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Grayl UltraPress Water Filter Gear Overview

On this planet of purifying ingesting water, there are lots of other 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 scale back your backpack weight by gathering water alongside the best way and never find yourself with some type of gastro is a superb revelation – it’s additionally straightforward to do. I’ve been utilizing a Grayl UltraPress water purification filter for a few months earlier than scripting this gear assessment and right here’s what I discovered:

Fill, press, drink… it’s that straightforward.

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

  • Tablets – eg. Micropur
  • Drops – eg. Aquamira
  • Filters – Like this one or Sawyer Squeeze, MSR or Katadyn
  • Boiling
  • UV Mild – eg. Steripen

When water filters first hit the out of doors gear market, they tended to be cumbersome and heavy. Fortunately, these points are persevering with to be addressed by the main water filter producers corresponding to Katadyn, LifeStraw, Platypus, Sawyer Squeeze, MSR and Grayl.

The factor that basically struck me by the Grayl UltraPress air purifier stand out from different choices is how straightforward it’s to make use of. 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 dangle or ready half-hour for it to work.

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

The slimline form suits properly into backpack facet pockets

The Professionals

  1. Easy
  2. On the spot
  3. Slimline Design
  4. Large gremlin and bug-killing functionality = virus, micro organism, protozoa, microplastic, silt, sediment, chemical compounds and heavy metals

The Cons

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

The filters will final for 350 x 500 ml presses and disposing of the filter cartridge (80 g). Grayl are within the strategy 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 wish to see the filters having to go to landfill.

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

Grayl UltraPress Specs

  • 500 ml
  • 354 grams
  • 25 cm x 7.5 cm (suits properly in facet pockets)
  • Lifespan: 300 presses (ie. 150 litres)
  • Filter technique: ion change, extremely powdered activated carbon
  • Movement price: 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
  • Created from BPA-free polypropylene, TPA and ABS food-grade plastic

Purchase a Grayl UltraPress or different Grayl bottle now.

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