MSR AutoFlow XL Gravity Filter ($110)


Gravity filter


12 oz.

Filter life:

1,500 liters

What we like:

: 10 liters of capacity in a relatively lightweight build.

What we don’t:

No clean bag; gravity filters have limited applications.

If filters such as the Sawyer Squeeze Katadyn BeFree, or Platypus QuickDraw above attracted your attention You might want to consider The Peak Squeeze. In many ways its Peak Squeeze is the most complete of the three: Similar to the BeFree it also comes with its own flask that is quite lightweight and is a perfect setup for short-term pursuits such as trails running or day hikes. However, like it’s cousin, the Sawyer Squeeze, the Peak Squeeze can be threaded onto bottles with mouths that are standard size and can also be utilized as a gravity filter. As with the QuickDraw it comes with an impressively rapid flow rate, which filters up to 3 liters of water every minute.

It’s a new model. Peak Squeeze is relatively new to the market We’ve been impressed through our tests but it’s not yet time to determine if it can beat out popular models such as those of BeFree or QuickDraw. While analyzing the differences, the LifeStraw appears to be larger and heavier than the Katadyn. It also requires an Syringe (included) to ensure proper cleaning. In addition, unlike the multi-faceted Sawyer Squeeze the LifeStraw comes with only an outlet for tubes at one end. This means that the Peak Squeeze can’t be employed to filter an inside line, and comes with an hydration reservoir. However, its 2,000-liter life span is double the length of many of its competitors. Moreover, the cost is only $38 for the one-liter model (you are also able to purchase an extra filter for just $18 this is a bargain). LifeStraw also has smaller bottles that have filters (650mL) priced at $33 and a the Peak Gravity System that comes with a three-liter reservoir at $60.

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