We're honored to be featured in Backpacker Magazine's 10 Essentials list!
Be sure to pick up a copy of the April 2014 Gear Guide Issue to see what else they recommend but here is what they had to say about the Sawyer Mini Water Filter:
"This pipsqueak, measuring not much larger than a roll of quarters and weighing less than a Snickers Bar, proved itself on multiple trips in Utah and Colorado. It's built to be installed inline on a hydration system- just slice the hose, insert the filter, and you're done.
"Delicious drinking water without any hassle or the arm-fatigue of pumping" says one tester. If you eschew hydrations systems, the Mini screws onto a standard size soda bottle or any of Sawyer's soft-sided bags (16 to 64 oz : $8-$9 for three packs). It even comes with a straw for sucking water straight from the source."
May 19, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
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).