This is a very easy to use filter that works very well. I went hiking with it in the smokies and it worked well to filter the water we drank. My friend was using a sawyer squeeze, which did not work as well at all. The squeeze filter was incredibly slow, so he just used it as a straw, but it had multiple parts and was annoying to use. He also had to back flush it with a syringe. The life straw was much easier to use and maintain. The one thing is that it is a little annoying to have to stop, unscrew the water bottle, and stick in the life straw. You can't drink while walking. Over all, i would recommend this product as a chemical-free, economical, and easy to use water filter.
"Harry Potter ain't got Nothin on This Magic Wand"
Picture the dirtiest, nastiest, stanky, turbid puddle of water you can imagine. Now picture that puddle tasting like a $30 glass of artesian distilled water. That's what this thing does! It's so amazing, I actually laughed out loud the first time I used it, I couldn't believe what it had just managed to do. I had found a pond in the backcountry, brown, boggy, and stagnant. It was like a spot where you just knew "things have died in this water". I laid on my stomach, face just above the murky water, stuck my LifeStraw in and OMG! this water tastes AMAZING! You would be crazy to go into the wild without this thing.
I purchased the Life Straw to put in my vehicle as a backup for the Life straw water bottle. (I also purchased the Life Straw water bottle). Why? Because I travel and sometimes I cannot stand the smell or taste of the municipal water in some areas. I have also realized, after reading the bottled water labels, that most of the bottled water I have purchased is municipal water. It appears many people use these straws for hiking. Mine is intended for urban use and hiking!
This is a quality water filter, filtering at .2 it provides all of the necessary filtration for international trips as well as locally, i have used this in one of the most poluted rivers in canada and tasted nothing and not been infected with anything. I would recommend this for a single person backpacking trip or a car emergency kit. If you're looking for a cheap but reliable water filter, the LifeStraw is a great option.
"I went to Haiti with this and it saved my health"
My friends and I are in a non-profit organization and went to Haiti last Christmas break. Because boiling water completely is apparently a waste of time almost my entire group became really sick and spent the two weeks with extreme diarrhea. I didn't. This relatively cheap straw was an absolute lifesaver and allowed me to drink both dirty and most likely infected water as if I was drinking out of a plastic bottle. Could not recommend this product more. It was a gift from my parents before I left and I cannot thank them enough for the gift of an uncorrupted stomach.
I've stuck this thing in skanky puddles, city ponds, pools of water in tree stumps, and I feel just fine! Now what I do is take a water bottle with me and scoop the water from the creek, and hike with it. When I need a drink, I just put the lifestraw in the nalgene bottle and sip. When I cook dinner, I just boil the lake water and of course that kills anything bad. So for $20 it's hard to beat. I'm happy. There's a big humanitarian side of this product too, which is cool.
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