The Survivor Filter is a personal water filtration device that is perfect to include as a bug out bag water filter or backpacking water filter for outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. The filter is shaped like a straw, which allows you to drink directly from any fresh water source, or it can be attached to a soda bottle to filter directly into a container of your choice.
If you are drinking from an unreliable water source, water filtration is extremely important. Water impurities such as viruses, bacteria, and protozoa can be found in lakes and streams and have the potential to make you sick. For someone who is traveling in the wilderness, it is absolutely imperative that they have some sort of water filtration or purification to make sure that they do not contract any illnesses, which may prove debilitating or even fatal.
How does it work?
This product uses a three-stage treatment method with two types of filtration that are easily replaceable. The first stage is a mesh pre-filter, followed by a medical grade Ultra Filter, and finally a carbon filter. The carbon filter is able to remove dirt, heavy metals, chlorine, and bacteria and has a small electro-positive charge to help attract chemicals and impurities. The Ultra Filter uses hollow fiber membranes to treat the water. Both filters can cleanse up to 1000 liters or 264 gallons of water before needing to be cleaned or replaced. No chemicals are used and tests have shown that it will remove 99% of typical bacteria found in water.
The company offers a warranty on the filter and will replace it if there are any signs of structural damage or defect that are not caused by normal wear and tear. Here is a quick look at the features and specifications of the Survivor Filter:
- 3-step filtration process including carbon filter, UF filter, and mesh pre-filter
- Carbon and UF filters fully replaceable
- Filters bacteria up to .05 microns
- Removes 99% of bacteria
- Filters 1000 liters or 264 gallons of water
- Flow rate of 7 ounces or 200ml per minute
- Weighs 3.5 ounces
- Integrated cap to keep the mouthpiece clean
- Body is 1.4 x 1.4 x 7.1 inches
The filter is heavier and larger than some other water filters that are currently on the market. It seems to be a newer product and there are not many reviews for it out there. It can only filter 1000 liters of water, which is great for an emergency situation or short trip, but if you plan to use it regularly in the wilderness, you will find yourself replacing the components often.
Water filtration is essential for traveling in the wilderness when there are no reliable water sources, and it’s great to include as a bug out water filter. Without clean water, you could become ill with a number of sicknesses, some of which could be deadly. The Survivor Filter is best for someone who wants to travel fast and does not want to carry a lot of extra water; it’s truly a survival water filter. The average person drinks about 4 liters of water a day, but I usually plan for at least 6 liters per day while hiking. The filter can be used as a primary source of water filtration, or as a backup. This is a great piece of gear to have in the case of an emergency both in the wilderness or at home in your bug out bag.