Best Backpacking Water Filters of 2022
We tested backpacking water filters and treatment systems from Platypus, Sawyer, Katadyn, LifeStraw, and others to find the best option for your adventures
Our filtration gurus have bought and tested 43 of the best backpacking water filters over the last 11 years. This updated review covers 26 filters and treatment systems. We tested these filters extensively on various adventures, from climbing trips in Peru to running expeditions across the USA to fastpacking adventures in Iceland. We evaluate portability and ease of backcountry maintenance in the field while also investigating critical aspects such as what each model removes from the water and the amount of time it takes to process one potable liter of water. We are confident in offering any backcountry traveler our insights and recommendations based on our comprehensive field and objective in-house testing.
When it comes to backpacking, having the right gear makes all the difference. Whether you're in the market for a new pack, some solid footwear, or a compact cooking system, rest assured we have recommendations for you. From tents to base layers, you'll be ready for the backcountry in no time.
June 4, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
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.
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).
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