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Widely regarded as one of the best water purifiers for the trail, Sawyer’s MINI water filtration system is great for rehydration. It comes in a variety of colors, so if you’re hiking in a group or with your family, everyone can have their own hue to distinguish their filter from the rest (you can also order them in two- or four-packs). It weighs just two ounces, and it can fit in the palm of your hand, so it won’t weigh anyone down, and it’s extremely effective: It removes 99.99999 percent of all bacteria, and 99.9999 percent of protozoa. The filter comes with a drinking pouch, but you can also attach it to regular disposable water bottles — or use the included straw to drink right out of the stream. You won’t have to worry about using it up for quite a while, either. Each filter is good for up to 100,000 gallons of water during its lifetime, and your purchase comes with two of them.

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May 7, 2022

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Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.

Allen Foster


Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.

Alan Dixon


But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.

Shauna Farnell