Ratings Overview - Backpacking Water Treatment

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Platypus Gravity Works

 Platypus GravityWorks
Winning our Editors' Choice award, the Gravityworks churned up some surprising results in our lab. Taking the lead in our side-by-side tests when compared to other water filters in our fleet, we...  read more >
$120

Editors' Choice Award
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90
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Treatment Capacity - 9 of 10
9
Speed - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 10 of 10
10
The 2017 AutoFlow Gravity Filter

 MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter
A tough competitor with the Editors' Choice-winning Platypus GravityWorks, the MSR AutoFlow is so similar to Platypus' model we had a hard time deciding between the two. Both products are gravity...  read more >
$120

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88
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Treatment Capacity - 9 of 10
9
Speed - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Gravity Camp 6L

 Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L
Gravity filters are so hot right now! The Katadyn Gravity Camp is the new kid on the block and we were pleasantly surprised with how it performed. This filter is the fastest of all the gravity...  read more >
$90

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Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Treatment Capacity - 9 of 10
9
Speed - 10 of 10
10
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Sawyer Mini

 Sawyer Mini
An unrivaled price-to-weight ratio in our extensive review, the Sawyer Mini takes the cake for our Best Buy award. It's inexpensive, lightweight, and small, making it the optimal option for...  read more >
$25

Best Buy Award
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82
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Treatment Capacity - 5 of 10
5
Speed - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Guardian Purifier

 MSR Guardian Purifier
The Guardianis the latest and greatest from MSR and wins our Top Pick Award for the best filter for international use. The Guardian is the fastest of all the pumps we tested, the easiest to operate...  read more >
$350

Top Pick Award
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82
Reliability - 10 of 10
10
Weight - 2 of 10
2
Treatment Capacity - 10 of 10
10
Speed - 10 of 10
10
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Katadyn BeFree

 Katadyn BeFree
Are you out all day on the go in the backcountry, but don't want to haul a bunch of drinking water around with you? Are you going on long trail runs near streams, mountain bike rides, fishing or...  read more >
$40

Top Pick Award
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80
Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Treatment Capacity - 6 of 10
6
Speed - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
MSR SweetWater Microfilter

 MSR SweetWater Microfilter
A dependable and popular water filter with average weight and pump speed, the MSR Sweetwater Microfilter is easy to use, has a comfortable leveraged pumping handle, and is effective against bacteria...  read more >
$90

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77
Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 7 of 10
7
Treatment Capacity - 8 of 10
8
Speed - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
MSR Trailshot

 MSR Trailshot
The TrailShot is MSR's newest filter in its extensive line of high-quality products. We think the TrailShot is a versatile, easy to use product that we would bring along on many different activities...  read more >
$50

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77
Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Treatment Capacity - 7 of 10
7
Speed - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
Sawyer 4L Water Filtration System

 Sawyer 4L Water Filtration System
We've loved the Sawyer products we have tested so far like the Sawyer Mini. When we saw that they came out with their own version of a gravity filter, we were excited to try it out. Unfortunately...  read more >
$140

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76
Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 4 of 10
4
Treatment Capacity - 9 of 10
9
Speed - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Aquamira Water Treatment Drops

 Aquamira Water Treatment Drops
Chlorine dioxide treatments like the Water Treatment Drops from Aquamira are one of the lightest and smallest water treatment methods, making this system perfect for an emergency water treatment...  read more >
$15

Top Pick Award
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75
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Treatment Capacity - 7 of 10
7
Speed - 3 of 10
3
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
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Vario

 Katadyn Vario
We were pleasantly surprised with how the Vario performed on our backcountry trips. It is smooth and easy to pump and we really like its ergonomic handle. The Vario produces great tasting clean...  read more >
$95

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Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 3 of 10
3
Treatment Capacity - 9 of 10
9
Speed - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Katadyn Hiker Pro

 Katadyn Hiker Pro
One of the best-selling and most popular water filters, the Hiker Pro is easy to use, reliable, and effective against bacteria and protozoa, but not viruses. It is very similar in features to the...  read more >
$85

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Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Treatment Capacity - 8 of 10
8
Speed - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
LifeStraw

 LifeStraw
As the least expensive water treatment system in our entire review, the LifeStraw has some obvious appeal. For around $20 you can get a compact, lightweight, and simple system for treating water. It...  read more >
$20

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71
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Treatment Capacity - 3 of 10
3
Speed - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7

 MSR Aquatabs
Weighing in as an ultralight water purification method, the Aquatabs from MSR remain a great portable option. They treat against bacteria, viruses, and giardia cysts, but not cryptosporidium. These...  read more >
$13

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71
Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Treatment Capacity - 4 of 10
4
Speed - 3 of 10
3
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
MSR Miniworks EX

 MSR Miniworks EX
For the frequent backcountry traveler, the MSR Miniworks EX is a long-lasting filter with the added benefit of cleaning chemicals and pesticides from water. It is on the heavy side for a hiker and...  read more >
$90

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Reliability - 7 of 10
7
Weight - 4 of 10
4
Treatment Capacity - 8 of 10
8
Speed - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
SteriPEN Ultra

 SteriPEN Ultra
This round of testing, we gave the SteriPEN Ultra a whirl. It is similar to other SteriPEN products in that it uses Ultra Violet light to get rid of harmful microorganisms in your water. Different...  read more >
$100

100
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62
Reliability - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Treatment Capacity - 4 of 10
4
Speed - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
Mission Gravity

 LifeStraw Mission
Lifestraw products were originally meant for relief purposes in developing countries. We think that is what the Mission's purpose is ultimately for, but are disappointed in how the Mission Gravity...  read more >
$145

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Reliability - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 5 of 10
5
Treatment Capacity - 7 of 10
7
Speed - 1 of 10
1
Ease of Use - 3 of 10
3
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