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Home >> News >> Test: LifeStraw Water Filter For Travel, Outdoors

Test: LifeStraw Water Filter For Travel, Outdoors

Mar 19,2016

Long a staple of travelers and adventure-seekers at GearJunkie, LifeStraw’s simple form and proven micro-filtration design was a go-to on a recent South American journey. We toted the brand’s bottle and personal ‘straw’ filter for safe hydration over the two-week trip.

Among travelers, Peru is notorious for its contaminated water. Every time I told someone I was headed there I heard a horror story. Not wanting to share in that misery I got a LifeStraw Go water bottle and LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for my trip, and I was glad I did.


In Peru, I primarily used the LifeStraw Go because I wasn’t constantly near a water source and needed a vessel to carry water. The filter-in-bottle system worked great for day-to-day travel. Weighing 7.2 ounces and holding 650ml of liquid, the bottle fit in the side pocket of my daypack.

The combo works great and is easy to use. There are no moving parts that could break or chemicals to mess with. Batteries are not required.

In short, it’s simple and it works. The filter is replaceable and should be swapped out once you go through about 1000 liters, which for most people could be years.

Downsides: Having to bend down to get water can be annoying and difficult. You can remedy this with the LifeStraw Go or any other bottle; just scoop water into the bottle and drink from it using the personal filter. I would opt for a bottle+filter combo on all but the lightest weight adventures.

Who It’s For: Ultralight backpackers, anyone who wants a no-fuss water filter, and anyone who has an emergency kit that needs a filter.

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