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Sawyer Complete Water Filter System - 2 Liter Specs
Hollow fiber membranes
Protozoa and bacteria
1.7 liters per minute
Food-grade ABS plastic
(Bladders) 17.5 x 7 inches
Pump strokes per liter
Sawyer Complete Water Filter System - 2 Liter
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Sawyer Complete Water Filter System - 2 Literis rated4.6111out of5by18.
Rated5out of5byTitandiverfromThis is it! Forget other treatment systems!I brought this filter along on a 2 day hike, supplying a group of 6 hikers with clean water using only water scooped from standing pools of water in the SD river bed. It generates 2 liters of clean water in just minutes. No waiting, no chemical taste, and no worries about the cleanliness of the water. Best piece of gear I bought recently.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated5out of5byGreaseMonkeyfromSimple and effectiveI've had this filter setup for about 6 months and have used it a dozen or so times over that period. It's fast, easy to set up, and leaves no aftertaste. I'd recommend backflushing the filter after every trip because a ton of dirt always comes out of mine and I usually only filter 8-12 liters per trip. I would also recommend making a permanent hanging setup using a short piece of rope and a couple of S-biners. This makes it way easier to set up so you don't have to improvise something every time you stop to make camp. I have zero complaints with this thing.
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated5out of5byjfnomadfromThe filter I've been looking for.The filter I've been looking for. It's lightweight, multi-functional, easy to use, and difficult to break. That makes it the perfect piece of gear!
I bought this filter in September 2011 to replace my Katadyn Hiker Pro. After my bad experiences with the Katadyn and SteriPen and my ambivalence toward my MSR Miniworks, I wasn't eager to be disappointed again. I spent a couple hours taking apart ever filter in the Bozeman REI before this Sawyer gravity filter caught my eye. I had been skeptical years earlier when I had first heard of it. "One Million Gallons Guaranteed" sounded like a ploy, but if they guaranteed it and it didn't deliver, then I'd return it without remorse. I used it for my three day solo bike tour in Utah and Colorado (which saw some very dirty water), four nights (solo) in the White Mountains (NH), and a six night, two person trip in the Absaroka Mountains (WY).
Admittedly, it's only seen use on three trips so far, but I'm optimistic about it's durability and longevity. For starters, it has no moving parts, which is what broke on my Katadyn, and after my SteriPen failed I'm more inclined to prefer the lowest tech option available. It doesn't have a ceramic filter either, which is what broke on my MSR. Essentially, there's nothing to break. But a filter also has to last inside or it's no good. The six night trip was a good test of its filtering capabilities. After most uses I would back-flow half a liter and every other night or so, a little more. When I got back after each trip I used the sink attachment to pressure back-flow the filter to clean it even better. So far it still has a good flow rate. I'd recommend squeezing the 'dirty water' bag to get the flow going and then let gravity take care of the rest. The bags themselves are very durable, as are the hoses.
Another plus for this filter is its efficiency. It's lightweight for what it has to offer, it filters with virtually no effort, and it's easy to maintain in the field. This is more than a filter, it's also a water carrier. The 2L system has 2 bags which makes 4L total; there is also an 4L system which allows for 8L of water capacity. With a bitevalve (not included but a mere $3 or so) it's also a personal hydration system, like a Camelback. After filling, give the dirty bag a little squeeze to get the flow going and then sit back and wait a few minutes. It doesn't get any easier than that and now I don't even have to work during my water breaks! Ahh, luxury. After I have my bag of clean water I sometime reverse the bags (I usually used a small slope rather than a tree to get the gravity difference) and let it back-flow a little.
As a rule this filter has been a great addition to my kit. Besides its obvious functions, it's nice to be able to carry so much extra water when putting out a fire, or camping away from my water source, or just to have all my water on hand in the morning so I can get breakfast going without a delay. My single complaint comes from when I first used it as a hydration bladder in my backpack. I was hiking along when I felt water dripping into my pants. I tore off my pack and found two liters of water flowing over my clothes and sleeping bag (all protected by water resistant stuff sacks, but still) and soaking the inside of my bag. The hose had come off the bag. The attachment is held by friction, which obviously didn't work. I'll need to get some decent zip ties to fix the problem. I may try to find a female end to permanently affix to my hose so it attaches male-female, instead of with friction alone.
