2015-01-01 12.28.01Have I told you recently how much I love my job!  I get to try out and review gear and then give it away..what is not to like about that?

It is absolutely no different with today’s review of the Sawyer Mini Water Filter.  This little filer packs quite a punch in a small package.  If used properly this filter will help to decontaminate up to 100,000 gallons of water.  However there are some pre-cautions to take, to make sure it works soundly and for that long.  Please watch the video below.   For the review.

Below the video you can see a link where you can buy your own at a huge discount.  I bought 4 at a time and passed them on to everyone in my family.  If you would like a free one, the directions for entering to win one follows the video below as well.

Buy one for yourself:  http://amzn.to/1D4Jggd

Buy 4 at a time (GREAT DEAL!):  http://amzn.to/1w03sbh

If you are would like to wait until we give this one away, no problem.  All you need to do to enter to win is the following:

  • Subscribe to the Dan’s Depot Channel if you have not already!
  • Remark on the comments section of the video for the water filter how you would like to use it, if you win it.
  • That is all, thanks for joining in the fun.
  • We will pick a winner the following Friday for this filter.

So there you go.  I hope you get yourself one or more, they are great little tools for backpacking, day hiking, survival, hunting and more!

Ccraig1raig Caudill is the director of Nature Reliance School.  He has taught a range of people ranging from military operators, to little old grannies down the street.  He has an active online school at Dan’s Depot and teaches lengthy classes and short workshops in several states on the topics of survival, preparedness and nature awareness.  Do a google search on “Craig Caudill survival” to see what we mean.  You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.  Please consider subscribing to the youtube channels at Dan’s Depot and Nature Reliance School to learn more and varied lessons.

 

 

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150 Responses

  1. James Kropf

    Craig, can’t locate the link to enter the contest.

    Great video on a product I already own, Keep one in my go bag even though Prescott Az has great water and plenty of hiking trails.

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  2. Perry Chase

    I think I would use this every time I went camping. You have to learn how and practice how to use your items so what better way to get proficient with it than to use it right?

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  3. Humeulus

    Craig,
    I think this is a great thing to bring attention to. We have several and I’ve given several away for gifts. For $20 you get 100,000 gallons filtered…………. hands down the best option for people.

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  4. Joe Frohlcih

    This would be a great piece of equipment. I would use it in my go bag. It is small and does not weigh much.

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  5. Becky VanGinkel

    If I win, I would give this to my husband to put in his survival pack. He hunts all the time, but we are also starting to put together a ‘bug out’ pack.. this is all very new to me but I think it’s important to have a plan and be informed of what could happen. Thanks so much for this post.. i never thought about mini water filtration systems before!

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  6. Patrick K

    It would be my first filter straw. I would use it when going camping and always keep it in my vehicle.
    Thanks for another great video.

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    • Humeulus

      Patrick,
      Keep in mind that if you use this filter, it will be destroyed if it ever freezes with any water in the filter system. If you use it in the winter or when freezing temps are likely, keep it in your coat to keep it from freezing. Nothing like thinking something will be in working shape and then to find that it’s destroyed.

      Best to you.

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  7. rezmut

    I got one as a gift not long ago, and am looking forward to trying it out . I like the fact that it can be used as a gravity filter or you can force the water through by gently squeezing the bag.

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  8. Don Don

    When filling the bladder it helps to have a bandana or other fine cloth to put over the opening as a “prefilter” to stop large debris that can clog and greatly shorten the life of the filter. This is a standard for any water collection system wheter a filter or chemical element is used.

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  9. anxietor

    if i won one, it would go straight to the glovebox of my pickup in case of an emergency on the road.

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  10. Daniel Garcia

    I love to win one of these for my car kit! So if the family and I get stuck anywhere, fresh water won’t be an issue.

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  11. andrew

    Would carry it in my EDC kit for sure if I won. Keep up the good work of keeping us informed!

