The Sawyer Mini is a 2 oz filter fit for any ultralight backpacking system. The filter can be used in a few ways, but any way you connect a Sawyer Mini, the filtered water can be consumed No need to deal with pumping water, hoping your Steripen batteries don’t kick the bucket, or waiting for chemical treatments to be effective.
I like using a bladder for my water to sip as I hike. An easy project to do at home is to make your own inline water filter. I used a Platypus Hoser 2L hydration reservoir and the Sawyer Mini water filter.
The first step is to simply remove the cap of the Sawyer Mini.
You then need to do the most difficult part- cut the tube! I fiddled around with my pack and Platypus to figure out how I would most likely feed the tube and where I’d want to place the filter. If you’re worried, put your pack on, hold the filter up to where you’d cut the tubing, and then mark it with a Sharpie.
I decided to make two cuts: one where I’d connect the Sawyer Mini and the other a few inches down so I wouldn’t have a ridiculously long tube coming from my pack.
After you connect the filter it should be just about impossible to remove. If you pull on the tube, you should not feel any movement! If you need to replace the filter at some point you will be able to with some effort, but it should be snug to prevent any leaks.
|Ready to drink some delicious Sierra water!|
Last modified: November 28, 2014