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  • Filters up to 1000 gallons of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; does not require batteries and has no moving parts.
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  • Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; does not require batteries and has no moving parts
  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EPA filter standards
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I have a TON of experience with the Sawyer Mini and Squeeze. The Mini is trash, don't buy it. The flow rate is very low, it'll clog easy. The squeeze is a better product. I can't attest to the 100,000 gallon rating, but I have used a Sawyer Squeeze for over 6,000 miles of backpacking and I have never gotten sick. I've filtered out of some NASTY water sources in the desert of Arizona, water troughs in New Mexico, all over the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, rain forest of Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, etc... Long distance backpackers start with all kinds of filters, after 100 miles they've ditched whatever they're using to get a Sawyer squeeze. They're that good.

Oh, and the thread pattern is the same as any standard 1 or 2 liter bottle (vitamin water works very well). Just in case you lose the included bladder, there are cheap substitutes at any store in the entire freakin' world.

Just don't let them freeze, the ice will destroy the filter.
Sale or not, the lifestraw is a complete waste of money. Get the Sawyer, any of them, if you want to actually use it
I'm not sure why no one is giving specific reasons why Sawyer is better than this.

The Sawyer has attachments for a water bottle. That's about the only difference I know of but it makes a WORLD of difference. The life straw requires you to be right at the water source or to have a vessel wide enough from which to drink, as it is a "straw." The other option is to suck filtered water into your mouth and then spit it into another bottle. Yum!

The Sawyer allows you to attach a bottle and squeeze the water thru at he source or on the run. The Sawyer also allows the bottle of cleaned water to be "backwashed" (yes, filtration systems invented that term before adolescents did), to flush out the filter. There may be more to it than that, but I understood this to be the reason the Sawyer is able to have 10x the filtration capacity.

I do believe there might be particle size difference, which may be related to one or two strains of bacteria or viruses (girardia (spelling) comes to mind), but I can't remember. A tighter filter in the Lifestraw might be part of why it doesn't last as long.

NONE OF THESE FILTERS REMOVE SALT OR OTHER CHEMICALS FROM WATER. If your water is tainted from chemicals, a handheld solution isn't going to work, it will require activated charcoal and whatnot.

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Fred Meyer has these at the same price.

Was just in there yesterday and saw it near the office supplies/home improvement stuff.
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If you order multiple, the deal is only on the 1 pack. Add multiples of the 1 pack. The three pack is $47.
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Sale or not, the lifestraw is a complete waste of money. Get the Sawyer, any of them, if you want to actually use it
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Sale or not, the lifestraw is a complete waste of money. Get the Sawyer, any of them, if you want to actually use it
Speaking of which, the Sawyer Mini is $3 off right now:
https://www.amazon.com/Sawyer-Pro...00FA2RLX2/
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Somehow, I don't find "exceeds EPA standards" to be particularly reassuring these days...
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Speaking of which, the Sawyer Mini is $3 off right now:
https://www.amazon.com/Sawyer-Pro...00FA2RLX2/
Don't get the mini, it's got a horrible flow rate. Get the larger squeeze, it's only a couple ounces heavier but worth it.
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Speaking of which, the Sawyer Mini is $3 off right now:
https://www.amazon.com/Sawyer-Pro...00FA2RLX2/
I've seen these, but the claim is that even the tiny little filter straws filter out 100,000 gallons? Just as a comparison, the life straw is 1,000 gallons.

That just seems like the fakest of fake news.

If you have some experience with these I'd love to hear more.
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I've seen these, but the claim is that even the tiny little filter straws filter out 100,000 gallons? Just as a comparison, the life straw is 1,000 gallons.

That just seems like the fakest of fake news.

If you have some experience with these I'd love to hear more.
I have a TON of experience with the Sawyer Mini and Squeeze. The Mini is trash, don't buy it. The flow rate is very low, it'll clog easy. The squeeze is a better product. I can't attest to the 100,000 gallon rating, but I have used a Sawyer Squeeze for over 6,000 miles of backpacking and I have never gotten sick. I've filtered out of some NASTY water sources in the desert of Arizona, water troughs in New Mexico, all over the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, rain forest of Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, etc... Long distance backpackers start with all kinds of filters, after 100 miles they've ditched whatever they're using to get a Sawyer squeeze. They're that good.

Oh, and the thread pattern is the same as any standard 1 or 2 liter bottle (vitamin water works very well). Just in case you lose the included bladder, there are cheap substitutes at any store in the entire freakin' world.

Just don't let them freeze, the ice will destroy the filter.
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Serious question, but has anyone actually used one of these type of products? Like the Sawyer Amazon page literally shows two women using the devices at a restaurant and drinking out of a perfectly fine glass of water and bottle of water....

Like I get the desire to have one if you're an extreme hiker, or if you travel to some awful place, or as an emergency item, but my brother who loves to travel and go camping and hiking buys these everytime they go on sale but never actually uses them...
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I'm not sure why no one is giving specific reasons why Sawyer is better than this.

The Sawyer has attachments for a water bottle. That's about the only difference I know of but it makes a WORLD of difference. The life straw requires you to be right at the water source or to have a vessel wide enough from which to drink, as it is a "straw." The other option is to suck filtered water into your mouth and then spit it into another bottle. Yum!

The Sawyer allows you to attach a bottle and squeeze the water thru at he source or on the run. The Sawyer also allows the bottle of cleaned water to be "backwashed" (yes, filtration systems invented that term before adolescents did), to flush out the filter. There may be more to it than that, but I understood this to be the reason the Sawyer is able to have 10x the filtration capacity.

I do believe there might be particle size difference, which may be related to one or two strains of bacteria or viruses (girardia (spelling) comes to mind), but I can't remember. A tighter filter in the Lifestraw might be part of why it doesn't last as long.

NONE OF THESE FILTERS REMOVE SALT OR OTHER CHEMICALS FROM WATER. If your water is tainted from chemicals, a handheld solution isn't going to work, it will require activated charcoal and whatnot.
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What's the warranty on these?
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Is there a version of this or something like it, or perhaps an add-on attachment, that allows you to use it to also pump water from a source into a clean container? A straw is nice for real emergencies or the occasional sip, but a pump-type device is a lot more practical if you're going to be in the wilderness for more than a few hours.
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