Best Portable Water Filter For Backpacking


Sawyer mini water filtration system

The lightest and most compact water filters available that is better and much more convenient. You just need to attach the mini to its included bag or any compatible water bottle to help squeeze the filtered water into a drinking vessel or your mouth. It’s slow to filter and prone to clogging and the small 16-ounce pouch isn’t the best for filling a standard water bottle so it’s not the best for using when you go camping or hiking only for emergencies. The main drawback with this filter is that the squeeze bags arent meant to last forever, but you can attach them to a compatible water bottle.

What we liked

⦁ Very light and compact
⦁ Filters the water very well
⦁ Very affordable
⦁ Provides clean and safe drinking water

What we didn’t like

⦁ Can only filter small amounts of water
⦁ Can get tired of squeezing the water

Katadyn BeFree water filter

A bottle water filter that you can use as a squeeze filter to remove all the harmful organisms in the water to make it safe to drink. This soft bottle is lightweight, easy to use, and can filter up to 2 liters of water in a minute. You can drink directly from this filter which is very convenient if you’re going on a small trip. However, this filter is only compatible with 42mm wide-mouth bottles so it’s not as versatile as the Sawyer filter that is compatible with any standard 28mm water bottle. But it has a very fast flow rate and is very easy to clean which makes it a fast alternative to a traditional pump, squeeze, and gravity filters.

What we liked

⦁ Soft and ultralight bottle
⦁ Very affordable
⦁ Filters water very fast
⦁ Great flow rate

What we didn’t like

⦁ The microfilter doesn’t last that long
⦁ Only compatible with 42mm bottles

Sawyer squeeze water filter

This is a water filter that you can take with you on almost all your backpacking trips because it’s compact, ultralight, and doesn’t leave a funny chemical taste in your mouth. It comes with two 32 ounce pouches, a cleaning coupling, and other accessories for inline and gravity filtration. You can Squeeze the filtered water into a drinking bottle, into your mouth, or a cooking pot and you can use the squeeze as an inline filter on your hydrating bladder or a gravity system when you need clean water for many people. However, the filter bags wear out in time, but you can carry extra bags and the pouches have a small mouth opening which is a challenge collecting water.

What we liked

⦁ Versatile water filter
⦁ Lightweight and compact
⦁ Fast-flowing filter
⦁ Very affordable

What we didn’t like

⦁ Prone to clogging
⦁ Squeeze bags wear out in time

Portable Aqua Water Purification Tablets

These water purifying tablets are a simple but effective way of chemically treating the water using chlorine dioxide. For backpackers, the tablets are a great choice because a pack of 30 tablets weighs less than 1 ounce and a great backup if your filtration system clogs. These tablets are very effective at killing all the harmful organisms in the unclean water, but it will take 3-4 hours before the water is safe to drink. You’ll still need a way, use a cotton cloth, to remove the particles in the water.

What we liked

⦁ Simple and light to carry
⦁ Effective at killing all the harmful germs
⦁ Very easy to use
⦁ Leaves no after taste

What we didn’t like

⦁ Takes a long time to purify the water
⦁ Still need a way to remove particles in the water

Katadyn Hiker Microfilter

A very reliable pump-based filter that will remove particulates and harmful microorganisms in the water. It comes with a pre-filter at the hose outlet that can filter 750 liters of water depending on the condition of the water. Its very easy-to-use design makes it ideal for campers and serious backpackers. The 0.2-micron glass-fiber filter can be connected to a ¼ inch hydration pack or water bottle or you can use a universal adaptor that is compatible with most water bottles. The activated carbon in the core helps to reduce the chemicals in the water and also improves the taste.

What we liked

⦁ Fairly easy to use
⦁ Lightweight and easy to carry
⦁ Can filter 1 liter in a minute
⦁ Removes any funny taste

What we didn’t like

⦁ Short filter life
⦁ Prone to clogging


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