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  12. Dawn

    What an awesome product for a great price. I have a couple different filters but I really love how compact this one is. It would be perfect in my fishing kit so I don’t have to carry bottled water on a fishing trip. I would also like one for my vehicle (during the summer). Thanks for sharing this with us Craig!

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  13. jerry g

    I’d put one in my bugout bag for emergencies. I have lots of water available in my area, but it is all quite polluted. It would be invaluable. Thanks for introducing a great product.

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  14. Greg

    I bought one for my wife’s trip to Thailand & Philippines. She used it, found it easy to use and it worked just great.

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  15. Pamela Summers

    great review video and an awesome product! I love the fact of how small it is and it’ll fit into my pack no problem!

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  16. Terry

    I have a few diff.filters but none that clean that much water great review craig . this filter would be used while practicing my bush skills.

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  17. Brent S

    Looks like a great system for backpacking, and I’d keep one in the car, as well. Thanks.

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  18. GaryL

    Initially, I’d like to test it out, then gather the proper amount to equip each member of the “family.” I would add it to my ALICE pack, as I keep with me (in the trunk of the car when traveling) at all times. So, winning one would be a plus! 🙂

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  19. Shareen Mioskowski

    I would like to use this as a gift to a family member and than purchase more for the rest of us in the home 🙂

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  20. Allen

    This would be great for day hikes and overnighters in the mountains here in Colorado. Lots of water around, but not usually safe to drink.

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  21. keith stewart

    Looks like a filter system everyone should have.Found video very informitive.Thank you

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  22. Terry Overturf

    Could keep one in every bag from BOB to EDC. Just can see a wide range of possibilities.. Glovebox, hunting, or just wandering around.

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  23. PiruJake

    That was a very informative review. If I win the Sawyer Mini Water Filter, I would give it to my Son-in-Law, who is an avid hunter and fisherman here in Montana. Also, we both are well into prepping and surviving and this product would be a great addition to our safety and peace of mind.

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  24. Robert

    I have a different brand of water filter but only does 1/5th of what this one does. I need one of these. Please let me win one.

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  25. Christy

    This would be wonderful to take on my medical mission trip to Haiti in May. There is nothing like piece of mind knowing that the water you drink won’t make you sick when you are in a third world country!

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  26. R Daniels

    Thanks Craig; I would definitely use this hiking and camping and probably end up buying additional to have for emergency preparedness.

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  27. Dale Madren

    I would carry this in my hike-in fishing backpack, as an addition to my water supply .

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  28. Mary Rutter

    This would be great for camping and a life saver if Your ever lost in the woods

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  29. Dave Meyers

    I would really like to try one of these..they sound great! We do lots of camping, and go Birding quite a bit…but also, would love to have one for My Go bag! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  30. Mark

    would use it on extended hiking trips when potable water is not available on tap.

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  31. Ocsabot

    If I had it I would take it to the Safety Harbor Spa and resort and run it through it tasks at every water point I could find. I now have two reasons to visit my Grandmother!

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  32. Timothy Mckee

    I would keep it in my camper, available for hikes and backpacking adventures.

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  33. Tom Chenault

    Great video! I will put it in my truck edc bag. Gonna need a couple of these guys.

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  34. Lori

    Thanks for the video. I did not know about how freezing temps affect the filter. I would use this hiking and camping.

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  35. Dennis

    I’d keep this in my bugout kit precisely because when I need to stay safely hydrated, this wonder would help me and my family do just that!

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  36. Tony Martens

    I would use the filter as part of my camping equipment and part as my get home bag.

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  37. Tony Martens

    I would use it part of my camping equiptment and as part of my get home bag.

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  38. Stacey

    I would use this in our camping gear for our cross country trip with my ten, eleven, and thirteen year old girls. They love to hike and camp, and we are learning survival skills as part of our Home School program.

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  39. Raymond Klieber

    Any kind of water filtration system is a plus! The smaller, more portable and highest capability the better. Made in USA is even more of a plus!!

