Finding clean water in the backcountry can be a challenge, and chancing getting sick from potentially contaminated streams and lakes is never worth the risk. Find the best water purification system for your next backcountry trip with expert advice from Backpacker’s gear experts.
Deal of the Week: Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter
This tried-and-true filter is guaranteed to last.
When the Squeeze debuted in 2012 it represented a major leap in water filter technology, and we gave it an Editors’ Choice Award. Almost a decade later, it’s still one of the best filters on the market: It weighs just 3 ounces, can filter up to a million gallons, and provides clean water quickly via its included 32-ounce squeeze pouch or a plastic water bottle. Sawyer has since introduced smaller, lighter filters, but the longevity of the original Squeeze system still makes it a favorite of hikers everywhere. Get the Squeeze from EMS for 20 percent off its $49.99 list price, dropping it to $39.99.
Are you in the market for a new water purification system? You can read about multiple water purification systems on the market to prepare for your next trip here.
May 7, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
Of all the creepy crawlers, ticks keep me on high alert. They can be very tiny in the nymph stage and difficult to see. They love to hang out in tall grasses along the trail and hitch a ride on hikers passing by. I plan on treating most of my clothes and gear with Sawyer Permethrin.
Ultra-compact and lightweight
I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.