Effective against: Particulates, Bacteria, Protozoa | Weight: 5.7 oz
- Fast flow
- Versatile & adaptable
- Packable & lightweight
- Great price
- Squeeze bags break
- Parts are easy to lose
- Need to consistently backwash to maintain flow rate
The Sawyer Squeeze is a time-tested, on-the-go filtration system. This lightweight option is wonderful for personal use, providing great functionality on multi-day excursions and daily adventures into the backcountry. Of the multiple Sawyer Squeeze systems, it offers the fastest flow rate, filtering one liter of water in just 40 seconds during our tests. It’s also packable, easily fitting into a running pack or pocket. Use it as a squeeze filter with its accompanying bags or in-line with a hydration bladder. You can even screw it to the top of a compatible water bottle and drink directly from puddles with its complementary straw. Few contenders offer this level of versatility and portability, making it our favorite for personal use.
In our four years of experience, the provided filtration bags have broken after just three to four trips, at which point they require replacement. Consider buying a Platypus Hydration Bladder as a substitute that will last longer than the traditional bags that come with the system. We also notice that bringing the syringe for cleaning is a must to ensure the flow rate stays fast, otherwise, it’ll eventually clog and slow down after just a few filtrations, even in clear water. It also comes with small parts, which are easy to lose. For day trips and personal, this lightweight option comes highly recommended, so long as you bring all its bits.
Find more information on each of the best backpacking water filters of 2021 written by Amber King & Jessica Haist here: https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/camping-and-hiking/best-backpacking-water-filter