Top 10 Survival Water Filters

survival water filter 2The first thing you will need in any survival situation is drinkable water.

You can go without food for several days but only hours without water.

Having good clean water will be key to keeping your body running.

Dirty water will make you sick quickly and put you in a very stressful situation.

If your putting together a survival bug out bag or just going out camping in a remote area – you will need a portable water filter to carry with you.

MSR sweetwater micro filter review by Becky: I have had an original “white” model of this filter for many many years and the center filter pump column cracked just a short while ago. The new filter is almost identical except for the color. I consider the MSR SweetWater Microfilter to be my gold standard for water filters. It works flawlessly and effortlessly. I have had other filters but they are always more difficult to pump. This one has never let me down. You would also find that the company honors the lifetime warranty without question. Great company. I will go out of my way to find products by Cascade design (they have the MRS brand) now because of their great customer support. I called them and told them the center stem had cracked on my 25 year old model and they had me send in the cracked stem and sent me a new one within a week. Another customer I met in a store here told me the same story about his old filter. He also had the same experience with them honoring their warranty.

Video – MSR Sweetwater Micro Filter

Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System review by Nick:
I bought the Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System as a lightweight way to keep safe and not get sick from water-born illnesses (Cryptosporidiosis and Giardiasis being the two major ones) while abroad.

I still carry water filtration tablets while abroad as a “just in case” item, but let’s face it – that’s a pain to deal with and you need to be planning ahead. Sometimes you just need to drink now.

I really can’t get over how light this thing is. It weighs less than an ounce, and fits easily inside of any pocket you can think of. The collapsible straw is a bonus.

The straw is rated at being able to filter around 20 gallons of water before it’s discarded.

Katadyn vario review by Ajulz:I recently went to the Ecuadorian Amazon and spent a week living in the rain forest with indigenous people. I went on long treks and relied on the Katadyn Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter to deliver drinking water from streams I passed on the way. The fact that I never got sick is a testament to the effectiveness of the Vario. It was easy to hook up directly to my CamelBak, so there was no chance of contamination. Whenever I used it, I had it in the “longer life” setting where you pump a little less water per minute, but it passes through both filters inside. I’ve used several other filters and the speed and ease which I was able to fill up my 100oz Camelbak is far superior to any of them. The pumping motion is easy to use and it pumps a lot more water even on the “Longer life” (slow) setting than other filters. Overall I think it is a fantastic product that I would recommend to anyone traveling to locations where you don’t know if you can trust the water.

Video – Katadyn vario water filter

NDur Survival Straw review by Jim:
First the item was recieved in very good condition. And the shipping was fast. The NDuR Survival Straw was smaller than expected and very light and portable. Can easily fit into the caps on both ends so no dirt, sand or bugs get in there. This thing filters puddle water from the street! I know because i tried! I wold not hesitate using it for any kind of water you find. Only filters about 25L of water but thats fine for the amount of contaminants it filters! Reccomend for every emergency kit 1 per person!

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System review by EJD:So first off, let me say I ordered this with my Prime account, and it comes with free 2-day shipping…it got here in 1 day. I immediately took it out in the backcountry for a day hike with the dog to give it a try/test in the field. We made it to a nice frozen shoulder of the Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, MT. The temp was below freezing, i’de say 30F, or somewhere around there. I chipped through an ice shelf on the creek and dunked the bag into the ice cold water.

Filling it was easy with the current but I can see some wishing it came with a bigger bag because it doesn’t look like much when the bag is filled. I will probably use a 32oz Platypus bag I have in the future, and carry the included 16oz bag as a backup! Anyway, I screwed the Sawyer Products SP128 Mini Water Filtration System onto the bag, tipped it upside down and water came out with a very effortless squeeze. After I got done laughing about how simple this was, I gave Yoshi a drink as well (my English Bulldog). He also took to it well, as he’s a big fan of drinking from water bottles anyway. So yeah, this is a dog friendly design!

Berkey GSPRT Generic 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle Review by Bill:
I’ve used this product on several trips to Europe. I’ve been pretty healthy and I thank my Berkey Sports Bottle
for that. In the past, I blamed air travel for the “bugs” that got me down while or just after traveling.

Now I’m pretty sure that it is the drinking water. They just do not have the same drinking water as home.

I also use it at work because it’s better than wasting money on plastic bottles and loading the landfill.

LifeStraw review by TS:
For the weight, I believe there is no better backcountry water treatment available.

The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter imparts no strange flavors like its chemical brethren, its flow rate is perfectly acceptable for active pursuits, it has no moving parts to break or filters that need replacing every couple of days, and it does all this at a fraction of the cost and weight of other Filter and UV water treatment options.

Besides, what other water treatment system has been tested successfully by people on a daily basis in the most contaminated parts of our planet?

Question: What about the Lifestraw vs Sawyer.

Answer: I have both in my bug out bag and use the Lifestraw as my backup.


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