Backpacking Water Filters

Water treatment is an essential aspect of backpacking – luckily, there are many options available, from chemicals, to killing off contaminants with ultraviolet light, to backpacking filters and purifiers.

Backpacking filters remove protozoa, parasites, and bacteria from water, making it fit for drinking, while water purifiers also remove viruses. Water filters employ a variety of methods for stripping out harmful organisms, including the use of paper filters, ceramic filters, chemicals, or a combination of elements. For most purposes, water filters work just fine, making your water safe to drink, and letting you drink freely, without worrying about getting sick from your water.

Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter

The Katadyn Hiker Pro Filter is a very popular water filter that filters water quickly (1 litre per minute) and easily. The filter includes a field maintenance kit to help with any issues that may arise in the field, a cleanable filter protector, which helps to extend the life of the filter...
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MSR MiniWorks EX Water Filter

The MSR MiniWorks EX is a robust filter that is field maintainable and produces clean, safe water reliably. The ceramic/carbon filter removes bacteria, protozoa, and removes unpleasant tastes and odors that can be caused by iodine, chlorine, and pesticides...
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Katadyn Vario Water Filter

The Katadyn Vario water filter combines multiple filtration technologies to quickly and effectively clean your water. The bidirectional pumping speeds up the whole pumping process by utilizing both the down and upstroke when you are pumping...
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Katadyn Pocket Water Filter

This water filter gets some style points, but it provides a sturdy and heavy-duty construction that makes it reliable in a variety of conditions...
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MSR SweetWater Microfilter

Eliminating over 99.9999% of all waterborne bacteria, as well as delivering great tasting water, the MSR Sweetwater Microfilter has long been a favorite of hikers and backpackers...
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Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter

The manual cranking of the pump, the hunched over posture, being a sitting duck for that cloud of mosquitoes moving ever closer. Pumping water is a pain...
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