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Best Backpacking Water Filters of 2021

From ultralight chemical purifiers to gravity filters for large groups, we break down the top outdoor water treatment options

Everyone exploring the backcountry needs water, but staying hydrated is not as simple as drinking straight from streams and lakes. To protect against protozoa, bacteria, and even viruses, there is a wide range of water filtration and purification systems built specifically for backpacking (many options on this list are great for day hiking, trail running, and travel too). Our top picks for 2021 below include everything from ultralight straw filters and chemical drops to pumps and large-quantity gravity filters.

Interested in learning more? Click on the link to continue reading the complete article written by the Switchback Travel Staff that explores multiple water filter options, as well as, other things to know when staying hydrated in the backcountry.

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October 22, 2023

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