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BEST BACKPACKING WATER FILTERS OF 2020

When you’re backpacking, water is the number one necessity. Water is also incredibly heavy, so you don’t want to – and simply won’t be able to – carry all the water you need for a trip on your back. That’s where backpacking water filters come in. They provide clean water anywhere you find a water source. But with all the different types, how do you choose the backpacking water filter that’s right for you? Here at The Adventure Junkies, we have sifted through an assortment of water filters to provide you with clarity in water and in your choice of the best backpacking water filter.

See the full list from Kate Sedrowski on The Adventure Junkies' website here.

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May 7, 2022

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While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

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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).

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

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