Grayl UltraPress Water Filter Gear Evaluation

On this planet of purifying ingesting water, there are lots of alternative ways of performing the bushwalker’s miracle of water into w… properly, water… and making it protected to drink. The hiker’s alchemy of having the ability to cut back your backpack weight by gathering water alongside the way in which and never find yourself with some type of gastro is a superb revelation – it’s additionally simple to do. I’ve been utilizing a Grayl UltraPress water purification filter for a few months earlier than scripting this gear evaluation and right here’s what I discovered:

Fill, press, drink… it’s that simple.

The commonest methods of treating ingesting water for bushwalking and mountaineering are:

What to search for in water remedy

Not all strategies are equal OR do the identical job(s). There are 4 foremost bug varieties that ingesting water remedies can take care of:

  1. Micro organism
  2. Viruses
  3. Protozoa
  4. Microparticles

Doing all your analysis to work out what specific bugs are extra of a difficulty the place you propose on adventuring, could assist you to make a sensible alternative. Some filters or strategies solely take care of micro organism and protozoa, while others could solely do viruses. The satan is within the element… and within the spits at 2 am in a tent… within the rain… and, properly, you get the concept.

What else?

The previous triad of price vs. bulk vs. weight is at all times going to be a balancing act for us folks who like to hold every thing on our backs. For those who’re a car-camper, day-hiker or slush-fund-recipient, then a few of these choices gained’t be as necessary.

The factor that actually struck me by the Grayl UltraPress air purifier just isn’t solely how simple it’s to make use of however that it offers with all 4 of the nasties that may very well be in water. Merely scoop up water, push the filter down (it takes a little bit of effort) and bingo – 500 ml of water that’s good to drink. No tricksy attaching hoses, rigging issues as much as grasp or ready half-hour for it to work.

It’s additionally the type of easy system that I’d need to take travelling wherever I didn’t belief the water from a faucet.

The slimline form matches properly into backpack aspect pockets

The Execs

  1. Easy
  2. Prompt
  3. Slimline Design
  4. Offers with all 4 of the water gremlins + others = virus, micro organism, protozoa, microplastic, silt, sediment, chemical substances, heavy metals + odour

The Cons

The primary draw back for me is the load of the bottle at 354 g (in addition they do an Ultralight at 309 g). 

The filters will final for 350 x 500 ml presses and you will want to get rid of the filter cartridge (80 g). Grayl are within the means of organising a trade-in service with TerraCycle (as at March 2022), so fingers crossed that doesn’t take too lengthy to occur – I wouldn’t need to see the filters having to go to landfill.

At round $140 AUD, you’ll need to take excellent care of your filter bottle to get probably the most out of it. There’s a wee little bit of stuff it’s good to know, just like the significance of drying out your filter and storing it (brief time period – on the observe and long run – at house)

Grayl UltraPress Specs

  • 500 ml
  • 354 grams
  • 25 cm x 7.5 cm (matches properly in aspect pockets)
  • Lifespan: 300 presses (ie. 150 litres)
  • Filter technique: ion change, extremely powdered activated carbon
  • Move fee: 3 litres per minute
  • Removes: 99.99% of viruses, micro organism and protozoa, together with rotavirus, hepatitus A, norovirus, giardia, cryptosporidium, E.coli, cholera, salmonella, dysentery. Yech!
  • Filters: particulates (sediment, microplastics) pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, flavour and odour
  • Comprised of BPA-free polypropylene, TPA and ABS food-grade plastic

Purchase a Grayl UltraPress or different Grayl bottles now.

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