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The Best Backpacking Water Filters of 2020

For 10 years, we've bought and rigorously tested 65+ of the best backpacking water filters. Our 2020 review compares 24 of the top products available. Our team of parched backcountry testers put these devices and treatments through a battery of side by side tests and comparisons across in the field and in our "lab." To push them to their limits, we used them on the worst waters we could find, including contaminated waterways and stagnant pools. We filtered hundreds of gallons of water to bring you our best recommendations for the right filtration or purification system to keep you happy and healthy on your adventures.

See the full review by Amber King and Jessica Haist on Gear Lab's website here.


October 29, 2023

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