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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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October 21, 2023

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