Sawyer Water Filter Review Average Hiker
The Sawyer Water Filter Review describes a filter that is easy to use, reliable, and durable. After a lot of research, I decided to use this filter on my 2020 Colorado Trail hike.
Sawyer makes the Sawyer Squeeze and the Sawyer Mini. The Sawyer Mini is a lighter filter, but I need a durable filter that is not prone to clogging like the Sawyer Mini Filter. The Sawyer Squeeze is only one ounce more than the Mini.
Sawyer Water Filter Review – My Requirements
- Bacteria & Protozoa Removal – I am not too concerned about virus removal since I mostly backpack and hike in the US. If this changes, then I will look at alternatives like pump filters or chemical treatments.
- Ease of Use – When I filter, I do not want a lot of moving parts like hoses, batteries, canisters, etc.
- Light Weight – Weight is essential. Filters and treatments are not that heavy, but a few extra ounces here and there eventually add up to a few extra pounds.
Sawyer Water Filter Review – Quick Specifications
- Filter Material – Hollow Fiber
- Weight – 3 oz
- Removes – Bacteria, Protozoa, E. Coli, Giardia, Vibrio Cholera, Salmonella typhi, Microplastics
May 5, 2022
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My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).