When you plan on what to pack in your backpack when preparing for a longer hiking trip you probably also want to carry a water filtration system with you.
In the past I had a look on water filtration systems which looked more durable but were heavy and took a lot of space in my backpack.
However, recently new solutions have appeared on the market for outdoor enthusiasts who prefer to travel light.
In this article I am going discuss if you should choose the Sawyer Mini or the LifeStraw Personal water filter as a possible ultralight water filter solution.
Sawyer Mini vs. LifeStraw Personal
|LifeStraw Personal||Sawyer Mini|
|filter size (micron)||0.2||0.1|
The Lifestraw Personal Water Filter is a solution which does not need to be assembled like the LifeStraw water filter. It works (as you might have guessed) like a straw.
However, there are certain disadvantages with the LifeStraw comparted to the Sawyer. First of all, it’s not a solution to filter water in a bottle. So if you are planning to hike in a really dry area where you won’t find any rivers etc. you might have the wrong water filter with you.
Another disadvantage of the LifeStraw is that it is not able to clean as much water as the Sawyer. So for longer trips I would rather take the Sawyer with me than the LifeStraw.
When would I pick the LifeStraw filter?
Probably, if I would like to have a backup solution with me or if I am planning to hike nearby a river where I don’t want to carry a heavy water bottle with me. I could just take the LifeStraw and take a sip out of the river.
The Sawyer Mini is currently the water filter which goes into my backpack. It’s small, light and able of cleaning a huge amount of water.
Even so the filter needs a little bit of assembling work before you can use it I found it a much better and versatile solution than the LifeStraw.
Usually, I always filter water before I use it. This is also the case when I prepare lunch or dinner and have to boil water. I know, boiling water would also kill the bacterias but it’s just a habit.
Moreover, I am also able to remove small particels by using a filter.
Chosing a water filter system is of course a personal choice. In my case I like to have a water filter which does the job, is leighweight and has a long lifespan. Currently, I found the Sawyer Mini the perfect solution for my outdoor trips.
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