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Lifestraw: The Best Water Filtration Straw

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LifeStraw filters down to an incredible, 0.2 microns in size!

There are many different water filtration systems for the outdoorsman. Some require a special water bottle, others use ultraviolet light. But the LifeStraw, a water filtration straw, is the most advanced personal water filter available today. Everything is contained in a small tube with special filters allowing users to just stick it in the water they want to drink and the LifeStraw will purify it as they drink. No waiting around for water to purify.

LifeStraw filters down to an incredible, 0.2 microns in size! This removes virtually all the bacteria (99.9999%) and protozoa (99.9%) from contaminated water, and reduces turbidity (muddiness) by filtering out suspended particles.

This water filtration straw is great for campers and hikers who may be drinking from rivers and lakes and unsure of water safety. Even campers that are in a campground may be a little apprehensive of the pump water. While you are out hiking, if you consume the recommended 3-4 liters of water per day, LifeStraw will last you between 250-330 days of hiking. It provides great convenience over a purifier or pump that takes a fair amount of time to finish purifying. You don’t have to wait for the LifeStraw just fill up your water bottle in the river and use the straw to drink it.


The LifeStraw will filter up to 1,000 liters (264 gallons) of water and weighs just 2 ounces with a lenth of 9 inches. It is made out of durable plastic and does not require replacement parts or batteries unlike many other personal filtration systems. It is really easy to clean and has a shelf life of 5 years.

How do you use a LifeStraw?

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The Lifestraw Water Filter

The water filtration straw is one of the easiest devices to use. Just uncap and hold it upright in the unfiltered water for a minute. This will allow water to flow up the filter membrane. The LifeStraw can be used in a water bottle, cup, or directly from the lake, river, puddle or muddy pond. Do five quick sucks and the water will flow easily.

The LifeStraw is such a great invention and was named the Best Invention of the Year by TIME Magazine. This truly is an ingenious and safe way to make sure your water is safe to drink, no matter where you are. At under $25 this is an item you must have with you in the outdoors.

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