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Filters and Purification: MEMBER's FAVORITES for High Sierra Backpacking

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 24 July 2018

 Member's Favorites

What are, and how do we select the best Water Filtration, Purification, Treatment, and Usage System for High Sierra backpackers?

The fundamental requirement for me is clean water quickly. By clean I mean taste as well as purity, so chemicals are regaled to emergency status.

Next, I want to purify as little water as possible. I will filter only the water for drinking, while my cooking and cleaning water will remain unpurified. Thus I need a system to bring unfiltered water to camp for cooking, cleaning, and to provide stock for purified water.


Build Your Backpacking Water Systerm
Water Filter/Filtration Basics

"The Alex"
Water System
Gear List


Thus our backpacking water filtration-purification unit is the centerpiece of a system moving as much water as necessary while filtering as little of it as possible. My water-carrier is a .75 gallon old juice jug from Costco with a quality screw-lid. I use one 22 oz hand bottle during Summer along with the jug. During Winter the jug is replaced by three 22 oz water bottles.

Dharma Water Company
The specifics of your system determine how much water you filter. How much of your water you filter determines how much time and use you put on your filter every day. Daily use determines the lifespan of gear, and how much of your life you spent pumping, squeezing, or shocking your water, rather than engaging the environment.

How we approach maintaining the necessary and fundamental elements of life determines their role and meaning in our life. And ours.

The water filters-purification systems specified below were named by  members as their favorites.


Member's Favorite Backpacking Water Filters


The Pur School of Thought

lotsbackpacker                          Katadyn Hiker Pro filter

AlexW                                        Hiker Pro filter: Review: Excellent

gbrahaney                                  Katadyn Hiker Pro Water System 

Rocky                                        Kataydin Backpacker model

Frddet1                                      Katedyn

Johnnymans                              Katydn

(Note:  Katadyn purchased the "Pur Hiker" and manufactures exactly the same filter,
in black, as the Katadyn Hiker. My old pro must be 20 years old now...) 



Gone Slow & Mountain Man               Sawyer Squeeze Bag Filter

Flower                                              Sawyer Squeeze

rn2pacu                                            Sawyer Mini Filtration

Razzi                                               Sawyer Mini Filter

Hiking 50                                          Sawyer Mini

Kayamper                                         Sawyer

PerfectDay                                       Sawyer




Polvito1977                                        Platypus

JDVandevelde                                    Platypus gravity filter




                                       Versa Flow



More Pumps

AlexW                                         Sweetwater: Tolerable, but slow and clogs easily.

ARI                                             MSR Miniworks: Hard pumping, slow, clogs easily.

Ekulytes84                                  MSR Hyperflow 



Let There Be Light

Aaron.C@TM-2009                   Steripen

idria1                                       Steripen Adventurer




Troy Kent                                  Iodine



Keep It Simple 

ihike                                          H2O bottle! :)



Also See

Water Filter/Filtration Basics


"The Alex"
Water System

High Sierra Backpacker Gear List


Post up your experiences, reviews, and/or comments about the water systems you've deployed or observed.


The Whole Gear Forum


Check the Members Favorites for 

Best Internal Framed Packs


Best External Framed Backpacks


Best Ultra Light Packs


Best Backpacking Boots


Best Backpacking Socks


Best Trekking Poles



Best Backpacking Stoves


Best Backpacking Cookware


Best Backpacking Water Purification


Best Backpacking Tents


Best Sleeping Bags


Best Sleeping Pads


Best Backpacking Shirts & Pants


Favorite Backpacking Gear Bits


Best Backpacking Camp Chairs 


Best Backpacking Guitar







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