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  40. Paula

    I have heard of the Berkey water filitration device, but not the Sawyer Mini. It sounds like a great product and I like the fact that you can carry it in your pocket. I also appreciated the info you gave about keeping it close to your body so it would not freeze in cold weather. Would love to win it!

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  41. Scott Charters

    This is a great must have for my survival pack and/or camping gear. At 100,000 gallons I should not have to replace it anytime soon.

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  42. Art Wray

    The Sawyer Mini looks like the greatest little survival implement to come down the pike ( Or is that” stream ” ? ) in years . Sure seems like something everyone should have . I’d certainly put it in my 25 liter day pack where I usually keep a rain shell & baseball hat , utility gloves etc . . Guess it’s my eodc ( every other day carry ) bag . Thanks for the review !

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  43. darrell brooks

    if i won this water filter i would use it hiking and camping on the lakes around here in east tenn

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  44. Rhonda Harvey

    We just bought one for backpacking! The girl at sporting goods store recommended it. Thanks for the review!

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  45. Paul

    Well if I win the filter I will be sure to use it and teach my wife and children how to us it. If I don’t win one I will still be doing the same only I will be buying it. Thanks for the review.

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  46. Kerry Scott

    I would keep this in my small edc bag with my fire kit. You never know when you might need it. So compact and well designed!!

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  47. Swede Douglas

    I would use it most out cutting wood, hunting, fixing fences, never seem to have enough water while out having fun.

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  48. Margaret Peckham

    I would love to use the Sawyer mini Water Filter!! I do a lot of hiking on the beach and in the mountains here! This would be awesome for our more remote camping trips, as well!

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  49. wen budro

    I would love to use this when I go camping and hiking. I would also keep it in my bug our bag for emergencies. It sounds like an awesome product and made in the USA is a big plus as well.

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  50. Randy Burks

    I would put it in my bug out bag so if SHTF I would be a little more prepared. Thanks for the chance.

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  51. Chuck Ballard

    My go bag is already heavy enough. This would add water filtration without any appreciable weight, and also add to the time you could ‘go’ without having a potable water source handy.

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  52. RichardSitz

    I would like to use this to teach a lesson for my local Girl Scout troupe. Probably would use it as a prize afterwards.

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  53. Lia

    Hi Dan- great review. I’m glad you showed how to actually use it in the video. we just started backpacking with our 5 kids, and getting all the gear has been expensive. Currently we only have one water filtration unit. I’m so happy you reviewed this item because it is so small and lightweight, I think even my youngest kids could have them in their packs! I especially like that they come in different colors. Thanks and I hope you choose me for one.

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  54. Jason Nimz

    I’d throw this one in my truck for off-roading. I’ve had need of one before!

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  55. Thomas Serijack III

    A good system to start my grandson with (under supervision of course).

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  56. FirstCavApache64

    I have been using one of these for the past year(hunting, camping and EDC) The great thing about the Sawyer mini is that it filters down to .01 microns when all of the other filters I have bought before only filtered down to .02 microns. They are tiny and lightweight and fit well in my Maxpedition EDC bag. Pre-filtering the water if it is muddy or has debris in it is a very good idea as they can clog rather quickly. However all you have to do is back flush it with the syringe and it cleans itself out really easily. The bleach idea is something I had not heard about but I will have to look it up on the company website. This is money well spent when you think of other filter straws that are good for 500 or 1,000 gallons and cost the same. It’s great that the filter is threaded on one end and can screw straight onto almost any threaded bottle like a 2 liter or any water or soda bottle. Well worth the money and I will buy more for my son’s BOB. Great review.

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  57. Michael Szostak

    this is truly a great survival tool, if this works as well as promoted
    It is small enough not to take up much space or you could carry in side pocket. would provide enough clean water for a number of people. Would most definitely like to win or buy a couple.

