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by dnbfromGreat filter, lousy...horrible bag.Love this filter. The bag is horrible. My bag broke the 2nd day of use. So, no, I wouldn't buy this filter again.
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 4out of5
by hikertrash3fromsmall lightI thru hiked the AT with the original squeeze, it worked great for first 1500 miles then slowed even with regular back-washing, but still a great, small, light, and easy to use filter.I just purchased a mini which has a much better seal than the original, the old one would fall out if it was over tightened (which did not take much to do). my next hike i will use the mini and aqua mira
Date published: 2014-06-10
Rated 4out of5
by dave124fromFind a stream!!Cons: This was designed for use at a forceful stream. Not a lake or slow trickle stream.
Pros: Works great when at a steady forceful stream!!
I just got back from a trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains. I used the Sawyer mini system with the 32oz Sawyer bags. You can't beat the weight!! I found several streams and I used the Sawyer mini and bag to fill my 3L Camelbak and other sawyer bags. The sawyer bag I had was strong and I never had a failure. I did have a couple backups just in case. When I camped, I was near a lake. The bags didn't fill up as well and it did take a long time to get the job done. A marmot was watching me as I struggled to get the bag filled. This system was not designed for lake filtering. I ended up using my friends pump filter when we were not at a forceful stream.
If you plan to get your water from a lake, go with a pump. If you will be near steady steams, you can't go wrong with this system.
TIP: Bring an extra bag screw top. Use as a permanent marker to write on your bags. Label your bags with what you will have inside. I labeled the one I used with contaminated water as "FILTER" and the ones I wanted to keep clean as "CLEAN." One bag I filled with electrolytes and clean water was labeled as "SPORTS." Also, label your contaminated caps. Otherwise, they all look the same and you'll forget what one is contaminated.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5out of5
by Thrive9CoachfromLight-weight reliability!This was my first filter, following much research, and I have been nothing but delighted with it. You can't get any lighter than this. There are no moving parts; nothing to break. And the filter lasts virtually forever with periodic backwashes. Rock solid. That said, I do use the Platypus bladders with it rather than the Sawyer bladder.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 5out of5
by PunmietzfromIncredibleThis little filter is phenominal! The water filtered is delicious!
These should be sent for disaster relief because of their ability to filter questionable water.
Awesome invention, thank you! :)
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 5out of5
by wmwood2001fromBest Filter Out There!This is an unbelievable water filter! You just can not beat the size of this filter. It has different ways of being used as well. You can either attach it to your line running to your camelback, attach it to the included squeeze collapsible bottle and squeeze dirty water into clean bottle or, my preferred use, you can simply screw it on to almost any water bottle out there and drink strait from the filter!
This allows for you to simply fill your water bags or bottles up and move on, no time required to filter! The filter is also extremely small and lightweight. Only small downside is that it can clog up so you must bring along the included plunger to clean it.
This is my go to filter for any long distance backpacking!
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 4out of5
by Arlo AudefromAlmost PerfectI ditched my Katadyn Hiker for the original Sawyer, then sold my original Sawyer for the Mini. It's nearly as fast as either one of those, and will last a very very long time. With a bag, it weighs in the neighborhood of 3oz, 5X less than the Katadyn. At this point, you're bound to forget it's in your pack, it's so light. It's only been out for a month, so I haven't had the chance to use it much, but I've been able to run a few liters through it, and I can't tell much difference compared to the original. There were a few problems though. My old Platypus bag no longer fits the threading. My new Platypus bag does. The threads are a little shorter than before, so the Platypus bag doesn't fit quite a securely. No big deal, the new bag feels secure enough. If I had to change one thing though, I think Sawyer should have made both ends the same. The lack of threading on the output side severely reduces the useability. I prefer to have a closed system when filling 1L bags or bigger, it's just easier, less messy, and more idiot proof. That's what I want when I'm tired from a long hike. So, I had to do a little DIY and cut the tube and bag connector off of an old Platypus hydration pack Unfortunately, to connect any tube to the outlet end of the Mini, you need to use brute force to force the tube on to the nipple. That's not fun, and a I've already had it slip off several times, only to end up with the bag pouring water on the ground. Of course, I can force the tube on further, but I don't want to have to work at this, in the field. A simple threaded connector would have made this product perfect. For now, four stars, till next year's model.
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated 3out of5
by ScullbonesfromExcellent product but get the larger bag size!This product is really nice. I previously used iodine pills but have never preferred the taste. This provides safe, clean, nice tasting drinking water and is small and lightweight. The filter worked great, but the drawback is that it is very slow and filling up with such a small bag takes FOREVER. So 5 stars for the filter, but 3 stars for the bag size. The bag is 16 oz but if you are filling up in a stream you won't be able to fill the entire bag to the top so take that into consideration. If you are filling up a 2 liter water reservoir this will take probably a half hour because you have to keep filling up this tiny bag, screwing it onto the filter, screw it back off, refill, repeat, repeat, repeat. If you are just using this for yourself it might work, but I tried to bring it for a group and it took us over 2 hours of sitting next to a stream to fill up water for 5 people. The minimalist in me was attracted to the smaller size but the bag itself weighs almost nothing and rolls up so do yourself a favor and get the 32 oz bag or better yet, the 64 oz bag! It will still take a while but you save yourself a ton of time filling and unscrewing and refilling. I just ordered two 64 oz bags for next time and would still use the 64 oz bag even it was just myself.
Date published: 2014-06-04
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