For many enthusiasts a backpacking water filter is essential gear needed, since we can only carry so much water in a pack and the risk of drinking water without backpacking filters from a stream or other source is just not worth the risk.
There are many quality backpacking and hiking water filters on the market that consumers and we found are just the ticket for needing a compact but effective unit at an affordable cost which are supplied by the popular Katadyn and MSR brands.
If you're new to buying water purifying and filtering systems for the outdoors we would advise you to take a look at the Camping water filter and purifiers guide to gain a better understanding of how they function and which type is best suited for you.
We take a look at the best filters on the market today that outdoor enthusiasts have put to the test that should provide a good idea of where you want be spending your hard earned cash.
The only thing more important than staying light on your feet during a long hike is staying properly hydrated with clean, bacteria-free water. Now any water source you pass can be a place to refill your water bottles and canteens without hauling a heavy, bulky water-purifying system. These lightweight filters pack away compactly into your gear and deliver up to one quart of water per minute.
The Pocket Microfilter is the most rugged, highest-capacity microfilter on the market. Katadyn's exclusive silver-impregnated ceramic element eliminates most waterborne bacteria, protozoa and cysts, and filters up to 13,000 gallons before needing to replace the cartridge. The heavy-duty construction lasts throughout your travels and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Includes prefilter, bottle clip, carry bag, measuring gauge and cleaning pad. Replacement cartridges are available.
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