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  58. steve mangano

    I would keep it in my bag that t I take with me to work everyday. I have broken dien before and ran out of stuff to drink and with this I would be able yo safely drink stream water.

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  59. Momma Kathy

    Hello Craig
    I would use this filter around the house in case our public water supply went down. Or, if my pipes froze during the winter and I had to find alternate source for water. Already had pipes freeze once this past week.
    With the filter on my water pitcher, the first couple pitchers filtered have to be poured out in order to rinse out the filter. Else, it tastes funny. Is that necessary on these? And, do you only do the bleach solution when you are storing them away after use?

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  60. Mike Kirk

    I have been looking at this product for quite sometime. Love it’s flexibility and ease of use. I would put it in my bug out bag but would also practice with it on the camping trips this coming year. My sons name is Sawyer to boot. Can’t go wrong.

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  61. robert williams

    i rarely am luck enough to win but i’d love to have this.i am an avid hunter/fisherman and general outdoorsman and know several ways of getting clean water to drink but i also take my young daughter along with me just about every time i go.this is why i’d love to have this because God forbid the worst case scenario ever play out and something horrible happens to me leaving her to be the one to keep us alive in a survival situation until help arrives would make having enough safe drinkable water for the both of us very easy and mind settling.

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  62. Dan McIntire

    I would like to have a few of these! B.O.B., glovebox, hunting bag, toolbox, my desk… you never know when, where and why this would come in handy!

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  63. Kenneth Watts

    I would use this sawyer mini to eliminate the usage of bottled water on the trail and at camp.

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  64. Stephen Davis

    Wow! Simple enough even my wife could use it. 🙂 She needs one for her bug out bag.

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  65. Pete M

    This is exactly what I need for my wilderness canoe trip in Maine/New Hampshire this summer. 4 people, 2 canoes, 7-8 days through the wilderness with nothing but what we pack with us.
    Sure will be easier than packing gallons of heavy water and having to haul them along with our gear when we have to portage the canoes!
    I NEED one of these!

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  66. Douglas Houston

    This would go right into our emergency pack, clean safe water is always a priority.

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  67. Christopher Sorel

    picking one up for my sons emergency scout pack I am making for him. Love to get one to pay it forward to another scout

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  68. Adam Girdner

    IF I won, I would put this in my hunting pack for emergencies. The other day I realized that I didn’t have anything to start a fire with in my hunting pack so I added a ferro rod. This would give me the capability to have drinking water if something were to happen.

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  69. Shawn

    I’ve tried a number of straws these past few years and the next will likely be the sawyer mini. That was probably the best review of that product I’ve seen. The cautionary about freezing no one else seems to mention and is easily averted by keeping near your body. I like to stroll out in to the woods with minimal supplies and rough it for the weekend this would help cut down on the weight factor.

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  70. Trish Clapper

    I would love this to add to my backpack for many uses, hunting, hiking, emergency. thanks for the chance

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  71. JD

    Looks like a great product. I would put it in my Go bag, and buy some more for my family and friends, and hey I would take the one you used too. LOL Thanks Craig.

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  72. Lee Tangen

    I’d like to win one for my bug out bag that I carry in my vehicle for those times that we hope don’t ever happen, but are inevitable.

    I couldn’t find the like to enter, so I must have done something wrong.

    Good presentation and information as usual. Thanks

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  73. Rob Parsley

    Would be a great tool for my Bug-out-bag!
    Great videos from great website!

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  74. Liz Stallings

    There are 5 in my family, so if I could win one and buy the other four, it would help me out financially. How would we use them? They will go in our BOB’s but will be available to use when hunting or camping out in the woods.

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  75. JamesK

    I would love to have a few of these to keep in our vehicles for emergencies. Nice that these are very compact but can also handle a high volume of water.

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  76. Bill K.

    Sounds like a good item for our get home bags. Will be ordering some. Thanks for the great review.

