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Sawyer Squeeze vs Mini — Which Is the Best?

The Sawyer Squeeze and Mini are two of the most popular water filtration systems for backpackers. Either would be a great addition to your Bug Out Bag or to keep in your car or at home in case of emergencies.

In this article, we look at the differences between the two to help you decide which is right for you.

Sawyer Squeeze vs Mini – The Winner

There’s not much to choose between them, but the Sawyer Squeeze is better than the Sawyer mini due to its versatility and faster flow rate.

How the Sawyer Squeeze and Mini Work

Both filters use the same hollow fiber membrane. The u-shaped microtubes trap contaminants while letting decontaminated water to pass through the filter.

The membrane is capable of filtering out particles down to 0.1 microns in size, meaning you’re safe from nasties such as bacteria (including E. coli, Salmonella typhi, Vibrio cholerea and Leptospira), protozoa (including cryptosporidium and Giardia) and microplastics.

Continue reading Alison Ingleby's "Sawyer Squeeze vs Mini" here.

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May 6, 2022

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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).

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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

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