Water Treatment

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Recent Water Treatment Product Reviews

Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter

rated 4 of 5 stars A quick easy water filtration bottle. Scoop and drink treated water directly from the bottle or squeeze water through the filter into another vessel. When I first received the Platypus Meta bottle with Microfilter I thought it was just another filtered water bottle. Well, I was wrong, as it has become my go-to water treatment device for hiking and backpacking. Platypus took its already popular Meta soft bottle and added a removable micro-filter to the top that allows me to drink directly from… Full review

MSR SweetWater Purifier System

rated 5 of 5 stars Solid performer. After using the old porcelain Katydin filters of the '80s, this SweetWater was revolutionary. You could actually fill a poly bottle in a reasonable amount of time, and it is lightweight. I bought my first one in the '90s and we are on our second cartridge and just replaced the yellowed tubes last year, on the second pump. We usually put a pan in the stream and let the water run over the edge, that way you don't suck up the particles that plug the cartridge up. If it spits water… 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 Guardian Purifier

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The MSR Guardian is a top of the line water purification system that delivers on its impressive claims. Very fast, very efficient, and largely hassle-free (requires no backflushing). Excellent for the solo hiker, but perfect for larger groups. Disclaimer: This review is purely on design, usability, durability, and my overall opinion of the product. Without access to a water testing laboratory, I cannot make any claims regarding the actual efficacy for removing harmful impurities (biological 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

Grayl Quest

rated 3 of 5 stars I Love the concept! I just question how well it works. It says to just push down on cartridge and once it reaches the bottom water is purified. It says it should take 30-60 seconds to push down. When I tried it went down very quickly. I was afraid to actually bring it to Nicaragua with me and try it. I really wanted this to work for me. The Grayl Quest Purifier is an all-in-one system. The system itself claims to last over 10 years. I felt like the pressure I was applying wasn't enough to prove… 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

Sawyer MINI Water Filter

rated 5 of 5 stars Best product for the price. Works very well. The most lightweight water filter on the market that I know of. Easy to use and ability to filter 100,000 gallons of water! This is a handy little filter and easy to use.  I have used this for all my water filtering in the back country and never had a problem. I did however opt to not use the flimsy bags that come with it. I use my Platypus bags and Nalgene bottle and it works great. Lightweight, easy to use. It's great for solo hikers. I used it for… 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

Top-Rated Water Treatment

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Platypus Meta Bottle + Microfilter reviewed Aug 1, 2016
$50
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
MSR SweetWater Purifier System reviewed Jul 31, 2016
$75 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (22)
Katadyn Base Camp reviewed Jul 27, 2016
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Guardian Purifier reviewed Jul 26, 2016
$350
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter reviewed Jul 8, 2016
$96 - $119
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Grayl Quest reviewed Jun 22, 2016
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Survivor Filter PRO reviewed Jun 19, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Sawyer MINI Water Filter reviewed Jun 17, 2016
$20 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (46)
Katadyn Hiker PRO reviewed Jun 8, 2016
$68 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
LifeStraw Go reviewed Apr 14, 2016
$28 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (30)
Sawyer Squeeze Filter System reviewed Mar 16, 2016
$25 - $54
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (28)
Katadyn Vario Microfilter reviewed Feb 20, 2016
$76 - $97
user rating: 5 of 5 (13)
First Need Deluxe Water Purifier reviewed Jan 23, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (28)
Katadyn Hiker reviewed Jan 1, 2016
$56 - $74
LifeSaver Cube Jug reviewed Dec 1, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (11)
LifeSaver Bottle reviewed Nov 30, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Katadyn Carbon Cartridge reviewed Oct 3, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Aquamira Water Treatment Drops reviewed Sep 30, 2015
$10 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
Platypus GravityWorks Filter System 4L reviewed Aug 26, 2015
$120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (13)
Katadyn Pocket reviewed Aug 19, 2015
$296 - $369
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Complete Water Filtration System 4 Liter reviewed Aug 16, 2015
$140
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Potable Aqua Pure reviewed Aug 12, 2015
$100 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (25)
SteriPEN Classic reviewed Aug 6, 2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SteriPEN Classic 3 with Pre-Filter reviewed Aug 4, 2015
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Platypus GravityWorks Filter System 2L reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$80 - $109
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (41)
MSR MiniWorks EX reviewed Sep 25, 2014
$72 - $89
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
$90
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L reviewed Jul 9, 2014
$72 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
CamelBak Groove reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$14 - $22
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (16)
MSR HyperFlow Microfilter reviewed Jun 17, 2014
$75 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
First Need XLE Elite Canister reviewed May 22, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
MSR SweetWater Microfilter reviewed Apr 3, 2014
$65 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer All in One 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 - $49
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SteriPEN Sidewinder reviewed Dec 17, 2013
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
SteriPEN Traveler reviewed Dec 3, 2013
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
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 (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
$88 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
CamelBak All Clear reviewed May 30, 2013
$74 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
SteriPEN Ultra reviewed May 29, 2013
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Water Filter Squeeze Pouch reviewed Apr 3, 2013
$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
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