LONG TRAIL GEAR
Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System
Treating water doesn’t get much simpler than this.
Lightweight, long-lasting, inexpensive—all words that are music to a thru-hiker’s ears, and all of which describe the Mini. It weighs just 2 ounces and is a shorter than a beer can, but can filter up to 100,000 gallons of water. “With regular backflushing my Mini has performed impeccably for four years,” one tester says. The device screws onto most disposable plastic bottles, and you can use it on its own or with a reservoir hose. Its .1-micron hollow fiber filter protects against bacteria and protozoa, but not viruses. 2 oz.
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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).