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Sawyer PointOne Filter with Bucket Adapter

photo: Sawyer PointOne Filter with Bucket Adapter bottle/inline water filter


Price Historic Range: $34.93-$74.99
Reviewers Paid: $47.00-$70.00


2 reviews
5-star:   2
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Versatility. At least 5 different applications for one price. 1 million gallon guarantee. Easy to maintain, and no replacement filters to buy. Best for backpacking, car camping, home use, canoeing/kayaking. Anything that you may need water for.


  • Cost
  • Versatility
  • Ease of maintence


  • Squeeze bags may bust if you apply too much pressure.

What I love about this filter is its versatility. The filter is very adaptable for different setups. One filter, many applications. It has a 1 million gallon guarantee, and filters down to a .1 micron level.

Easy to maintain. It includes a syringe that you use to backwash the filter. Simply fill the syringe with clean, filtered water, remove drinking cap, insert syringe and watch all the yuck come out of the dirty end of the filter.  The filter can be adapted in many ways such as:

  1. It screws onto the squeeze bags that are included in the kit. There is a 32 oz and a 12 oz squeeze bags.  So you could fill up those bags, attach the filter and drink directly from the filter. Or use the filter to fill up a water bottle or hydration pack.
  2. The filter screws onto most water bottles or 2 liter bottles that you get from the store. So before your hike, you can pick up a bottle of water from a gas station. Once the bottle is empty, refill empty bottle from the stream or lake, attach filter and you can drink from the filter.
  3. If you are base camping near a stream or lake, there is an bucket adapter. Pick up a food grade, BPA free 5 gallon bucket (not included) and attach the filter using the kit. The kit even includes a drill bit! You can then use the water from your source for drinking, cooking and washing
  4. Faucet adapter. You can set up the filter to filter your home faucet water. Let's say (in my case) you are in the Northern Colorado Floods of 2013. They put out a boil order for all water. There is a run on bottled water at the store. You attach this filter to your faucet and you are good to go. It felt good knowing that, no matter how scarce water became, I could filter as much water as my family needed.
  5. Hydration gravity feed. I picked up a extra hydration bladder from a certain big box store for $10. I cut off the bit valve and installed the extra hose bib that came with the filter. Now I have a gravity flow, hydration bag setup that I can use when backpacking.

Overall, you are buying one system that has at least 5 different applications. This is well worth the money and time.  Research it more online and youtube.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $70

A very adaptable filter for groups.


  • Filter lasts several seasons
  • Easily back-flushed
  • Cheap replacement compared to others
  • adapts to large hanging water bags
  • Lighter weight than my Katadyn


  • Needs pressure to operate

My Katadyn cartridge filter would sometimes plug on long group trips and wouldn't backflush. This filter costs what a replacement Katadyn cartridge would cost. However, it back-flushes beautifully and has been used with a 10 liter water bag for group water on several trips and is still going strong. It is lighter and packs smaller than my old one.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $47


I have a barely used Katadyn. Sawyer is definitely the superior product. But I'm uncertain how this filter works. Can you provide some more details?

5 years ago
Rod Thompson

Unlike the Katadyn which uses filter material that plugs (read- grabs onto microscopic particles) and won't backflush properly, the Sawyer uses .1 micron bundled nano tubes which don't hold on to the filtered crud and can be backflushed. Using care to keep my source water as clear as possible, the filter works many years. If I filter water with clay in it or other sticky minerals, it would probably plug it more quickly and it would not be flushable.

5 years ago

Welcome to Trailspace, Rod.

5 years ago

No, I understand how a Sawyer works. I'm not getting the "bucket adapter" part.

5 years ago
Rod Thompson

In developing countries where I have worked in water projects, a 20 liter (5gal) bucket has a hose barb in the bottom which, when filled and placed higher up, provides sufficient pressure to provide a day's water for the family (they only use 20 liters/day per family- if they are lucky and have it.) Another bucket filter system uses a ceramic (pressed deciduous earth) filter but this is not sustainable in most places as there is no market stream for the ceramic filter and, even if there was, the user normally couldn't afford the cost.

5 years ago

Drill a hole in a 5 gallon bucket you supply. The kit comes with a hose and a fitting that can be attached to the bucket so the bucket becomes the dirty water reservoir and filters by gravity. In the picture above of the kit, the filter is currently attached to the faucet adapter to be used with a regular sink faucet. To the right is the drill bit for the bucket modification. Near the shank end of the bit is the piece of the bucket fitting that goes on the inside of the bucket. Next to that is the part of the bucket fitting that goes on the outside of the bucket with hose attached. (The inside screws to the outside through the hole in the bucket - there is also a washer to make a seal - the black disk in the photo is the washer. The thing that looks like a J with a circle on top is to stop the flow by holding the filter above the level of water in the bucket - the circle goes around the filter while the hook end hooks on to the top rim of the bucket.

5 years ago

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