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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER REVIEW 2023 – PRO’S, CON’S & VERDICT

For backpackers, hikers, and campers, the Sawyer MINI is a tiny water filtration device that won’t take up any space in your pocket or pack. It’s extremely light at just two ounces, but it’s a powerful tool that will filter out over 99% of bacteria and protozoa from water sources you find on the trail.

Like its big brother, the Sawyer Squeeze, the MINI has a 100,000-gallon lifespan with no cartridges to change. Just backflush the filter when the flow rate starts to decrease and it will work like new again. The MINI filters down to 0.1 microns and can be used in many different ways. You can drink straight through it, use it in-line for a hydration pack or a gravity-fed filtration system, or you can use it as a simple filter straw and drink straight from the water source.

Unfortunately, the MINI doesn’t have as much flow as we’d like and we sometimes found ourselves struggling to get enough water through it.

The Sawyer MINI Water Filter – A Quick Look

PROS

  • Ultra-compact and lightweight
  • Impressive 100,000-gallon lifespan
  • Many ways it can be used
  • Very affordably priced

CONS

  • Doesn’t have enough flow
  • O-ring can fall out and then the filter won’t work

Specifications

Brand: Sawyer Products

Product Name: MINI

Weight: 2 oz

Length: 5.5”

Width: 1.5”

Filtration size: 0.1 microns

Lifespan: 100,000 gallons

Removes: Over 99% of bacteria, protozoa, microplastics, sediment

Read the complete article on the Sawyer Mini Filter, written Pete Ortiz here.

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January 10, 2023

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