Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Let's face it, going a long period of time without any water to drink is not fun and sometimes uncomfortable.  I recently came across a clever, useful little item that you can take along with you if you are in need of clean, drinkable water.  Because of its small stature and being extremely lightweight, you can carry it almost anywhere in anything for all of your outdoor adventures, traveling, boating, and even emergency preparedness needs. 

The Sawyer mini water filter is small, compact, lightweight, and very affordable.  Sawyer prides itself with its technology being derived from kidney dialysis.  The filter "removes 99.99999% of ALL harmful bacteria including E. coli, salmonella and bacteria which causes cholera and typhoid.  Removes 99.9999% of protozoa such as cryptosporidium and giardia.According to Sawyer, with proper care and usage, the filter is good for "100,000 gallons."  With the filter's unique internal architecture, these filters have some of the best flow rates that I have ever seen. 

For their size, I am extremely impressed with their performace.

The Sawyer Mini Water Filter kit comes with: 
  • the filter (weighs 1.4 oz) 
  • a squeeze bag (weighs .8 oz) 
  • a straw (weighs .2 oz) 
  • a cleaning plunger (weighs 1.0 oz)
 The total weight of the kit is just 3.4 oz and costs under $25 
(The Platypus collapsible bottle shown is not included).

The filter is 6" long and weighs just 1.4 oz.  
The capped end is where the clean water exits from.  
The opposite open threaded end is where the 'dirty' water enters the unit.

It is less than an 1 1/2" wide.
The included 'squeeze' bottle is about 9 1/2" long and 5" wide. 

Rolled up, the bottle is only 3" tall.

Although the kit comes with it's own bag, I did read some reviews that the Platypus collapsible bottle is much more hardy in the long run and is compatible with the threads on the filter.  
The one liter bag shown here, 
is 11" long, 6" wide, and weighs just 1.2 oz.   
(FYI, among the reviews, it was stated that some Platypus collapsible bottles my not have compatible threads.  Check before you buy!)

Rolled up, the Platypus is less than 3" tall.

This is my MSR water filter and Nalgene water bottle that screws onto the bottom of the filter.  I have had the filter for many years and it has filtered many gallons of water.  Although it is extremely reliable and very sturdy, it is also quite bulky and large in size.  As much as I have loved this piece of equipment, weighing in at a hefty 15.8 oz and with dimensions of 8" long by 3 1/2" wide, my once go-to water filter, has now been relocated and will take up residence in my 'Just In Case' the car.

Comparing the two water filter kits side by side.  
Not only is the Sawyer much smaller and lighter, 
it is far less expensive.

The Sawyer is also very versatile with it's use of configurations.

The Sawyer filter is easily attached to the Platypus bladder.

The Sawyer filter attached to the bladder included with the kit.

The Sawyer filter can also be integrated 
into your hydration bladder.  
(Picture courtesy of

With the straw that came with your kit, 
you can easily use your filter on various types of water sources.

To clean your filter, use the plunger that was included in your kit to 'back flush' the filter.   
Because you are able to back flush and clean the unit, the design of the filter has the ability to clean itself and the internal filter will not need to be replaced.


The Sawyer filter wrapped inside the one liter 
Platypus collapsible bottle.  
Weighing in at a mere 1.6 oz this is a perfect compact, extremely lightweight, and very effective water filtration system.

For more information on Sawyer water filters and their other products, visit:

"I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man."
 ~Henry David Thoreau