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Skip the water cooler talk with a filtered water bottle.

Clean drinking water is imperative, no matter what you're doing.

Whether you're at the hunting lease, backpacking, or even at work, having access to clean water is crucial if you want to stay hydrated and feel good.

An energy drink or coffee before taking on the day is fine, but it's useless if you aren't drinking water afterward.

Instead of figuring out how to get huge water jugs into the backcountry, consider a filtered water bottle. A filtering water bottle is a game-changer for those who drink a lot of water.

I think we can all attest that we'd take a bottle of Smartwater over a glass of tap water, correct? That's because we know the water tastes better from the plastic bottle because it's been filtered (a lot).

Buying cases of plastic bottles isn't the most eco-friendly option, and face it, you already know it's going to be cheaper just to buy a reusable water bottle. Or even better, a filtered bottle.

Here are 12 of the best filtered water bottles we could track down and a few thoughts on each one.

CDC & Water Filters

The CDC says not all filters are created equal. This is very true, especially with the filters in water bottles, so pay attention to manufacturer descriptions.

"Some filters can remove parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia if used properly. However, they may not remove viruses and bacteria. Germs could still be present in your filtered water."

Since Giardia is a common waterborne illness, we recommend water bottles that filter out germs that cause diarrhea. Of course, not every filter is able to get the dirtiest of water to be potable. Still, they can prevent some pretty nasty illnesses if you're exposed to Giardia and other parasites.

What the CDC Recommends for Camping

"Using an absolute 1-micron filter (1-micron sized holes or smaller) or a filter labeled as certified by NSF Standards 53 or 58 will remove parasites if used properly, but will not remove viruses or all bacteria. Check the label of your filter product."

If you are interested in learning more about the best filtered water bottles, find the complete article written by Allison Johnson here


May 8, 2022

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