"Least-loved chore upon reaching camp: Squatting on sore knees over a stream to pump water. New option: this superlight (3 oz.) rig, in which the filter element screws onto a 16-, 32-, or 64-ounce bag that you can fill from all but the weakest trickles and cart to a comfortable seat. Squeeze the bag to force dirty water through the filter; it’s faster than most pumps. $50; sawyer.com"
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--Backpacker Magazine Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Dorn
May 9, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
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).