After years of hiking with various water treatment options including chemicals, a Steri-pen, pump systems, or without a filter at all, record setting Jennifer Pharr Davis was drawn to Sawyer's water filtration systems when she became pregnant.
"It seemed too good to be true. But I got it and used it for 600 miles of hiking through farmland and grazing pastures on the GR 11 in the Pyrenees, and then used it hiking through the alluvial planes, glacier melt, and volcanic ash in Iceland. And it never broke! It was fast, easy and kept me and my baby healthy."
She goes on to say, "I definitely became a Sawyer fan based on the filter. But, recently, I was surprised to learn how effective Sawyer bug sprays and sunscreen can be on a camping trip. And I learned a few things that could revolutionize my battle with black flies, mosquitoes and ticks."
-Read Jennifer Pharr Davis' full review here.
Named 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, 2011 Performance of the Year by Ultrarunning Magazine, and 2008 Person of the Year by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
May 8, 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