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Backpacker Magazine – January/February 2010

Gear Review: Aquamira Water Bottle and Filter

Hate hoses? This bottle/filter combo is perfect for ultralighters in wet places

Aquamira Water Bottle and filter.
Aquamira Water Bottle and filter.

Here in the Southeast, I typically hit running water every four to six miles. So I’ve slashed nearly three pounds of water weight (a full two-liter bladder) with this dip-and-go system. Just unscrew the wide-mouth lid, fill up in a stream, reattach the cap, and slurp through the push/pull valve. The water runs through a filter element that removes Giardia, cryptosporidium, and other contaminants. One filter treats up to 230 fills, and a plastic flip cap protects the mouthpiece from getting gritty. Bummer: With silty water, you have to suck really hard.


Best For
Light-and-fast solo hikers who travel through terrain with plentiful watering holes; people who prefer bottles over bladder/hose systems

Tester Data
> Bobby Trotter

> Tested for 3+ years

> “If I’m hiking in a place where I’m concerned about viruses like Norwalk, I just add Aquamira drops to the bottle.”

>6.5 oz.

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Jul 20, 2012

I just came from five days in the Boundary Waters in Northern MN. On a day when our water pumps failed my group of eight, the Aquamaria filter bottle saved the day. We all were using it to stay hydrated. I'll take it with me on all hiking trips and will get a replacement filter for later. its truly a great bottle and filter system at a great price!

Bobby Trotter
Aug 31, 2010

It works well but does require two hands to squeeze the bottle as you drink

Larry Clifton
Jan 22, 2010

I am seeing a lot of these filtering water bottles lately. How does this compare to the Hydros bottle ( Personally I think it looks a lot better...


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