Is your water filter really protecting you?

Lifestaws are extremely popular for backpackers and the preparedness community alike due to their simple design and cheap ($20) cost.  However, are you aware of its possible long term use pitfalls?

Watch as I describe the concerns with the design and how it can become dangerous over time.


  • Mark Marshall

    Caveat emptor!

  • Jessica DeCandia

    I have a Sawyer Mini and I have to say, I feel much more secure in that purchase than the Lifestraw. I have used the LS for hikes before, and it is quite useful in that sense, but I wouldn’t depend on it for anything longer than a few months. And that’s simply because of this : the Saywer filters 100,000 gallons of contaminated water compared to Lifestraws 264 gallons.

    The stats are also a lot better on the Saywer than the Lifestraws:

    *Includes a 16 fl. oz. reusable pouch that you can fill at a lake or stream and then use to squeeze water through the filter

    *0.1-micron filter physically removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium

    *Includes a syringe to backflush the filter to keep it flowing strong

    *Filter will also fit the threads on most bottles of water that you buy at a grocery store; can also be used as an inline filter (adapters and hoses not included)

    *Sawyer Mini – 39.32 grams / 1.38 ounces