Gear Review and Giveaway: LifeStraw® Personal Water Filter
Up to 60% of the human body is water, and though consumption needs vary based on a variety of factors, the fact remains - if you don't drink enough water, you're in big trouble. Getting clean water is easy for most of us at home. We just turn on the faucet. But clean water isn't readily accessible in some parts of the world, nor is it always in reach when you're on the trail.
Enter, the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. It's designed to make getting clean water a piece of cake just about anywhere. It was designed to help people affected by natural disasters, but it's also noted as an ideal way to get clean water in a pinch in the backcountry.
So, what exactly is a LifeStraw? In its simplest form, it's a water filter in the shape of a straw. LifeStraw uses a hollow membrane filter, which allows water to pass through 0.2 micron pores while nasty stuff stays trapped inside.
According to Eartheasy, the LifeStraw removes 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E-Coli, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, including Giardia, and reduces turbidity. It doesn't remove viruses or chemicals, which is important to note if you're traveling in places where either is an issue. Each Lifestraw can filter up to 1,000 gallons of water. There are no moving parts to break, and at 9" long and 1" in diameter, it's easy to carry around.
|The LifeStraw comes with a cap for the top and bottom as well as a lanyard if you're prone to dropping things.|
During our rest stops, I'd pull the LifeStraw out of my pack, hang it around my neck, walk over to a water source, remove the top and bottom caps, kneel down, and take a drink. The lanyard kept me from dropping the LifeStraw in the water, and he water I drank through the LifeStraw tasted fresh.
I did find it awkward kneeling next to a creek on slippery rocks. I'd do it in an emergency situation, but much prefer drinking out of a water bottle standing upright. Filling your water bottle with creek water is also an option. And if you're caught in a situation where you're stuck without a bottle, you can just kneel down next to any water source for a drink. Or, if you're packing light, you can leave your water bottle at home and just take the LifeStraw with you.
|My first test, drinking out of the Loyalsock Creek and keeping my fingers crossed! (T. Harrison)|
Now comes the fun part - the giveaway! I got a LifeStraw in June's Cairn box after buying my own on Amazon. Given I can only use one LifeStraw at a time, the one I bought is up for grabs. Use the widget below to enter and please be sure to leave some method of contact so we can get in touch if you win. Good luck! (Open to United States residents only.)
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