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LifeStraw

As avid outdoor athletes who are involved in a wide variety of outdoor sports we’ve had plenty of opportunities to test a plethora of water filters and purification methods. We’ve used pump filters in the back country, gravity filters at base-camp, squeeze filters and plenty of different iodine tablets during adventure races. We’d like to consider ourselves experts, that’s why we were excited when we had the opportunity put the LifeStraw under review.

LifeStraw is committed to redefining the safe drinking water space through technology innovation and product quality and design. Their work is driving sustainable access to safe drinking water by engaging governments, donors, and individual consumers to understand the problem and become an active part of the solution. In addition, for each LifeStraw you purchase, one school child in a developing community receives safe drinking water for an entire school year.

The ultralight LifeStraw weighs in at only 2 ounces (57 grams). It’s very convenient and portable at only 9” (22.5 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. Not to mention that it requires no electrical power, batteries or replacement parts. We really like the simplicity and sleek design of the LifeStraw. The cover flips off to reveal the mouth piece which is great for keeping out debris and extending the life of your straw.

The plastic screen at the bottom aids in keeping out larger silt and debris in order to extend the life of the filter. The LifeStraw’s raw materials meet FDA regulations and standards; not to mention it’s BPA free and contains no chemicals.

LifeStraw doesn’t use iodine or iodinated resin chemicals in their products so there is absolutely no aftertaste. After years of adventure racing and using iodine tablets to filter what on the race course we couldn’t be more happier about this. Iodine is one of those tastes you don’t forget easily.

The LifeStraw removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan cysts all while meeting the US EPA drinking water standards. It does this by reducing the turbidity by filtering particles to 0.2 microns. That means clean drinking water straight from the streams, rivers, ponds, etc. The LifeStraw is one of the fastest and most user friendly water filters we’ve ever reviewed, simply uncap both ends, put the straw in the water source, and start drawing in water; fresh and delicious.

The LifeStraw features a thin nylon string to help prevent dropping your Straw in the water and is very user friendly. It’s attached with two plastic hooks that easily detach from the restraints. We found it easier to use the straw without the strap but it was a good attachment point to secure it to our packs.

The Straw filters a minimum of 1,000 liters during it’s life span which really increases the value of this product. After careful review we feel that the LifeStraw is a great addition to everyone’s gear bag whether you’re taking a day hike, a multi-day trip, or using it for survival situations. Drink Clean.

See you on the trails!

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