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LifeStraw's Mission filtration system isn't what you want to bring backpacking, but if you're setting up your car camping spot or planning on spending a week hunting or fishing from basecamp, it's just what you need. The 12- or 5-liter roll top bag is easy to fill from the nearest stream, river, or lake, and the gravity-action filter makes cleaning your water easy as doing nothing; just hang the bag up from a tree and Newton's best friend will pull the water through the 0.02 micron filter, sucking out bacteria, protozoa, viruses, and sediment. The bag is BPA free, and the filter will last for 18,000L, which is probably more than you'll ever be able to drink.
- Hollow-fiber membrane
- Gravity action filter
- Effective against bacteria, protozoa, viruses, and sediment
- BPA-free roll-top reservoir
- 18,000L filter life
- Item #LFE0005
- Q & A
great basecamp water filter
The filter is relatively easy to use but slow to dispense water. Spent a couple weeks car camping this summer and the filter was a great addition to the trip. No need to poach RV parks for water with this thing. The filters last seemingly forever, so I'd like to think this is a lifetime investment. I'm giving it a 4 star review because it is a bit hefty (not ideal for backcountry travel) and when I was transporting with water in my vehicle to our next camp spot it leaked out of the top. Granted this is user error, but with a giant bluie container this is a non issue. Overall, super stoked on lifestraw & their company values.
Worth the space!
Bought this on a whim, but I'm SO glad I did. Our basecamp was relatively near a running water source (for me, it was just annoying enough to have to drag myself and my water purifying stuff and then back to base camp. Lazy? Maybe. You don't get to judge me) so having this all set up after 1 trip and zero hand cramps was worth every penny. Got the larger one cuz I was with 4 others and it filled our water bottles a few times, plus cooking, plus hand washing for 24hrs.
I love this thing
I often go to on long weekend trips where the nearest town is more than an hour away. There are so many streams and rivers around it is nice having this to filter my water instead of having to bring all my water. This filter is very easy to use I just hang it on my car once it is filled out if there is no tree around and use it! It makes my life way easier and leaves more room for other things than water in my car. I absolutely LOVE IT!
One Step Closer to Freedom
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
If you're anything like me, then you probably find yourself drifting off into daydreams when faced will the extreme banality of our comfortable modern society. While it might not be the same for you, my daydreams usually have a survivalist theme. I fantasize about dropping the trappings of society, walking into the wilderness and letting the forest swallow me whole. Unfortunately for me, the level of self-sufficiency I long for requires a daunting amount of equipment and know-how, but at least with my new Mission water filter I know I won't die in a puddle of my own vomit and excrement.
My initial impressions of the Mission were good. The roll bag seemed well made and resistant to tearing. The spout was equally durable feeling and, despite multiple moving parts, it didn't look like it would explode if I accidentally whipped it into a rock. It also comes with a handy bag for storage and transportation and three replacement filters.
Now to the important part, does it the filter actually work? According to LifeStraw, the Mission will remove 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and protozoans, but I thought I would do a test on the water quality anyway. I tested the pre and post filtered water for nitrates (pesticide contamination), coliform bacteria (fecal contamination), and phosphate (sewage and/or fertilizer contamination) and was pleased with the results. The Mission dropped the nitrate level from 15ppm to 10ppm which brought it to the EPA standard for drinking water. However, I must admit that I dropped the test tablet on the bathroom floor before it made it into the testing tube. While I'm not saying I pee on my floor, I sadly cannot speak for anybody else, and it's possible that the Mission removed all the nitrates in the water before I recontaminated it. The coliform bacteria test was free from tester error and yielded anticipated results. The unfiltered water tested positive for fecal bacteria (yellow liquid with lots of gas bubbles) while the filtered water tested negative (red liquid with no gas bubbles). The unfiltered water phosphate level was at 1 ppm and the filtered water remained unchanged at 1 ppm.
Overall I am pleased with the apparently durability and functionality of the Mission. However, it should be noted that the operation of the spout is not self-explanatory and you'll need to read the directions before you can safely use the filter. While I don't think that is inherently a negative quality, I do know quite a few people who have some kind of personal vendetta against reading directions and they would use this incorrectly. So that being said, if you're ready to read directions, ready for adventure and you're slowly accumulating gear so you can escape this vapid, consumerist existence, buy this filter!
I purchased the five liter version since the average human only needs to drink two liters a day and I don't have friends.
I received this to try out, but everywhere I have been has been frozen or covered in snow. I hope to get to try this soon though, as my current filter is more for backcountry trips... I can see this being extremely useful for car camping or at base camp since you don't have to sit there pumping. Kind of like a Showtime Rotisserie, you can fill it up, set it, and forget it, if you are filling up a bigger water container. Hopefully I'll get a chance to try it soon and will write a more detailed follow up review.
Great for the crag and beyond
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I took this puppy out with me to the crag the other day and it really did the trick. I scooped up about 5 Liters of water from the river, hung the Mission from a bolt that wasn't being used and before I knew it, my water bottles were being filled while I was climbing. It is incredible to have a purifier that works by using gravity and uses a whole lot less elbow grease. Easy to set up and easy to clean, but there are a few things to note:
- The filtration system works slowly, don't expect that when you open up the faucet that it'll be like turning on your faucet at home. The water comes out closer to a drip than to a consistent stream. That being said, it filled up my 1-Liter Nalgene in under 10 minutes.
- If the system isn't working right off the bat, read the instructions. Mine required that I pump the red bulb a few times and open the Red (waste water) valve for a few seconds in order to get the purified water to start coming out. Thus play with it, it may just take some time and fiddling.
- Finally, read the instructions on proper cleaning and use. There are some great tips and tricks in there to keep your purifier working for a long time and for $120 - $130, it'll be worth the extra time spent reading the manual!
Awesome Filter & Easy to Use
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This is my first filter that I've ever used and I love it! It's easy to use because you literally need to just hang it up. I love how long the filter life is because I will most likely never need to replace it. The convenience of not having to replace the filter as often makes it worth buying!