Sawyer recently released their new Micro Water Filter and we’re pretty excited about it. In a nutshell, the Micro is more compact, lighter, and more affordable than their very popular Squeeze filter. And unlike the Sawyer Mini - which was smaller and lighter but had a slower flow rate - the Micro has roughly the same flow as the original Squeeze. After several months of field testing on the trail, the Micro is our new go-to Sawyer filter and we think it’s among the best backpacking water filters on the market, hands down.
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May 7, 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).