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Recent Water Treatment Product Reviews

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

MSR SweetWater Purifier System

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I have used the SweetWater for three years now. It has always done a great job. When an internal mechanism broke from years of use, MSR promptly replaced it—no questions asked. I got it used. When handed to me, I asked the guy how much life was left in it. He said he thought it was at the end of the line. I used it for two more years. It's finally starting to "pop the hose back" from the filter being at the end of the line. Effectiveness: Treats water well. Be mindful that it takes out particulate… Full review

Katadyn Hiker PRO

rated 4 of 5 stars If you need to carry a filter for reasonably large volumes of water (camping for several people), this filer works quite well. Lighter options exist now. I've used this filter for several years, but now rarely carry it because I can generally meet my needs (just my wife and I) with a Sawyer Squeeze for a lot lower weight penalty. Full review

Katadyn Hiker PRO

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Good water filtration system. I have used this filter for several years now, and have replaced the cartridges about 2 times in the past 5 years.  The system is easy to use and cleans just as easy. Replacement cartridges are easy to take out and place back in.  I would recommend that when you return home from any trip that you air dry out the cartridge so that it doesn't get any mildew or mold on it. This is coming from my own experience, as I forgot to do that at the end of one season and after… Full review

LifeSaver Systems LifeSaver Bottle

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Well, I bought this item with some excitement thinking this was my answer to using chemical tablets and boiling. Was I wrong. I read all the positive reviews and watched the videos and thought this was my answer to hiking in the wilds and minimizing weight. When I got the item I followed the instructions to the letter primed etc and noticed small deposits of carbon from the filter passing and settling at the bottom of a test glass, but put this down to it being new. Went away for the weekend and… Full review

Sawyer Mini Filter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Best for solo use. Can easily be used as an online filter on a Camelbak type system, although drinking then requires more effort. The Sawyer Mini is my first water purification system, although I have used and seen many others that fellow hikers have had. The Sawyer Mini is a great device that can be used at base camp for filling water bottles or attached to a large water bladder for community use. I had first tried this out as an in-line filter on my Camelbak, but quickly found out that did not… Full review

Top-Rated Water Treatment

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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
$80 - $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
$85 - $99
user rating: 3 of 5 (10)
LifeSaver Systems LifeSaver Bottle reviewed Jan 2, 2015
$165 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Sawyer Mini Filter reviewed Nov 9, 2014
$20 - $24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Platypus GravityWorks Filter System reviewed Oct 2, 2014
$85 - $119
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (41)
MSR MiniWorks EX reviewed Sep 25, 2014
$76 - $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
$90 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (27)
Katadyn Vario Microfilter reviewed Jul 30, 2014
$90 - $97
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (12)
Katadyn Pocket reviewed Jul 16, 2014
$360 - $369
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L reviewed Jul 9, 2014
$65 - $89
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
$85 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (26)
Katadyn Hiker reviewed Jun 16, 2014
$64 - $74
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Sawyer Squeeze Filter reviewed Jun 12, 2014
$40 - $54
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
$76 - $89
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
$110
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
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter reviewed May 28, 2013
$102 - $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: 5 of 5 (11)
First Need Deluxe Water Purifier reviewed Aug 16, 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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