LifeStraw Review

Adventuring in the mountains, running on the trails or travelling to new countries has something in common – the need for clean pure drinking water. Hydration is often something we can take for granted in the western world where we have access to clean drinking water from practically every faucet. However, if you are someone who frequents wild places whether in the mountains, forests or travels to countries where clean water is not readily accessible, the need for clean drinking water becomes a main focus…boiling, filtering or buying bottled water is a must. This often takes considerable time and effort. What if there was a quick and easy way to filter water on the go?

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We have recently had the opportunity to test out the Vestergaard LifeStraw & LifeStraw Go from Eartheasy. It has changed the way we think about filtering water and significantly increased our ability to hydrate on the go no matter where we are.

LifeStraw

A convenient straw style filter that is easy to pack and designed for use on the go.

Lifestraw Review

Stats:

  • 2 ounces.
  • 9” long x 1” diameter.
  • BPA free, contains no chemicals.
  • Filters out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E.coli and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa, including Giardia & Cryptosporidium. It also reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns, which makes it great for glacial melt water.
  • Filters up to 1000 liters.
  • No aftertaste. Lifestraw does not use iodine.
  • Perfect for an emergency preparedness kit.

Lifestraw Review

Due to it’s small compact size we have brought this with us hiking and it is always in our trail running packs. When we know we will be passing by a small stream, tarn or lake we take the opportunity to drink right then and there. It saves us having to stop and re-filter or boil water to fill our water bladders. Being able to pull out the Lifestraw at any given moment to take a few sips of water from a natural water source, safely, without a second thought, is definitely reassuring.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Ability to drink from the source

Cons:

  • With water sources at ground level it can require a bit of effort to get low enough to use the straw.

LifeStraw Go

A refillable water bottle with a Lifestraw filter that enables you to take safe drinking water with you wherever you go.

Lifestraw Review

Stats:

  • 5.9 oz (168 grams).
  • 9.25” long x 3.14” diameter.
  • BPA free, contains no chemicals.
  • Flip top bite valve and carabiner for attaching to your backpack.
  • 22 ounce volume (0.65 liters).
  • Filters up to 1000 liters.
  • Filters out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E.coli and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa, including Giardia & Cryptosporidium. It also reduces turbidity, filtering down to 0.2 microns, which makes it great for glacial melt water.
  • No aftertaste. Lifestraw does not use iodine.
  • Perfect for an emergency preparedness kit.

This is a bottle we have found useful everyday. Whether we are backpacking or simply travelling we can be sure we are drinking the cleanest water possible. Fill it up at the next available water source – lake, stream or puddle and you will have water that is clean and safe to drink. It would be especially convenient when travelling to and from other countries, when you can’t always be confident of the local water source.

Lifestraw Review

Pros:

  • Lightweight compared to other durable plastic bottle options
  • Ability to fill up and filter water immediately
  • Removable and replaceable filter

Cons:

  • Maximum fill is only 650ml

Bottom Line

Super convenient methods to filter water on the go. Lightweight and cost efficient, the LifeStraw and LifeStraw Go, are great for hydrating from the source when hiking, trail running or travelling. Compared to other options that have a higher price point or chemical options that tend to leave an aftertaste, this has been one of the more user-friendly filters we have used. Drinking from the filter doesn’t require a lot of sucking effort and when the filter has reached its filtering capacity it will stop taking in water, simple as that.

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#followtheliters

Safe clean water is something many of us take for granted, however it’s something that is not readily available to everyone. From the beginning Vestergaard has been designing filters for the purpose of helping those who do not have access to safe drinking water. In 2014 the Follow The Liters program was started and a now a portion of each sale goes towards providing one school child in a developing community safe drinking water for an entire school year.

LifeStraw is not only a convenient, easy to use filtering system for adventuring but it’s a brand that is doing more than creating products, it’s a brand that hopes to create better lives for people all over the world and so far is doing a very good job of it.

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LifeStraw Go
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Author: Spring McClurg

I moved to B.C. with my husband in 2010 after spending 6 years living abroad in Ireland. Originally from a small town in Alberta that was minutes away from the Rockies, I always knew I would return to the mountains one day. I love spending as much time as I can in the mountains, whether it be mountaineering, rock climbing or simply running on the backcountry trails. I love to challenge myself and seek out new experiences.

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  1. I have this filter and i use it pretty often. One thing to keep it mind is that after you are done with it make sure you blow out the left over water from inside the filter and also shake it well so i wont grow mold inside it.

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