, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer PointOne Filter with Bucket Adapter reviewed Sep 22, 2013
$56 - $69
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Complete Water Filtration System 4 Liter reviewed Aug 21, 2013
$140 - $219
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Sawyer Complete Water Filtration System 2 Liter reviewed Aug 10, 2013
$110
user rating: 3 of 5 (4)
Katadyn Micro Bottle reviewed Aug 7, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Inline Water Filter reviewed Jul 30, 2013
user rating: 2 of 5 (4)
Katadyn Mini reviewed Jun 26, 2013
$100 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
CamelBak All Clear reviewed May 30, 2013
$85 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SteriPEN Ultra reviewed May 29, 2013
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter reviewed May 28, 2013
$110 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Water Filter Squeeze Pouch reviewed Apr 3, 2013
$8 - $9
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (3)
SteriPEN Journey LCD reviewed Mar 15, 2013
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Aquamira Frontier Pro Filter reviewed Jan 8, 2013
$22 - $24
user rating: 4 of 5 (13)
SteriPEN Adventurer reviewed Jan 5, 2013
$129 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
SteriPEN Freedom reviewed Nov 21, 2012
$100 - $119
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Katadyn Drip Gravidyn reviewed Oct 25, 2012
$295
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer 3-Way Water Filter reviewed Oct 17, 2012
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
SteriPEN Journey System Pack reviewed Oct 10, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets with P.A. Plus reviewed Jul 27, 2012
$8 - $11
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Katadyn Exstream XR Bottle Purifier reviewed Jul 12, 2012
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets reviewed Mar 22, 2012
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets reviewed Mar 22, 2012
$9 - $13
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
LifeSaver Systems Jerrycan reviewed Dec 5, 2011
$285 - $349
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