No items found.

Sawyer Mini vs Sawyer Squeeze:  Which Filter Is Best for Thru-Hiking?

The Sawyer Squeeze has been the thru-hiker’s preferred water filter for many years. It’s lightweight, efficient, and affordable. The Sawyer Mini is an even smaller, lighter, and cheaper version of the full-size Squeeze, so it must be an even better choice for weight-conscious hikers, right? Right?

Maybe not.

For once, the lightest, smallest option is probably not the best choice for hardcore backpackers. The full-size Sawyer Squeeze is a better choice for thru-hiking than the Sawyer Mini even though it’s an ounce heavier because it’s a more reliable product. Let’s compare the two filters in more detail to determine why.

Continue reading the comparison written by Kelly Floro here.


October 4, 2023

Written by
Photo thumbnail Blog Author

Kelly Floro

Oh hey there! I'm Ibex, the lead writer and content editor of this site. I mostly spend my spare time scheming new adventures and inadvertently setting my hair on fire while cooking. Appalachian Trail 2018 Wonderland Trail (+ a dozen or so other NPS trails) 2019 Colorado Trail 2020 Colorado Trail 2021.

Explore More Content

Media Mentions

Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.

Media Mentions

Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
Media Mentions from

Media Mentions

The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.

WXYZ Detroit 7
Media Mentions from WXYZ Detroit 7