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Richard Mueller
(richca) - F - M

Locale: Western USA
Sawyer inline purifier filter on 05/31/2008 11:38:13 MDT Print View

Does anybody have any experience with the Sawyer inline purifier filter and especially the flow rate. There is a field test on this filter on the internet at
and the result was that the flow rate of this filter was terrible. Another question I have on this filter is that I don't think it has any carbon in it to take out bad tastes or color of water? I do like the filter in that it removes bacteria, virusus, and protozoa. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Sawyer inline purifier filter on 05/31/2008 11:44:30 MDT Print View

I've used it.


Effective against all 3 types of baddies -- viruses, bacteria and protozoa.
Fairly compact
Easy to suck (as an inline filter)
Gravity feed option


No carbon element -- so foul tasting water will still come out tasting the same (may not be an issue if you hike in places with decent water sources)


Needs to be primed (flushed with faucet water using a faucet adapter) prior to use. Not just the first time, but anytime the purifier element has dried out (i.e. whenever stored in-between trips). If you don't flush prior to use, then it's extremely difficult to get water through. This is what happened to the reviewer you linked -- he flushed his purifier when he first got it, but didn't flush it again prior to his trip. Carrying a damp purifier means more weight and more mess -- but you will have to with this purifier.

Edited by ben2world on 05/31/2008 11:48:10 MDT.