"Access to potable water is always a concern for adventurers. The Sawyer Squeeze Filter System ($60) is a welcomed new alternative in a field typically limited to iodine tablets, filter pumps, or good old fashion boiling. Its included 12, 16, and 32oz reusable containers are built to hold contaminated water, which is then cleaned by squeezing it through the attachable filter into your canteen of choice. Thanks to a built in push/pull cap, campers can also safely drink directly from the filter (which removes 99.99999% of all containments) or attach it to most threaded plastic bottles instead of the bags. Weight and space are the main benefits of the system’s smart design, since the included pouches are easily collapsible and weigh next to nothing. Avoiding dysentery and packing light seems like a winning combination to us."
--Review by Ethan Dougherty on August 9, 2011 from Gear Patrol
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).