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Top 10 Camping Water Filters 2017

There is no need to lug around a bevy of heavy containers in your next outdoor tour. The camping filters in this listing produce safe, clean and taste-free H2O that can be sourced from any frame of clean water. A few options provide a lightweight solution for the lone visitor, whilst others offer a larger machine capable of supplying groups. Whilst users purchase our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Katadyn Pocket Water MicrofilterLifeStraw Mission Water Purification System, High-Volume Gravity-Fed Purifier for Camping and Emergency Preparedness, 5 LiterPlatypus GravityWorks 4.0L Water Filter SystemSawyer Products SP194 Complete Dual Bag 0.02 Micron Water Purifier System, 4 Liters EachBoston Fortis Explorer Pro - Multifunctional Portable Outdoor Water Filter Purifier 0.1 Micron for Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Traveling and Prepping, with 5 Additional Emergency FeaturesVario Dual Technology Microfilter Various PatternsSurvivor Filter PRO 0.01 Micron Water Purifier Pump. Emergency and Camping Survival Gear. 3-Stage Nanofiltration Water Filter - 2 Separate 100,000L Membrane UF Filters that Can Be Cleaned and a Replaceable Carbon Filter. Also Comes With an Attachable Water Cup, Extended Hoses, Hose Clip and a Free Zippered Carrying CaseWater Filter Straw with .1 Micron Purifier for Camping & Hiking (Green)Survivor Filter - Virus Tested Reusable/Cleanable Water Filter for Camping and Hiking with 0.05 Micron 3 Stage Filtration - 100,000L Membrane, Replaceable Carbon and 6 Cotton Pre-Filters IncludedLifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw for Hiking, Backpacking, and Travel, Green

Healthy Hydration In The Field: The Camping Water Filter


If you are heading out for an overnight camping trip -- or even a day hike lasting a few hours -- a reliable camping filter is a necessity. The alternatives include carrying multiple liters of water along with you, greatly adding to your overall gear weight, or else facing illness caused by waterborne parasites and bacteria or dehydration and all its many unpleasant symptoms (including death at the outside extreme). You can get a water filter that will provide you with safe drinking water for less than twenty dollars, or you can spend well over two hundred dollars on a system. That elevated price tag may surprise the amateur outdoorsman, but the experienced camper/hiker will nod knowingly: when it comes to clean, safe water sourced easily and in large volumes, it's hard to worry about price.

The standard camping water filter uses a hand pump to draw water up from the source, force it through an incredibly fine filter media (usually made of ceramic) that removes all contaminants down to the one or two micron level and then through an output tube that can be placed right in your water bottle, cooking pot, cup, or even your mouth. Pump filters do require a bit of effort, but they allow you to source water from even the smallest trickling streams and giant lakes alike, and they allow the user to continually generate fresh water, whether you want only a quick cupful or multiple gallons.

The bag to bag style of camping water filters is easy to use once set up. You simply fill the elevated pouch with water collected from a pond or stream and allow gravity to bring the water down and through a filter that removes more than 99.99% of all bacteria and protozoa. The pros of these gravity operated filters include minimal effort once the first bag is filled (no repetitive pumping required) and large storage capacity: when both reservoirs are filled, you can often carry as much as four liters of water when you include the two liters yet to be purified. The drawbacks include the fact that you need to be able to elevate the system, which will in some cases mean standing there holding water aloft. You also must be able to submerge the collection bag or else have access to falling water, so some very shallow or hard to reach water sources might be difficult to use.

The third category of water filters should be thought of more as a survival tool for emergencies or as a backup filter in case the primary filter is dirtied, damaged, or simply stops working. This straw style filter is placed directly into water that is drawn up and through the purification media by suction, you generate with your mouth and lungs. These filters clean hundreds of gallons of water well before needing maintenance, but they can't be used to fill bottles, cooking pots, and so forth.

Why The Water Filter Is The Best Choice


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Beyond using a water filter, there are only two ways to reliably purify water while in the field. These are to boil the water, or to use chemical purifying agents. Boiling water is a time-tested way to create clean water, or at least to create water that is safe to drink. Indeed boiling water can do nothing to remove the actual debris and microscopic bacteria and parasites within the H2O, it can simply render those latter two factors inert (or, in other words, dead).

To ensure that water has been boiled long enough for safety, bring it to a full rolling boil for at least one minute near sea level, and for at least three minutes at altitudes higher than 2,000 feet (the boiling point temperature of water being lower at greater altitudes). While boiling is effective, it does not remove particles as noted, and of course, it necessitates the ability to create heat through a stove or fire. This can be an inconvenience at some times, and an impossibility at others.

The other method of purifying water is to use iodine tablets. Iodine kills off the bacteria and protozoa in water by actually bonding iodine ions to their pathogenic cells, preventing their ability to reproduce. Iodine treatment is effective, but it requires careful measuring of water volume to iodine tablets used, the process requires patience, and the purified water has a less than pleasant taste.

Watch Out For Wild Water


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The sobering fact is that almost every natural source of water, from an apparently pristine mountain spring to a stream babbling through a meadow to a freshwater river or lake, can be harboring dangerous bacteria and parasites. Drinking untreated water -- even water that looks and tastes perfectly clear and clean -- can lead to health complications ranging from mild stomach discomfort to severe nausea and diarrhea to dangerous dehydration and lasting infection.

The most common culprit of gastrointestinal discomfort or illness caused by drinking water from natural sources is the microscopic protozoan parasite known as Giardia lambia, more commonly called simply Giardia. This unwelcome little guest takes up residence in the upper stretches of the small intestine and causes symptoms in as many as one-third of those it infects.

