Hiking makes your body loose fluids rapidly and thus it is very important that you bring sufficient water when going out for a trip. However, water is heavy (1 liter equals to 1 kilogram) and thus it is practical if you can get water along the trail instead of carrying it all in a backpack. Sometimes there are multiple sources of water (streams, lakes etc.) along a trail but you don’t know if the water is drinkable or not. In such cases a water filtration system comes in very handy as it filters the water immediately thus making it safe for drinking. Nowadays there are many affordable water filtration systems on the market. Nevertheless, one really stands out – the LifeStraw.
1. How does the Life Straw work?
The LifeStraw water filtration systems are equipped with filters which filter out the bacteria and protozoa from water. The LifeStraw filters don’t use chemicals for water filtration – instead they rely on a mechanical solution. The filter consists of hollow fibers which have only 0.2 microns wide pores. The pores allow water to pass through but block out dirt, parasites and bacteria. However, it is important to note that the LifeStraw filters only filter out biological threats and thus don’t work with chemically contaminated water (for example chlorinated water).
2. LifeStraw Review
- LifeStraw Personal
- LifeStraw Go
- LifeStraw Family 1.0
1. LifeStraw Personal
- Your Survival Pack
The LifeStraw Personal filtration system is super light as well as small and thus it fits perfectly in a survival pouch. It is also very easy to use – you put one end into unpurified water (like for example a lake, stream or a puddle) and then you suck the cleaned water through the other end. This filtration system is primarily intended for emergency situations as it doesn’t come with a container for the water – you can only drink purified water directly from the source. The LifeStraw Personal filtration system eliminates 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and protozoa, including Escherichia coli and salmonella. Another benefit is that it is made of BPA-free materials.
2. LifeStraw Go
The LifeStraw Go includes a water bottle which has a water filter attached to the mouthpiece. Therefore, you can fill the water bottle with biologically contaminated water and then filter the water as you drink it through the mouthpiece. The water bottle has a diameter of 80 millimeters and is 235 millimeters high. It has a volume of 0,65l and weighs merely 168 grams when empty. It also features a carabiner for easy attachment to a backpack or other gear. Like the LifeStraw Personal, the LifeStraw Go eliminates 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and protozoa.
3. LifeStraw Familiy 1.0
The LifeStraw Family 1.0 is a handy water filtration system as it can quickly filter large amounts of water. Therefore, it is very useful for activities such as camping. The system is very easy to use – you just pour biologically contaminated water into the bucket and then you collect clean water under the tap. The LifeStraw Family 1.0 filtration system uses an advanced filter which does not only filter bacteria and protozoa but also viruses like for example Hepatitis A and Rotavirus. However, at least two additional water containers are required to efficiently use this system – one for contaminated water and one for purified water. The system is made of BPA-free materials and meets the US environmental standards. It doesn’t use any chemicals – unlike certain old-fashioned water filtration systems which use iodine for filtration.