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  77. Debbie Epps Kennedy

    Excellent video! I’d keep this in the main bug out bag. If I’m able to pick up the four pack, I’d have one in every vehicle carry bag,,,

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  78. John Voros

    This would be great for our Boy Scout Troop. The boys and adults would be able to have clean water to cook with and drink without lugging 5 Gal containers full of water. Thanks and good luck to all.

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  79. LouisianaJoe

    I would put this in my vehicle for emergencies. This would be handy if you encounter an accident and water is needed.

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  80. Troy I.

    This one is a great size to carry on even a short walk. I have a pump type filter but it is big and bulky with hoses and everything. I would use this more often.

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  81. Dennis

    I would use this in my EDC and GO BAG. Also I would use it whenever I come across water. Just to get used to it. I think that Sawyer Filters and THE BEST.

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  82. Cecil Houser

    This filter would be great for in our 72 hour kit & to carry in fanny pack hiking, hunting, fishing or camping.

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  83. Kate

    My daughter is going out of the country on a mission trip and this would be awesome for her not having to worry about bugs in the water supply while out of the country… (And for me not having to worry about her coming back with intestinal unfriendlies coming home with her…!!!)

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  84. Steve Hoffman

    I would like to have this for my bug out bag or my emergency bag. I would use it for hiking too. Thanks.

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  85. Steve

    I would keep it in my go bag and also use it on my several hiking trips I take . I love being out on the trails and making my own trails! This would be a life saver!

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  86. Ben

    I’d definitely want to keep one of these in my pack for hiking just in case I were to get lost or had an emergency situation and ran out of my regular water supply.

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  87. Madeline

    Hi Craig,
    I greatly enjoyed the video of the Sawyer Mini Filter that you demonstrated. Since I don’t always take my EDC with me, the filter is small enough that I could actually carry it in my purse. That would make it easy to get safe water whenever needed. I’d love to have one to carry in my purse.
    Thank you !

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  88. Jerry Campbell

    I enjoy , camping and canoeing in Northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan, a well as northern Illinois where my home is. I usually boil or use other filtering methods that are time consuming, and bulky. I would use this filter instead of carrying extra water. When canoeing kayaking or hiking I would use it as my primary way of purifying my water. It would not be placed in a bug out bag or survival kit waiting for some future emergency.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win a Sawyer Mini.

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  89. Holly

    For sure this is something that can go with the car for safe use in case of an emergency.

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  90. JJM

    When u back-flush with the plunger u want to use purified water. I assume that when the filter starts to slow down u can fill the plunger from sawyer pure water. Would that be enough for a proper back-flush or require repeats?

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  91. Eric Seberg

    would love to have one to round out my BOBs, have a couple other brands but want to test them all.

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  92. William Padilla

    Have never used one, seen different kinds at store .Would like to have your recommend one for my pack. Use it for hiking /camping . Thanks William

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  93. Heather De Luna

    I am subscribed on youtube and will comment on the video (and repeat it here). I would use it for this year when we clear some land down of the family farm (which currently has no housing). There isn’t working drinking water but some water sources…so it would be convenient and a good tool to add to the survival options/supplies we have stashed.

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  94. Daryl Salley

    Craig,
    Love your presentations. Always learn something new. If I had one ( or, several ) of the Sawyer Mini-Filters I would always have one in my pack, auto, and my EDC Kit. I’d also get one for each of my kids for their packs as we all hunt & fish. Looks Like a great product. The size is perfect.

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  95. Wanda

    I enjoy survival camping and bushwacking. This filter is light weight and easy to work. I do plan to get another cause 2 is prepared, 1 is none. Good to know that cold weather will affect it. I will keep that in mind.

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  96. J.Bumberger

    These filters look awesome for us. We do many multi-day primitive camping kayak trips a season, and all of the gear is chosen by size and weight as well as the functionality since packing in the boat is difficult enough without adding the 1-2 gallons a day of water per person. Not to mention when out in some of the more remote places and trying to use the natural water sources available, I really hate the time and taste associated with purification tablets.

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