TOP 9++ BEST BACKPACKING WATER FILTER

Whoever exploring the backcountry needs water, but staying hydrated is way more different than drinking straight from streams and lakes. To protect against dozens of diseases coming from drinking straight from impure sources, there is actually a wide range of water filtration and purification systems made specifically for backpacking. All best backpacking water filters mentioned below include literally everything from straw filters and chemical drops to pumps and large-quantity gravity filters. 

 

Platypus GravityWorks 4L

 

With no doubt, the Platypus GravityWorks is for sure one of the most convenient water filters existing. Instead of pumping, this incredible system requires minimal to zero effort and can filter up to four liters of water at once, with a speedy flow rate of 1.75 liters per minute. This filter is absolutely great for large groups, but it is still pretty enjoyable on smaller outings as well when you can quickly retrieve your daily water and get back to your camp to fill up individual bottles.

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Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

 

This Sawyer Squeeze is probably the perfect example for ultralight water treatment and has always been a role model for years. By using just 3 ounces, the filter provides filtered water as fast as you can squeeze. The system operates by filling the included 32-ounce pouches with dirty water, then squeezing them into a clean bottle, or straight into your mouth. For small groups of travelers or those solo ones, it is a simple option, provided they know the location of rivers or other water sources. 

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MSR Guardian Purifier System

 

Even though the MSR Guardian is much more pricey than any other filters, this pump is the real deal. Most importantly, it is both a water filter and purifier, which means you can get the top level of protection against many diseases, along with a filter that is capable of removing debris. Furthermore, the Guardian comes with advanced self-cleaning technology and it is not easy to break down. In fact, the Guardian is such a reliable and convenient system that it is also utilized as an emergency water purifier after natural disasters. 

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Katadyn Micropur MP1

 

Firstly, Katadyn Micropur tablets are a simple and effective chemical treatment utilizing chlorine dioxide. To backpackers, this tournament tablet is probably one of the must-have since the tablets weigh only 1 ounce for 30 which make them one of the lightest options. In addition, each tablet is individually and carefully wrapped and therefore can be used differently for the specifics of your trip. To use the Katadyn, just drop one tablet into a liter of water and wait for the chemical to start working. Wait 15 minutes for protection from viruses and germs and bacteria, 30 minutes for Giardia, and four hours for Cryptosporidium.

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Katadyn BeFree Collapsible Bottle 1L

 

The Katadyn BeFree comes with an extremely lightweight, easy-to-operate, and nice, streamlined build. The BeFree allows you to drink as you would with the water running directly through the filter on its way to your mouth. The design of this bottle excels on long runs when water is available: the filter sits nicely inside the bottle, its wide mouth makes it easy to refill, and the whole set-up only weighs 2.3 ounces. Plus, when empty, the BeFree system can fit in the palm of your hand.

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Rather than just manually filtering into a bottle or a separate reservoir, the Thru-Link Inline is attached directly to the hose of your bladder and starts filtering as you hike. All you have to do is dip your reservoir into a water source and start drinking. When you get to camp, the MSR also can be utilized as a traditional gravity system for pump-free filtration. Although many great potentials, users should pay attention to those who like to drink from a bladder, the convenience of the MSR is hard to match.

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Aquamira Water Treatment

 

 

At just 3 ounces and $15, Aquamira is a liquid chlorine dioxide solution that effectively kills all different kinds of diseases. In order to start purifying water, just mix 7 drops of Part A and 7 drops of Part B in the exact order in the included cap, let it sit for a solid five minutes, and drop the mixture into 1 liter of water. Remember to wait 15 minutes before drinking for protection from Giardia, bacteria, and viruses, or four hours to kill Cryptosporidium. With no doubt, this system is inexpensive, lightweight, and for sure will not malfunction like some other complicated filters and purifiers.

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MSR Trail Base Gravity Filter System 2L

 

It is probably impossible to find a more versatile water filtration system than this MSR Trail Base. By using a gravity filter system with their popular TrailShot hand pump together, MSR created a unique combination that works well both at base camp or on the trail. The Trail Base comes with two reservoirs—a dirty one and a clean one—which both hang and cycle water to the clean reservoir by way of gravity. The filter on the Trail Base can easily disconnect and double as a functional hand pump for water. In addition, the clean reservoir works really well for carrying water, eliminating the need for bulky water bottles. 

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SteriPen Ultralight UV Water Purifier

 

For longer than a decade, SteriPen has always held a unique place in the heart of the water purification market. Instead of all the complicated gravity filters, pumps, and chemical drops,, this UltraLight uses UV rays to destroy all types of bacteria, protozoa, and viruses. Indeed a full purification process at less than 3 ounces total for the unit. It takes roughly 90 seconds to purify 1 liter of water, and in order to do so, simply dip the SteriPen in the water and start swirling until the light turns green. Do keep in mind that the SteriPen purifies but does not filter the water, therefore remember to get a good source.

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Whether you are going on a hike or on a camping trip, keeping yourself hydrated should always be the first priority. Make sure you purchase one of the filters, purifiers, and treatments in order to get yourself some quality water to drink on your adventure.

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