Sawyer Mini Water Filter

Sawyer Mini Water Filter

If you have read any of my previous blogs, reviews, etc you will know that I am not only into fishing but that my other hobby is bushcraft/survival skills.

Now I don’t claim to be an expert as although I have dabbled in bushcraft most of my life I have only seriously taken it as a hobby over the last five or so years.

One thing I have always practiced and played around with is water filtration and purification and my usual method is to get a 2 litre plastic pop bottle put a small hole in the lid, then place a small piece of t-shirt over the opening and screw the lid back on. Next cut off the bottom of the bottle and fill with grass, charcoal, etc and allow the water to filter through.

The water would still need boiling to purify and make it safe to drink but that was good old fashioned survival skills.

There are all sorts of water purification devices on the market these days and after looking at the various styles and manufacturers one stood out to me more than any of the others and was reasonably priced at around the £30 mark (I’ve seen some that have an rrp of hundreds of pounds).

The device was called the Sawyer SP128 Mini Filter System and weighs in at just 65 grams and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

When the filter arrives you will find that it is a complete kit and includes a water filter, drinking straw, cleaning syringe and a 1.5 litre collapsable drinking pouch.

I was also astounded that it came with a guarantee to filter 100,000 gallons of water and to remove 99.99999% of harmful bacteria due to its 0.1 micron hollow fibre membrane filter!! That’s better than any other device I have seen.

I also read that if you lose your water pouch, the filter has been designed in such a way that you can screw it directly to most standard threaded bottles.

Of course if you don’t have your pouch or a bottle you can simply attach the straw and drink directly from the water source you have found.

After a bit more reading I was impressed to find out that this device is being used in more than 70 countries where finding clean water is a daily struggle, so it is actually being used in real life emergency situations on a daily basis.

This would also be ideal to take on fishing trips to stop you getting dehydrated on hot summer days.

So all of this sounds absolutely fantastic but what did I think to it in practice?

I thought the pouch that came with it made water collection super easy and to use all you do is fill the pouch from the body of water you are near such as a stream, lake, canal or river and then attach the filter to the opening of the pouch. After this simply squeeze the pouch to push the water through the filter into your water bottle, if you don’t have a water bottle you can drink straight from the filter and just squeeze the pouch so that the water goes into your mouth.

Filling the pouch with water from one of my local streams, I started filtering and drinking half a pint every day to see what would happen (disclaimer, do this at your own risk). After one week I was still fine with no side effects and the water tasted delicious.

The kit rolled up to fit in my pocket (although I will be getting a small pouch to keep it in) so that I hardly noticed I was carrying it. If you are a keen bushcrafter, survivalist, fisherman or just want safe drinking water when camping or hiking I highly recommend getting yourself one of these brilliant kits.

At around £30 this is an inexpensive solution to giving you safe drinking water whilst out and about. I am very impressed with this kit and although I won’t need one (as it is guaranteed to filter 100,000 gallons of water) I will be getting a spare kit in case I misplace or lose any part of this one. If your into anything outdoors you should have one of these in your kit it’s that simple.

Thanks to my eldest son Jack for doing the photographs for this blog

To order one or to see what’s happening on their media pages here are some links to the Sawyer brand…

Facebook: /SawyerProducts
Twitter: @SawyerProducts

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