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The 6 Best Camping Water Filters & Purifiers of 2022

By: Jen Streby: Camp Buyer | June 10, 2022

 

If you’re planning on spending any extended amount of time in the backcountry, it’s worth including some sort of water filtration system on your camping checklist. Sure, you could just carry a bunch of water, but that’s heavy, and silly when there are streams and springs to drink out of. The key is filtering that natural water before you drink it. Who knows what sort of nasty organisms could be living in there! But not all camping water filter systems are created equal, and what style you need varies according to what you’re planning on doing. So we’ve put together this list of the best camping water filters to help you narrow it down.

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Looking to filter a bunch of water quickly for a big group? We’ve got you covered! Looking for a lightweight option so that you can refill your bottle midway through a big run? We’ve got that too. The key is thinking through your filtration and capacity needs, and choosing the filter that best matches them. That’s why we’ve put all of the relevant specs for each filter in easy to read charts. We know, there’s a lot of information to digest here, but with a little research, you’ll be filtering your own water in no time!

Grayl Ultrapress Purifier

Grayl UltraPress Purifier

Compact, simple to use, and extremely effective, the Grayl UltraPress Water Purifier removes the stress of finding, purifying, and storing safe drinking water when you're off the grid. Unlike most cumbersome water purification systems, the Grayl UltraPress requires zero setup and gives you clean, purified drinking water in just 10 seconds. The Grayl UltraPress is a great option for small groups moving quickly, who just need clean water fast.

StyleWeightOriginal Price
Press Filter354 grams$89.95

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Platypus Quickdraw Microfilter

Platypus QuickDraw Microfilter

Turn every bubbling mountain stream into a thirst quenching water source with the Platypus QuickDraw™ Microfilter System. Weighing in at just 3.3 oz, this handy little hiking companion includes the collapsible 1L QuickDraw Reservoir, allowing you to stay hydrated wherever your adventures take you. Since it’s integrated into a soft bottle, the Platypus Quickdraw is one of the lightest and most packable filtration systems available.

StyleWeightOriginal Price
Integrated Bottle Filter100 grams$44.95

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MSR Trailshot

MSR TrailShot

Always be in control of your water supply while on the trail with the ultralight MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter. Tested to meet EPA and NSF protocols for removal of bacteria, the TrailShot requires zero setup and one-hand operations provide optimum safety and ease of use! The Trailshot is a lightweight and efficient filter setup for small groups.

StyleWeightOriginal Price
Hand Pump Filter142 grams$54.95

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Mizu V7 360

Mizu V7 360 Adventure

The Mizu V7 360 Adventure Kit gives you the luxury of drinkable water without the bulk of a pump filter. The V7 vacuum-insulated, copper-lined water bottle keeps your water sealed and climate-controlled while the Adventure Purifier filters out 99.999 percent of contaminants. Drink up, and enjoy getting to your fresh agua while your friends are still trying to figure their filter system out. The Mizu is simple and effective, everything you want from a filtration system.

StyleWeightOriginal Price
Bottle Integrated Filter391 grams$69.95

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MSR Basekit

MSR Basekit

From low overhead trail runs to week-long backcountry missions, the MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit covers all your bases with ease. Consisting of a full blown 3-in-1 system that can easily break down into its component parts, this versatile system works for either immediate refreshment on trail, or as a full blown gravity system back at camp. The Base Kit is very versatile, it is light enough to carry solo, but has the capacity to keep larger groups hydrated.

StyleWeightOriginal Price
Reservoir Filter System620 grams$159.95

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Grayl Geopress

Grayl Geopress

World travelers, check this out! The Grayl Geopress Water Purifier is the easiest on-the-go water purifier around. Simply fill, press and in 8 seconds, drink. Conveniently water bottle shaped, never worry about water quality again with this incredibly powerful, portable and effective filtration system. It’s compact, so there’s no excuse to travel without your Geopress.

StyleWeightOriginal Price
Press Filter450 grams$99.95

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The Selection Process:

Our camp buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things camping stemming from years of experience in the outdoor industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the trail and hanging at the campsite. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jen Streby

Hi! My name is Jen, and I grew up loving the outdoors, traveling to our family cabin every summer in Michigan where I got to spend time in lakes, rivers, and the woods. I grew apart from that as I traveled throughout the U.S. searching for what I call home until I moved to Utah in 2008 and became an avid backpacker and river rafter. From then on, it’s been a passion I seek out when the weather is a bit warmer here in the PNW.

I now call Washington home and have been here for 6 years. I started working for evo 2 days after my move up from Portland and have loved every minute of it. I’ve been a buyer for a couple of categories and then was tasked with bringing on our camp category several years ago. It’s been a wild ride and I’m stoked to be able to share my love for the outdoors with all our evo family.