Do you filter your water whilst out in the hills?
Often when you are out in the hills there is plenty of water to be found in streams, lakes and ponds. In the higher mountains it’s usually safe to drink out of flowing streams but what about on the lower fells? Rather than take a risk it’s probably best to filter any water before drinking it. There’s plenty of choice when it comes to water filtering systems, a brand I’ve only just heard of is WakiWaki. Here I look at their Blue Purifier water bottle (also available in orange and purple)
The system comprises of a rigid plastic bottle with a 600ml capacity (if using the filter the capacity is reduced slightly) The lid has a pop up mouthpiece which clicks down and locks in place when not in use.
The lid unscrews completely allowing the wide mouthed bottle to be easily refilled. The bottle comes with a straw and a filter which are interchangeable meaning that it can be used in two ways; either as a standard bottle to drink water or juice using the straw, or as filtering device. Swapping between straw and filter is a very simple process that only takes a few seconds. The lid also houses a small compass although I wouldn’t rely on this for navigating!
I tested the blue bottle, orange and purple are also available.
Also supplied are a syringe to allow simple backwashing of the filter after use and a carabiner which can be used to attach the bottle to a rucksack. The filter is replaceable if you exceed its lifespan of filtering 1500 litres.
- Food grade BPA free plastic bottle.
- 4-stage filter: Coarse Filter, Activated Carbon, Hollow Fiber Ultra Membrane, PP Cotton Fiber
- Filter Pore Size: 0.1μm ceramic membrane
- Filter lifespan: 1500 litres
- Flow Rate: 450ml/min (max)
- Weight: 220g (empty bottle with filter)
RRP $22.99 (cheap shipping to UK)
Personally I prefer to use soft-flask type filters when running or hiking and bladder systems when camping so I probably wouldn’t choose a rigid water bottle. However, for anyone who likes to use a rigid drinks bottle the WakiWaki offers good value. It is versatile in that it can be used simply as a drinks container or as a water filter. It will fit neatly into the side pocket of many walking rucksacks and is sturdy enough to cope with the usual knocks and scrapes that come with hill walking and camping.
For people simply wanting to drink from a source rather than carry and filter water then the WakiWaki Straw Filter would be a good option. https://www.gowakiwaki.com/product-category/outdoor-water-filter/straw-filter/
I must admit that I hadn’t heard about WakiWaki, this info is directly from the company:
Waki Waki is an innovative brand that strives to create quality and leading outdoor water filters, while providing relevant outdoor equipment as a whole. Our company Membrane Solutions was founded in 2006 in Texas USA. Since 2008, we have realized that many outdoor enthusiasts, explorers, adventurers, athletes, campers or friends & family travel have difficulty in clean and safe water, so we came up with the idea of establishing a characteristic brand to offer users suitable outdoor products and solutions for those who expect to enjoy a healthy and pleased outdoor life. We are the earlier brand to provide ultrafiltration screen technology up to 0.01 microns, it can remove 99.99999% of Bacteria, Parasites, and micro-plastics; Reduces Turbidity, and heavy metal; Adsorbs chlorine, VOCs, odours etc.) and improve the taste. Ensuring the safest water in the worst environments.
Our Water filter straw or water purifier bottle is generally small in size and lightweight to carry. We can filter water directly from natural sources such as lakes, rivers, and pools into clean and safe drinking water. Waki water filter bottles with a backwash design, easy to wash and keep, can be recycled. We admire healthy lifestyle. And we love spending time outdoors and encourage our users to go outside and enjoy all that our beautiful planet has to offer.
The Waki Waki Purifier Water Bottle is an affordable and versatile system for anyone wanting the flexibility of a rigid bottle that can also be used as a purifier / filter.
Waki Waki are a US based company but ship to the UK at low cost.