There is nothing worse than getting sick when out in the wilderness. An upset stomach (or worse) can certainly ruin an otherwise epic hiking trip or a fun camping trip with the family. One of the most common causes of stomach problems while hiking or camping is drinking contaminated water. While the stream that runs next to your campground might look crystal clear, it can be hard to know what is upstream. Bacteria, parasites, and other potential disease-causing agents are invisible to the human eye, and can quickly leave you holed up in the tent while the rest of your companions are out enjoying the Great Outdoors.
Small, portable water filters usually weigh under a pound but are easily one of the most important and essential pieces of outdoor gear for hiking, backpacking, and camping enthusiasts. In this short article, we offer an in-depth comparison of two of the most common portable water filters on the market.
Sawyer Mini vs Lifestraw Comparison
The Sawyer Mini and the Lifestraw are two of the most popular and widely known personal water filter devices. On the surface, they may appear to be very similar as both are hollow fiber membrane water filters. In layman´s terms, this means that the water you drink or use must path through a membrane that acts like a type of mesh or net that filters out potential pathogens. Both of these quality filtering products claim to be able to filter out over 99% of several types of waterborne pathogens, including algae, bacteria, protozoa, giardia, and other types of parasites.
Despite these similarities, both of these filtering devices are very different in terms of how they are used. Below, we look into these differences.