We’re big fans of the Sawyer Squeeze Mini Water Filter, so I was excited to see Sawyer announce an even more minimal version, the Micro Squeeze Filter. As its name suggests, it’s smaller and lighter than the other Sawyer Squeeze filters, which should make it more convenient to pack and carry in an ultralight bikepacking setup. As with the Mini version, the Micro Squeeze filter boasts the same impressive 100,000 gallon lifespan as well.
As with the Mini and regular versions of the Squeeze system, the Sawyer Micro Squeeze Filter features the company’s hollow fiber filter technology, which they claim removes 99.999% of bacteria and protozoa found in fresh water and is certified for 0.1 micron filtration. This treats water against salmonella, E. coli, Giardia, and Vibrio cholerae. We’ve used the Mini all over the world and feel pretty confident about it.
The Micro Squeeze can filter up to 100,000 gallons of water without needing to replace a cartridge. Upkeep is fairly easy, but you must carry the included syringe to backwash the filter and maintain the flow rate.
The Sawyer Micro Squeeze system has a total weight of around 2 ounces, although the details aren’t clear on exact size weight just yet. The filter can be installed inline on a hydration pack, threaded on most standard plastic water bottles, or better yet, on the included 32-ounce (1-liter) Squeeze Pouch. The Micro Squeeze is now available at Amazon for $28.99, among a few other retailers.
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