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Zombies, aliens, natural disasters, supernova ... whatever ends the world as we know it, you sure are prepared with the inexpensive Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System (unless it's a supernova, then we're all doomed). This tiny lifesaver filters up to 100,000 gallons of water until it craps out―that's thirty times more than comparable filters. Until the apocalypse strikes, you take this lightweight and fast filter out backpacking, camping, hiking, traveling, and basically anywhere you might get parched.

Sawyer's filters are certified for Absolute Microns, making it impossible for harmful bacteria, portozoa, or cysts like E. coli, giardia, vibrio cholerae, and salmonella to pass through. It's super-quick and easy to use without the need of pumping or chemicals. Fill up disposable water bottles, an included drinking pouch, and hydration packs with ease. Heck, if you're really thirsty, just take a straw and go to town on some of the freshest water you can find when you're up in the mountains by a beautiful stream.   

  • 0.10 Micron Absolute
  • Exceeds EPA standards
  • Includes drinking pouch
  • Compatible with disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or a straw

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1 5

Not for me

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Including cooking water, I easily use 2.5 gallons of water per day in the trail. This filter, even with regular backflushing was just too slow for me. I wanted to like it, really, especially since its presence dominates on the trail (AT). I have an old PUR Hiker. Yes, it is heavier and the filter doesn't last as long, but I NEVER dread going to get water. I find a comfy spot to sit and just start pumping at a comfortable pace. Every time I'm getting water at a peaceful pond or babbling brook and I kinda have a zen moment bc of the pure water and the peace of the moment. Scooping the water in the and struggling to squeeze it through just isn't my thing. The Sawyer itself is fine for many. I couldn't even bring myself to selling to anybody so I have it to another thru hiker. I give it a one star rating not based on its quality but rather its likeability by me. Oh yes, Sawyer also doesn't have customer service, well at least people that respond to inquiries, that's kind of a big deal to me. As the expression goes, "you get what you pay for."

5 5

So Perfect!

We purchased this being as it was one of the lightest filters on the market. It sure beats ingesting some chemicals or lugging around a brick of a filter. It is fairly fast & super simple. If you are looking for a lightweight, minimalist, simple filter... This is the one to get!

5 5

very handy

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Pretty rad for backpacking trips. I am a minimalist and hate bringing extra crap with me so this filter is awesome because it is so small. Very simple and easy to use. Has been great so far. Filling the bag is kind of hard when there is not a lot of water or if it's not flowing, like a stream or something. That being said, the straw works great for that sorta thing.

Unanswered Question

can this be hooked up to an MSR dromedary...

can this be hooked up to an MSR dromedary bag w/ the hydration tube?

I have heard a lot about bag failure. Has...

I have heard a lot about bag failure. Has this problem been fixed? would the sawyer mini be comparable with a Platypus Platy Plus Bottle?

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There was a lot of talk about bag failure early on, but it seems like the second generation bags have addressed it... and also people have realized that "squeeze" doesn't mean beat the heck out of it.

Still... I carry an extra bag. There are a bunch of reasons why I think it's a good idea--not the least of which is that the Sawyer bags are a super light spare container which is easy to pack.

5 5

The Best!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've been using the Squeeze for a while now, and love it how small, durable, easy to use, and lightweight it is. So when I saw this, which is even smaller and lighter, I had to check it out to see if it's as good as its big brother. I've only tried it once so far, but it seems like it'll live up to my expectations. There are some things that I like better about the Squeeze, but others where the Mini has improved on the old design.
- SUUUPER light and small. It's the same weight as the Lifestraw, but almost half the size.
- Versatility. It can be used with the included straw, squeeze pouch, or inline for your hydration system. Also, it can be set up to be gravity fed.
- The pouch is pretty small. I just use the bigger pouch from my Squeeze.
- Only has a 100,00 gal. guarantee. Typing that out makes me realize that that is still pretty freakin' great.

Anyhow, this is an incredible filter. In fact, I liked it so much that I gave it to all of my siblings for Christmas.

5 5

initial inspection

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have never been too impressed with pump filters, chemicals, or the new uv options. I just though there should be a cheaper, lighter, more effective way to treat water.
Sawyer makes their products with different ways to effectively use their filters, which is great. With the size, you can hack this into an inline filter without some ridiculous additional weight. I assumed the straw would be tough to drink though but i find it easier then the Britta "in bottle" type filters. The squeeze bottle adds yet another way to effectively use this 3 oz (wet weight) filter.
For the price i am extremely happy with the weight, and effective options with this unit. I am excited to see how this holds up over the 100,000 gallon limit!
edit:/ i recommend getting the larger squeeze bag, it is time consuming filling at a shallow water source with the smaller bag.