It costs more than some filters and less than most. Considering its functionality beyond mere filtering, its terrific durability, and I expect (though only time will tell) its appropriately guaranteed longevity, this filter is a steal!
I love this hydration system and haven't been this excited about a new piece of gear in years! It does everything it should and more. It my #1 recommendation for a filter whether you backpack or tour, solo or in groups. This is the filter I've been looking for.
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated5out of5byLoveBeingOutdoorsfromGreat Product - Check PricesGREAT product. Sawyer water filtration is top of the line and is my go-to. I recommend researching price and availability online.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated4out of5byPackerland18fromVery easy to use - Read This Review!Look no further. The 2-liter dirty/2-liter clean system is a must for backpackers/hikers. 1-million gallon guarantee sells this thing, but purchase from REI just in-case. After much research, I purchased this system compared to any pumps, UV, etc. types out there. Product is made well. Would recommend for 2-4 people, though more is fine as long as you have a nice water supply. Quick connects on filter work directly with Camelbak brand products. Purchase the Sawyer or Camelbak quick disconnects for your bladders/either or is fine, they are the same. Recommend bringing a collapsible cup to help fill the pouches. Bags will collapse if shoved underwater + helps for stream water etc. Fast-fill using quick disconnects (purchased separately) straight into your bladder, saves lots of time & not needing to empty your pack on a day hike. Recommend purchasing an additional set of quick-disconnects to attach to "drinking hose" end piece. This helps if you have the clean full & want to fill directly into bladders that use this same component. Group of (4) we had a Katadyn Pro Pump / Katadyn Base Camp / & Sawyer 2-liter system. (Yes, way too many filters, but the Sawyer system was being tested on this trip.) Sawyer put both to shame because of flow & ease of use. Never ended up using the Pump, & Katadyn Base Camp sat empty for half the 7-day trip. It started to run slow on our 7-day trip, but back-flushed 1x and ran nicely for the remainder of the days. Be careful or know in advance that the screw on caps do not have any connecting elements so be careful not to lose them. Also, does not come with a carrying case for the field, but a storage bag worked fine to house all of the pieces.
Overall, great product, & worth the cost because it is cheaper in the long run NOT needing to purchase an additional filter each year! Get it & you won't regret it. Also easy to fill Nalgene's or other water bottles for those that don't use hydration packs.
Date published: 2013-09-05
Rated4out of5bymonophotsfromgreat productSuper easy to use and filters water fast. Pretty light and compact, although might be smaller/lighter products available.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated5out of5byOld RazorbackfromGreat filtration systemI've only used this filter once, but am very impressed, so far, by the ease of use and and rapid filtration. It's also very compact and lightweight. I look forward to many years of continued use! A very nice addition to my backpacking equipment!
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated5out of5byOccasional BackpackerfromMy new favorite piece of equipment!I bought this water filter system before my latest backpacking trip and was glad I did! I used to use a Katadyn Hiker Pro, but the pump handle busted on a prior trip. Now I can't imagine going back to any other filtration system.
Before I went out on the trip I decided to modify the filter to eliminate the need for carrying three hydration bags (the two included with the Sawyer filter plus one for drinking out of). As you can see in the attached photo, I just connected the drinking hose from my CamelBak directly to the filter's output valve. I noticed a slight difference in how hard I had to suck to get water, but not enough of a difference to be burdensome. This modification reduced my load by 13 ounces. (Originally was a 16 oz filter system plus 7.4 oz CamelBak hydration bag, but my modification brought it all down to 10.4 oz.)
Me and my hiking partner commented frequently throughout the trip how easy getting water became. It was no longer a chore of pumping water for ten minutes. We would simply swipe water out of a lake, hang the bag on a tree, and then just remove the bite valve whenever we needed to fill a water bottle.
If you're looking for an easy-to-use filtration system that will last years, this is the right choice!
Date published: 2013-07-17
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Sawyer Complete Water Filter System - 2 Liter Customer Reviews