THE BEST BACKPACKING WATER FILTERS OF 2020
Written By: Kristen Bor
A backpacking water filter is a key essential for any multi-day outdoor adventure. Why is a water filter so important? Parasites and viruses live in the lakes and rivers that you rely on to stay hydrated in the backcountry. Giardia is the most common and can cause abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting – not exactly what you had planned for your next adventure, right?
Some argue that you don’t always need to filter water where streams are fed by fresh snow-melt, but keep in mind that if livestock, wildlife, or humans can reach an area, so can contaminants that are transferred via fecal matter.
In this roundup of the best backpacking water filters, we’ll walk you through the key factors to consider when choosing one and share our favorite recommendations for your next adventure, whether it’s a quick weekend backpacking trip, a car camping expedition or a long-distance thru-hike!
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