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The 6 Best Backpacking Water Filters to Keep Your Adventures Illness-Free

Water is heavy and a pain to carry hiking. When made safe to drink, outdoor water sources are the answer. Here are the best backpacking water filters and purifiers to keep you from coming home with a stomach bug.

Your Four Options for Treating Water on the Trail

Even the most pure-looking mountain streams can have bacteria and protozoa in them that will make you sick, such as parasitic giardia and cryptosporidium. If you’re traveling internationally, water may have viruses in it too. So, if you’re not sure about water quality, it’s time to listen to your grandma when she told you, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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May 7, 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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