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Best Water Filters and Purifiers for the Outdoors 2021

The best water purifiers are reliable, easy to use, and lightweight. It allows the user to quickly remove pathogens from a drinking source and have full confidence that the water is clean. From backpacking to an emergency situation, you’ll find a water purifier system that fits your needs in our top picks.

Even the most pristine waters can harbor diseases. Animal and human waste carry diseases and pathogens such as protozoa, bacteria, and even viruses. With so many choices for water treatments on the market, it’s tricky to know what to select. Get to know what makes the best water purifiers and some of the top filters on the market before investing in one yourself. Using these products can help protect you from disease and discomfort in the wilderness.

Continue learning about the best water filters and purifiers, written by Lindsey Lapointe.

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May 7, 2022

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Field & Stream is the soul of the total outdoorsman, and has been publishing hunting and fishing content since 1895.

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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.

Joanne Gigliotti

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Ultra-compact and lightweight

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I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.

Rachel McVittie