There is plenty of water available in most outdoor areas, but much of it will make you sick if you drink too much. It makes you wonder how our ancestors ever got by. But with a camping water filter you can be reasonably sure that contaminated water will not be your downfall when you head out in to the wild.
Camping Water FilterHere are some features to look for from camping water filters.
- Filter Type - There are actually a few different filter types out there on the market. There is the standard pump filter, that most people will no doubt be familiar with, but there are also filters that work via suction and a few that use gravity too. Depending on what kind of camping you are doing, any of these types might be suitable.
- Replacement Window - Virtually all filters have parts that need to be replaced at some point. If the carbon in your pump filter needs to be replaced every 80 or 100 liters, for instance, and you are responsible for the filtering of water for a group of people, you may need to take replacement filters with you on a longer trip. It's something to keep in mind when shopping for a camping water filter.
Best Camping Water FilterA few of the very best camping water filters.
- Hydro Photon SteriPEN Adventurer Opti - This is not, strictly speaking, a water filter. It is more correctly called a water purifier. The SteriPEN uses UV light to kill everything bad in the water, rather than filter it out, like everything else on this list. It's certainly a lightweight option, at just 3.64 ounces, or 103 grams, and while you will not have to replace the the bulb very often, you will have to contend with batteries.
- Katadyn Hiker PRO - The Hiker PRO is a traditional pump filter, that weighs in at 10.9 ounces, or 310 grams. It has a few great features, like a cleanable filter protector to extend filter life when you don't have a replacement handy, that makes it a great option.
- MSR HyperFlow Water Filter - the HyperFlow is another pump filter option. It won an Editor's Choice Award from Backpacker magazine back in 2008, and it's design has only improved since then. It weighs 7.8 ounces, or 221 grams, so noticeably lighter than the Hiker PRO.
- Platypus Gravity Works Filter - The Gravity Works filter is something a little different. Whereas most filters use your pumping action to push water through the filter, the Gravity Works lets gravity do the work for you. At a filter rate of 1.75 Liters per minute, you wont have to wait long for your water to filter either. And the upside is that you don't have to do the pumping. The entire system also only weighs 10.7 ounces, or 304 grams, which is not the lightest option on this list, but not the heaviest either.