Squeeze Water Filter System

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System Reviews

Updated from the original version, the Squeeze Filter includes 2 32 fl. oz. pouches, a cleaning coupling and additional accessories for gravity and inline use

Hollow-fiber membrane filter removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and Cryptosporidium

Collapsible pouches are made from durable Mylar foil and can be reused hundreds of times

Simply fill up the included water pouches at a lake or stream, screw the hollow-fiber filter onto the pouch and squeeze the pouch to push the water through the filter

Filter has a built-in push/pull cap so you can spray water straight into your mouth or use it to fill a water bottle; squeeze filter fills most water bottles in only 30 sec.

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A classic for a reason

This filter is reliable, long lasting, and super easy to rig into an online filter. I have zero complaints about this filter. I will say: the bags will break after a while if you’re thruhiking. Consider replacing with a CNOC bag or a Platypus bag. You can even just screw this onto a smart water bottle but beware that the water bottle will pull the o-ring out of place and deform its if you screw it on too tight. Backflushing really does help too!

It's the best.

There's a reason this is the most popular filter on the AT - it's the best filter on the AT. Sure, you could go lighter with the Sawyer Mini, but you'll also feel like a gerbil suckling individual droplets of water at an agonizing rate.

The full-size Squeeze weighs about 2oz more and you can drink from it as you would from a normal nozzled water bottle. Just make sure you don't let it freeze - the filter membrane will break and the filter is useless. On cold nights put the filter against your body, inside your sleeping bag.

Yeah, your Sawyer bags are gonna break. Go ahead and buy a CNOC water bladder, or just screw the Squeeze onto a Smartwater bottle. Keep track of your o-ring though - the rubber nubs that hold it in place wore down on my, and it tends to fall out after without them, leaving you to be doused with unclean water with every sip.

Just go with the full-size squeeze!

I tried so many different water filtration systems while starting out on my AT Thru-hike in 2018. I tried Aquamira Drops, the Sawyer Mini, Katadyn filter, and finally settled on the Sawyer Squeeze. I wish I would have just gone with the squeeze to begin with instead of wasting money AND TIME trying to squeeze water through that mini, waiting for the drops to do their thing, and calling Katadyn's customer service because their filter clogged the 2nd time I used it. Now I combine this Sawyer Squeeze with a gravity system by Katadyn (Katadyn Camp 6L Gravity bag - yes I realize that is ALOT of water but my boyfriend and I usually share) and have never been happier. I carry it with me on every hike, even short ones - just in case. It's easy to backwash and reasonably priced if it needs to be replaced (Walmart has them cheapest). So take it from me, I've tried them all - JUST GO WITH THE SAWYER SQUEEZE THE FIRST TIME!

Squeeze Water Filter

this product is great for primitive camping/backpacking very easy to use and i would high recommend

Water for all!

I recently purchased this product for my trip to the Havasupai waterfalls in Arizona. The Sawyer Squeeze was perfect! It's super light weight & takes up little to no room in my day pack. I was able to fill and go unlike my hand pump water filter. Comes with two refillable bags, setup for a gravity drip, and backwash syringe just in case you need to clean out debris. A+++ in my books! Plus they donate to countries in need of clean water!

This one is so awesome!

I love this product.

Dpendable and so much better than a pump

I used this system (just the filter no bag) on my JMT thru hike. The filter screws onto smart water bottles and is super easy to use and only slowed down slightly towards the end. The Orings are a bit soft so if you over tighten your filter you can risk crushing them. Id carry a replacement just for piece of mind.

Works great

I have the sawyer squeeze and the sawyer mini and both work really well. I use the min on my smart water bottle and the squeeze to filter water at camp. The big one definitely pushes more water and is great for filling my water bladder when I know I’m going to need to carry more water. Back flushing is easy to do even on the go and it has held up all summer long. Because of the weight and easy use I wouldn’t carry anything else. One last note, my wife lost a washer and I emailed them and they sent me two and a sticker right out. Good customer service.

Sawyer Squeeze is the only filter you need.

This filter is the best filter that’s probably ever been created. It’s lightweight, lasts forever and filters your water for all
Your needs! This filter doesn’t easily clog and with a little back flushing, it can last forever! Not to mention that it’s guaranteed to filter hundreds of thousands of liters!

Sawyer micro squeeze

Love it! Took this on my last 2 camping/hiking trips and now on a section hike of the Appalachian Trail. Very easy to use, fit right onto my smart water bottle. For cleaning, Its a little tricky figuring out the right pressure for back washing, just takes some practice. Great product, does what it says. The reps at Sawyer are super nice too!

Perfect for the backcountry!

I’ve been using this filter for several years and it needs no replacement filters only back flushing on occasion which is easy to do on a trip. I highly recommend this for hikers and especially canoeists because of its ease of use and consistent results. Take an old 2L pop bottle instead of the included bag as it is easier to fill and you can sit on the pop bottle to expedite the filtering.

Small but mighty

Of the two Sawyer filters I've used this is my favorite. It makes quick work of filtering as a gravity feed and even quicker if you squeeze the water through. I haven't tried it yet but I have heard great things as an inline filter as well. Will update when I try that. Always remember to back flush and let it dry(not keeping it in a plastic non breathable bag).

Tried and true water filter

Love this filter. It is tried and true amongst weekend backpackers and thru-hikers alike. Super reliable and very versatile with its standard thread pattern that fits water containers other that the bags it comes with. In addition it's relatively small and very light, so it's a no-brainer to keep it in your pack, even on day hikes!

Slow but reliable

If you don't like spending 20 minutes filtering water, upgrade to a gravity filter system.

I personally am fine with the Sawyer's pace of filtration but will be honest when I say it isn't fast. It's helped to grab a couple CNOC filter bags to fill up and bring to camp rather than hanging out by a river for half an hour every time you need a full refill.

These things will last you years of hiking and can screw on to any, normal, bottle that uses a cap.

Great Filter!

I’ve owned two of these over the course of 6 years and recommend it to everyone. I love that you can basically DIY it into any configuration that you dream up. Mine is currently set up as a gravity system so that it’s easier for my family to filter larger quantities but I just use a bag to squeeze if I’m alone. Unfortunately the squeeze bags are very fragile and probably shouldn’t be taken into the backcountry without at least one backup. I did have one bag last around 2,000 miles on a thru-hike but then two bags failed in a row. I’ve found that Evernew, Platypus, and CNOC bags are a great replacement. I also choose not to carry the syringe and instead DIY’d a backflusher out of two bottle caps! I’ve found that a ziplock bag works really well as a scoop to fill up the larger squeeze bags. Just don’t let it freeze!

Excellent choice for water purification especially in dusty desert environments that will clog a pump filter quickly.

Never leave home without it!

I bought my first Sawyer Squeeze about 5 years ago and have accumulated a few more. I have one in my car, a mini version in my trail running bag, and of course one in my backpacking bag. Be mindful of not letting it freeze and of keeping it backflushed often though or you may find yourself with a compromised filter.

While my friends unload their packs to get their big filters and start their whole water routine, I can easily pull this from a pocket and get a quick drink. I also tend to carry less water because of it, which means less weight. However, it is nice at the end of the day when my friends fill up the big bottles for cooking. My takeaway is get one of these and bring friends with bigger filters!

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