TRUSTED SINCE 1984

Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water & injuries–everything from first aid kits developed for wilderness use to our newest topical insect repellents that use time-released liposome technology.

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We believe in protecting humans from microscopic things that can do great harm. We believe forests are an invitation, so RSVP. We believe life as we know it is happier around a campfire. We believe everyone deserves to be safe.

We believe nature wants to be explored. We believe helping is not optional. We believe non-profits deserve some of ours. We believe babies hate getting bitten by insects as much as adults. We believe bugs is a noun and a verb, neither one fun in the woods. We believe yes, yes you do want our snake venom kit if there’s no ambulance nearby.

We believe the cross thing you make on a mosquito bite with your fingernail is avoidable. We believe yes you can be the first to remove viruses from water. We believe any source of fresh water can become 99.99999% clean.

We believe love and smiles are universal. We believe hugs feel the same in both developed and undeveloped countries. And we believe that thanks are in order for anyone who buys our product. (You help us help refugees, disaster zones and life-saving efforts around the world even though you may not know it.)

Underwater photo of a Sawyer filter being filled with water and a hiker visible above the surface of the water.

OUr Roots

From day one, we’ve created our own higher standards for research and testing to develop products that offer the highest level of protection. There’s a lot at stake. We don’t forget that.

Early 1980s

An Idea Was Formed

An idea for a new type of company was born, one where he can call his own shots, and make community-driven marketable products. Company President Kurt was in partnership with NFL Hall of Famer Gayle Sayers on selling view Finders but ultimately saw more potential with the Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit.

Vintage Sawyer Extractor Ad with Gale Sayers
Vintage Sawyer Extractor Ad with Gale Sayers
1984

Established the Sawyer Extractor in the US

The Extractor Pump Kit was shown to Roger Fortier and the wheels where set in motion. SV marketing (Sports View Marketing) was shut down and Gayle Sayer's got on board with the Extractor Pump Kit.

Vintage Extractor Ad 1984
Vintage Extractor Ad 1984
1985

First Aid Kits Added

While attending a conference in 1984 at the University of Arizona, John Sullivan and Doc Forgey were leading the way in First Aid Kit discussions when wilderness medicine was determining what various protocols would be for specific real world scenarios. Sawyer was able to help build higher standard First Aid Kits that used the same boxes as the Extractor Pump Kit.

Remote Emergency First Aid Kit
Remote Emergency First Aid Kit
1988

Sunscreen and Repellents Added (MAXI-DEET and DEET+ formulas)

Sawyer won the sunscreen bid for the US Military during Desert Storm.

1991

Permethrin Added

The founders of Coulston who originally developed Permethrin Fabric Treatment for military uniforms perfected an odorless after drying consumer grade formula. Sawyer went on to acquire Coulston. Permethrin insect repellent becomes widely available in consumer markets.

1991

Controlled Release Added

The still popular Controlled Release Time Release Lotion comes on the market and briefly wears the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

1990s

Horn of Africa Study

Tulane University proved that just wearing that reduced malaria by 70-80%, because basis for treated bed nets. Also study on permethrin treated shawls in Horn of Africa

2001

Sawyer Begins Exploring Water Filtration Category

After being introduced to some water filtration technology through Passport Health, we begin to work with Innova which was not only the closest company to us but also had the most advanced fibers on the market at this time

2005

Introduction of 0.1 Micron Filter and 0.02 Micron Purifier

Sawyer's proprietary Hollow Fiber Membrane filters and purifiers enter the market.

2007

Picaridin Spray Added

The active ingredient Picaridin is added to our topical lineup. Temporarily sold under the "Fisherman's Formula" name due to it's gear safe nature. However the formula was very well received by an even wider audience so we later dropped the "Fisherman's Formula" name.

2007

Low Cost Gravity System Created

2008

Pilot programs of sustinable impact projects (beta Sawyer INTL)

July - Water With Blessings formed and installed the first Sawyer Filters.

2008

The Fiji Project Begins

Sawyer Partners with GCW with bucket filters

2009

GIS Tracking is Introduced in Ongoing Fiji Projects

Give Clean Water starts tracking household data outcomes with filters - GCL started using basic GIS now, and upgraded to full-blown GIS in 2012.

2009

Ultra 30 Formula Added

2010

First big International Filter Implementation in response to earthquake in Haiti (120,000+ filters)

Once other NGOs saw what the filters were doing in Haiti, they were impressed and now interested

2010

Introduction of Squeeze Filter

2012

Squeeze Filter won Editor's Choice from Backpacker Magazine

2013

Introduction of Sawyer MINI

2015

Picaridin Lotion Added (March)

We knew that Picaridin was a good active but all the 5-15% formulas up until now were not effective.

2015

Begins Partnership with The Last Well to bring border to border clean water to all of Liberia

Begins a partnership with The Last Well to bring border to border clean water to all of Liberia. The Liberia project had already started but they were struggling with "the last mile" installations.  That is when they realized that the tracking dynamic was vital to the success of these rural installations and prove that these filters were not going to get people sick.

2017

Introduction of Select Series of Foam Filters and Purifiers (as well as Micro Squeeze)

2017

Puerto Rico Hit by Two Hurricanes, 200,000+ filters

2018

Began Marshall Islands Project

Clean water project for all of the outer Marshall Islands in every household on the way to border-to-border clean water by 2022.

2020

Tap Filter Launched

We were excited to offer this to the domestic audience but we are even more excited to see the impact these systems can make internationally.

2020

Liberia Completed - Border to Border clean water (137,000 filters)

2021

Kibera Slums Program Launches

The next major project starts, bringing clean water to one of the world's largest slums with the Tap Filter.

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Protecting border to border

We believe we have a moral obligation to help as many people as we can. It’s a cause that each of us believes in and dedicates ourselves to each day.

Clean Water for all

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Picaridin Insect Repellent

Our newest and most popular insect repellent for your skin, Picaridin is safe for use on the whole family and does not harm clothing and gear.

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Stay-Put SPF 30 Sunscreen

Keeping you comfortable and protected all day long with a single application, Sawyer Stay-Put SPF 30 sunscreen uses a non-greasy, Breathable Matrix Formula that spreads into all layers of your skin, uniquely penetrating where other sunblocks simply can’t go.

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Products With Purpose.

If there’s a way to keep you better protected, we find it. If there’s new science, we discover it. Profit never comes before our mission to create best-in-class products that offer you better days in nature. This higher standard also applies to our charitable giving. Since millions don’t have access to clean drinking water, we donate our filters to save lives. Your purchase does a world of good by helping 140 charities in more than 80 countries.

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