Matthew Aultwrote a review of Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System on October 24, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
September was a rough outdoors month for me. I had incredible stomach cramps and ... I will leave out the rest. I tested positive for Giardia. 5 weeks of a horrible lifestyle. This is that parasite you can achieve from nasty water. I thought, maybe it is time to upgrade my water purification system.
Now, I am not an ultra-light packer, but I do appreciate the "little things" when it comes to heading out into the back country. So I downgraded in size and complexity and got the Sawyer MINI.
My wife and I put it to the test on a hike, here are my PROs/CONs
-SMALL, lite-weight. (the 16oz bag and filter/straw could be in your pocket and you would hardly notice)
-COLD WEATHER- Leave your gloves on, dip the bag in a water source, connect filter and straw, drink or squeeze... DONE.
-PERFECT FOR- 1 to 2 people when hiking along water, or hitting water source milestones. No need to carry water with you... It is too easy... just dip and squeeze.
-CONNECTION- Fits Platypus, Sawyer, and other hydration bags.
-PRICE- It cost me under 30 bucks. AWESOME.
-KEEP FROM FREEZING... Although not difficult if kept close to your body, you want to keep this from freezing. If you wake up on a freezing morning and you didn't clear the filter, you won't have instant gratification. You will need to thaw with water source or heat.
-HEAVY WATER USE- This is for the back country hikes, trailblazers and simple portable use. I wouldn't recommend it for the in-camp scenario if you are needing to produce gallons upon gallons for thirsty crews.
-TEMP- its only temporary. 100k gallons... now, I don't know anyone that will burn through that before they lose, break, or become unsure of the use level... but who really counts that type of gallon use either. You will probably buy a new one every couple years and not worry about it. They are not expensive.
Pictures show its portable uses. We didn't need to purify snow melt. Did it anyway. I am overly sensitive after the Giardia ordeal.
Thanks! Enjoy it if you got it!