HIKING GEAR : Sawyer Mini Water Filter / by Glenn Fajota

When on assignment in the backcountry, my pack is full of all the essentials (shelter, sleep, food). My average pack weight for multi day hikes comes in about 25-30lbs, plus the 10lbs camera gear. With all that weight, that last thing I want to do is add more weight. But I'm still missing the most important thing. Water! 

I hike in with at least 1L of water which will last me half of the day. The goal is to replenish my water supply at the next water source, whether its a trickling stream or lake. To do so, I use the Sawyer Mini Water Filter and the way it works is you fill a compatible water bladder (comes with 1L) or water bottle and you fill it up with unfiltered water. You then screw on the filter (blue tube) and let it pour out. If your water source looks murky or has some debris, chances are your filter might get clogged. With the provided syringe, you can fill that up with clean water and backwash the filter to restore up to 99% of the filter’s flow rate. 

I love it and keep one in each of my three packs. It allows me to hike in without adding several pounds in my pack just for water, when I know I’ll be able to get at the next water source. But of course, with each trip, the route is carefully planned by knowing where I'm camping that night and where my water sources are during the trip.

- Cheap! $25

- Lightweight at just 2oz

- 99% effective at removing Bacteria, Protozoa, E. Coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholerea, Salmonella Typhi

- Lasts up to 100,000 gallons

- Can used with most water bottles, bladders or even with the provided straw



Source: https://youtu.be/2lmH2DupysU