Description: Set up the Sawyer Complete water filter system and in the time it takes you to unpack your tent, you’ll have 2 liters of fresh, clean drinking water. Utilizing a hollow fiber membrane filter, the Sawyer system yields 2 liters of potable water in as little as 1.5 min. Simply fill the included gray reservoir with unfiltered water, attach the filter and filter hose and let gravity do the rest to fill the included blue reservoir. Once the blue reservoir is full, hang the reservoir from its handle and fill your water bottle, pots and pans. Or, attach the included drink tube and a bite valve of your choice (sold separately) and use the reservoir as you would any hydration system. Filter physically removes particles, protozoa, and bacteria down to 0.1 micron in size, including giardia, salmonella and cryptosporidia. All Sawyer water filters exceed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations for removal rates. Filter is fully field maintainable to ensure a fast flow of water; system includes a faucet adapter for a thorough backwash from a household faucet. Setup is simple and the system packs easily, weighing in at only 16 oz. This Sawyer Complete water filter system comes with a Million Gallon Guarantee, essentially eliminating the need to ever have to replace the filter cartridge. System includes a 2 liter gray reservoir, 2 liter blue reservoir, hollow fiber filter, faucet adapter, drink tube, quick-release hose adapter and instructions for use.
Initial thoughts: Right out of the box it apears well made and easy to understand. Everything is color coded to make things simple for the user and keep the untreated water parts seperate from the clean water parts.
Field Testing: I have used this product for an entire summer now, and it has been absolutely reliable and a pleasure to use. When I get to camp I simple fill the grey bag with water and hang it up, then attach the blue bag and let it do its thing while I set up camp. It really is that simple. I really love the ability to pack them empty when in areas where water is plentiful, and pack them full when crossing areas where water is harder to find. This allows me to carry up to an extra gallon of water when needed. Although it does have a million gallon guarantee, I still do my best to fill it from the cleanest source of water I can find to reduce any added risks. Only complaint I have is its not really an ideal filter to use in subfreezing temps, I used it into the upper 20’s and the tubes would freeze up unless I hung it up in direct sunlight. So in that case I melt snow or boil the water
Tip:I have heard some people complain that its slower than advertised. If it seams to be flowing slower than you like, let a bit of water get to the blue bag then lift it above the grey bag to push the air from the tube. then place it back down and it will flow at a much faster rate.