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For of us who have been on a long hike and have been in the situation where we have sucked the last of our water from our bottle or water bladder and still have several long, hot miles ahead, can relate to the anxiety that ensues. Even worse, is when that hike involves stream crossings with cold, clear water tempting enough to drink. Yet we know that great tasting water will make us very sick, leaving us to choose between the greater risk of dehydration or waterborne illness.
Lifestraw® personal water filter makes it possible to drink from that mountain stream when our water supply runs low or even when we just want a cold drink from the spring run off.
I had a chance to try Lifestraw® in action. It is super easy to use. All I had to do was fill up my water bottle and drink through the straw. It does take a little sucking action to get the water to pull up through the straw. The Lifestraw fit easily in my BPA free bottle. However, it will not fit inside the disposable water bottles as the openings are too small. Therefore, I would recommend using a reusable water bottle.
The Lifestraw® requires no electrical power nor is it battery operated. Instead, it works by user-generated suction. The filter is inside that straw and is made with durable plastic that holds up packed inside my hiking pack. It also has a strap to carry over your shoulder or can be strapped to a pack. The straw can filter up to 1,000 liters of water, ensuring me it will last several summers of hiking and backpacking. The filter uses a hollow fiber micro filtration technology which can remove 99.9999 percent of waterborne bacteria and 99.99 of waterborne protozoan cysts. This means it will filter them out, not kill them. In Utah, where I live, our mountain streams have tested positive for Giardia and other bacteria. I have had the misfortune of drinking from a stream without filtering the water and know how very sick one can get from it. There is no way I am willing to spend a week on a porcelain throne to have a few joyous minutes of cold, mountain water ever again.
I love how easy it is to use the Lifestraw®. What I even love more is that it hardly takes any space in my backpack and adds very little weight. At 2 ounces, it is well worth adding to my day pack. However, for longer backpacking trips, I would recommend using it only as a back up system. Since the filter works through suction, it is not possible to treat a large amount of water for refilling water bladders. While it is possible to tip it upside down and maybe fill a cup, it would take a lot longer than other methods.
No matter what type of filtration system I bring with me on backpacking trips, I will ALWAYS keep the Lifestraw in my pack as a back up. It would be foolish not to with how little space it takes and with how little it costs.
In fact, it wasn’t long ago, I took a wrong turn on a trail, ended up 5 miles out of the way. While I brought plenty of drinking water, I worried at the tail end of my hike, I wouldn’t have enough. I will have more peace of mind carrying this simple filter with me. It is well worth the $20.00 the product retails for.
- Easy to use
- Works well in mountain streams
- Cold water at my disposal
- Filters the bacteria that can cause illness
- Easy to clean
- Company gives back
- Can’t use it to refill water bladders
- Not effective against viruses