There’s been lots of “jolly” fun with awards recently, so I thought I’d join in. Instead of a gazillion categories, I’m just going to have one: Gear of the Year. I’m not going to bother with an Oscars style list of candidates, I’m going to get straight to the winner: the Sawyer Mini Water Filter.
I bought the Sawyer Mini Filter about a year ago and it’s been brilliant. The actual filter itself weighs a measly 38g and fits onto bladders like Source and Platypus as well as many disposable drinks bottles.
In the past, I’ve used the Travel Tap and the Super Delios filters. What I like about the Sawyer Mini is it’s very light and compact. It has the best flow rate of any filter I’ve used and works well with the Source Liquitainer bladders I use for water storage.
I know many people still don’t filter water, especially in Scotland. However, you never know when water might be contaminated and I’d rather be safe than suffer from an upset stomach due to bad water. The Sawyer makes it so simple that I can’t see the point in not filtering.
It should last virtually forever as it will filter 100,000 gallons. It’s also backwashable with a syringe, so maintainance is easy. It’s so simple, I can’t really find fault with it. It’s been a constant companion on all my trips since I bought it.
Disclosure: the Sawyer Mini Filter was purchased with my own funds. I have no relationship with Sawyer.