Best Backpacking Water Filters and Treatment of 2018
An unrivaled price-to-weight ratio in our extensive review, the Sawyer Mini takes the cake for our Best Buy award. It’s inexpensive, lightweight, and small, making it the optimal option for backpacking – even if you aren’t on a budget. Weighing only 1.4 ounces for the filter and costing a mere $25, you’ll get a filter that Sawyer claims will last for 100,000 gallons. The similar and popular LifeStraw weighs a bit more, is four inches longer, and is less versatile than the Mini, but it does cost $5 less. We find the Mini to be the best filter for personal use in the backcountry.