water-filter-review sawyer-squeeze

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

Must-know info:
* $40
* 5.2 ounces
* Filters “up to 1,000,000 gallons”
* Filters bacteria and protozoa but not viruses
* 0.10 Micron Filter
* Can’t sustain freezing.

Initially I had my doubts about the Sawyer Squeeze, it looks cheap and gimmicky. In use it’s better than it looks. It takes around a minute to fill a 32-ounce water bottle. It packs small and in real-word weight is the lightest of the test. The filter can also fit on your average store-bought water bottle, which is good because the supplied bag is notoriously prone to wearing out before the filter. I’d suggest having a backup as no other system is as prone to failure. The Squeeze can also be used on the go without a separate water bottle. The reservoir bag has a small opening and it needs either a deep water source, or vertically falling water to fill. It’s near impossible to fill in shallow flat-water, and if you’re not careful it’s easy to contaminate your bottle with a few water drops from the bag. We find the claim of a million gallons to be dubious — based on the size and technology of this filter, it should last around 1,000 liters in the real world with standard amounts of particulate in the water.

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