Most people will experience cramping, irregular bowel movements, fever, and fatigue; some people may experience these symptoms at a level of severity necessitating professional medical intervention. Giardia is a prolific problem, present in water sources all around the world. In fact, as many as five to seven percent of the population of America may be harboring the parasite at any time; as many as thirty percents of those living in the developing world may be chronically infected.

Other less common but potentially more serious water borne illnesses include cholera, typhoid, malaria, to name only a few of the maladies potentially lurking within water. If you are using melted snow as your source of hydration, be especially vigilant looking out for so-called watermelon snow. Snow with a pinkish sheen is covered with a layer of Chlamydomonas nivalis, a type of algae that thrives in cold water and that has extreme laxative properties.

Fortunately, all of these pathogens will be caught by a good water filter.


#10.LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw for Hiking, Backpacking, and Travel, Green


The LifeStraw Go Water Bottle personal water filter has been updated with 2-stage filtration to improve the taste of filtered water and provide even better protection from contamination. In addition to the award-winning LifeStraw hollow fiber membrane filter that eliminates bacteria and protozoa, the next-generation Go Bottle incorporates a carbon capsule that reduces bad taste, odor, chlorine and organic chemical matter. The convenient, reusable LifeStraw Go personal water filter bottle is ideal for hiking, camping, or traveling to areas with poor water quality, and is a critical addition to any disaster survival kit or bug out bag.


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#9.Survivor Filter - Virus Tested Reusable/Cleanable Water Filter for Camping and Hiking with 0.05 Micron 3 Stage Filtration - 100,000L Membrane, Replaceable Carbon and 6 Cotton Pre-Filters Included


Perfect for a bug out bag! My son bought the larger version and now wishes he had this more compact filter. Even if you don't think that we will end up in a zombie apocalypse and be surviving in the wilderness it's nice to keep something like this in your emergency car kit! I think that these will make great little stocking stuffers!!!


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#8.Water Filter Straw with .1 Micron Purifier for Camping & Hiking (Green)


This is a fantastic Idea. I've always wanted one of these, and the style and setup of the straw make it easy to use and keep clean. The Carri beaner clip actually makes it easier to pack around since I can just clip it onto my back pack. Great Value, for a great price!


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#7.Survivor Filter PRO 0.01 Micron Water Purifier Pump. Emergency and Camping Survival Gear. 3-Stage Nanofiltration Water Filter - 2 Separate 100,000L Membrane UF Filters that Can Be Cleaned and a Replaceable Carbon Filter. Also Comes With an Attachable Wate


This filter works as advertised - at least as well as filtering out all coliform bacteria. I personally tested this filter with water pumped from an irrigation pond/ hazard at the local golf course. This pond had surrounding trees and grasses inhabited by birds and other critters. I made the assumption that the water contained coliform bacteria but not other hazardous substances since the water contained numerous pollywogs and "water skeeters".


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#6.Vario Dual Technology Microfilter Various Patterns


I love this filter! I take about 4-6 backpacking trips every year and this filter always comes with me, except when it is below freezing. I always use the ceramic filter just to be safe, which still provides a fairly quick flow rate. I always look for the cleanest water possible and take care to avoid sediment as much as I can. Sometimes I will fill a separate bottle, let the sediment fall to the bottom, and then only pump the clean water down to an inch or so. I've never had a problem with sickness or foul-tasting water. Sometimes I get a little odor depending on the source, but it's hardly worth mentioning.


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#5.Boston Fortis Explorer Pro - Multifunctional Portable Outdoor Water Filter Purifier 0.1 Micron for Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Traveling and Prepping, with 5 Additional Emergency Features


This is a great little water filter. It's quite small and compact so perfect for hiking. It's super easy to use and clean. Plus it has a bunch of cool little features like a compass, flint, whistle and very small knife. I've only used this filter once but it worked great.


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#4.Sawyer Products SP194 Complete Dual Bag 0.02 Micron Water Purifier System, 4 Liters Each


Sawyer's portable Complete Dual Bag 0.02 Micron Water Purifier System physically removes viruses from water, effortlessly purifying up to 4 liters of water in as little as 10 minutes. Use this system for one person or a group of people. The convenient bag to bag gravity system doesn’t require any pumping. It's perfect for hunting, camping, fishing, disaster relief and emergency preparedness kits, as well as on adventure travel excursions where potable tap and bottled water are not easily carried or safe to drink.


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#3.Platypus GravityWorks 4.0L Water Filter System


This has been a life safer on a hike in camping trips. We love bringing this along. Easy to use and filters water so quickly. Make sure to clean it out after every use and to backflush so that it filters water fast. If it gets clogged then obviously it's going to filter slower. Just make sure to set up your water filter far away from the campfire otherwise the plastic and then the water will start to smell like smoke!


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#2.LifeStraw Mission Water Purification System, High-Volume Gravity-Fed Purifier for Camping and Emergency Preparedness, 5 Liter


The LifeStraw Mission is a gravity-powered water purifier employing an award-winning technology that requires no chemicals, batteries or moving parts. The LifeStraw Mission removes 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of protozoa, and 99.999% of viruses. The larger capacity of the Mission water purifier is ideal for providing clean water to multiple people and is designed for camping, hunting, and other group or family activities, as well as disaster and emergency survival prep kits.


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#1.Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter


This is one of the best water filters I've owned. It's made to last a very long time. It fits well in my backpack and doesn't take up much room. It comes with its own carrying case, so everything stays together and won't get lost moving around in my pack. I'd recommend this to anyone that's looking for a portable water filter. Yes, it's a little expensive but, it will last for a very long time.


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