After getting frustrated with the amount of water I was carrying on me / the bike for a full days touring and still running low I thought there must be a better option. If your route involves passing water sources such as rivers, streams or lakes and you don’t mind periodically stopping to refill your bottle, then the Sawyer water filtration system could be your answer.
It allows you to safely drink from virtually any free flowing water source instantly. You can bottle the dirty water in a standard water/coke bottle then screw the Sawyer filter to the top and bingo you’ve got clean drinkable water.
When drinking from the filter it requires a strong suck, much like drinking a milkshake through a straw. If you prefer freer flowing water from the bottle than you can decanter by squiring into your drinks bottle. It takes around 20 seconds to filter 500ml of water.
Sawyer claim that it removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; and 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium. The filter should last for around 100,000 gallons (454,609 liters) of water, that’s a lot of water.
They include a plastic syringe/plunger in the pack which allows you to backwash the filter, effectively cleaning it and giving it a new lease of life. No need to buy expensive replacement cartridges.
Weighing just 50g (similar to a mars bar) and available from around £23 this is without doubt this is the most cost effective weight saving you’ll ever make.
The Sawyer mini water filtration system is available from Amazon