I reviewed the LifeStraw recently, and although it’s an awesome product that has become a must include item for many backpackers, it falls short in one area – you can’t carry water with you unless you have a separate bottle or pouch.
This is where the LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with an integrated 1,000 liter LifeStraw filter comes in. As other water filters hit the market with pouches and bottles included to carry water and filter it on the move, LifeStraw released this water bottle to answer this problem.
With the LifeStraw Go you get the highly-rated LifeStraw water filter, in a bottle, so you can keep hydrated and purify water while hiking or just to keep some water available if you’re not near a water source.
Purifies Water – Obviously, this is the reason you buy a water filter. The LifeStraw is particularly effective however, removing 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and other nasties that would otherwise make you seriously ill.
Bottle Attached – The Go comes with its own 23 ounce (650 ml) leak-proof bottle made from BPA-free Tritan. It has a metal clip so you can attach it to a backpack or on your person, and it’s even available in a few different colors.
2-Stage Filter – LifeStraw used the opportunity of attaching a bottle to their Straw to add a second filter. You can’t be too safe when filtering dirty water so this is a good feature, and there is no aftertaste so water tastes great.
Easy to Clean – You can wash the bottle out with fresh water to keep it looking clean. The LifeStraw filter and the filter on the cap are also easy to clean, just blow back some clean water through the straw to expel dirty water in the filter and flush the membranes.
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One of the other popular water filters on the market is the Sawyer Mini. The Mini also comes with a straw-type filter and a pouch so you can carry water with you so they are similar products.
There are two main differences that will sway you one way or the other. Some people will prefer the hard bottle that comes with the LifeStraw, while some will prefer the soft pouch with the Sawyer. That’s something that comes down to personal preference.
Both filters are equally as effective at purifying water, so there is nothing to split them there. The Sawyer however, is much more heavy duty filter. It’s capable of filtering through 100,000 gallons of water, vs the 264 gallons of the LifeStraw.
So based on your usage, this should make your decision a lot easier. If you are going to be using your filter regularly the Mini is the best option, less frequently, or if you just want an emergency filter in your pack, definitely the LifeStraw.
- Comes with a tough bottle to carry water
- 2-stage filter system removes 99% of waterborne bacteria
- An inexpensive, easy way to filter dirty water
- You still have to filter and drink, you can’t purify water for carrying
LifeStraw Go Water Bottle Summary
The LifeStraw Go ticks all the boxes for the key reasons anyone would buy a water filter for. It’s quick and easy to use, low maintenance, doesn’t weigh much or take up much space, and filters water effectively.
Some people do report a slight aftertaste, while others say they can’t detect any aftertaste at all. So this is a slightly subjective area, it’s going to come down to your own personal taste, but at the end of the day it’s purifying water to make it safe.
From a durability standpoint there is nothing to be concerned about. The tough BPA-free plastic known as Tritan is really tough. It’s made by people who understand the needs of outdoors folks, and all their products meet the necessary criteria for lasting a long time.
Whether an emergency or not, you need to purify water when sourcing it from streams or other places you find water outdoors.
There are a few decent water filters on the market, but none better than the LifeStraw Go. There are filters that can filter through more water, some a cheaper, and other promise different features, but the facts are, the LifeStraw does the job perfectly well for an affordable price.
I like the addition of a bottle with the GO. Unless you’re a minimalist backpacker it makes sense to carry some water with you whenever you find a source. The LifeStraw Go Water Bottle gets top marks for me, an excellent water filter and worth checking out.
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