Sawyer Mini Filter – Fresh out the box!

The new Sawyer Mini next to its predecessor, the Sqeeze

The new Sawyer Mini Filter next to its predecessor, the Squeeze

Sawyer was kind enough to give me one of their new Mini Filters to test and I thought I’d give you a quick peek at what is in store. I believe the Mini will be available for purchase any day now, but I have not been told an exact release date. I’ll first relay the specs from Sawyer: A 0.1 micron absolute filter, that weighs 2 ounces, is rated up to 100,000 gallons and costs $20. Nothing to scoff at there. (EDIT 09/25: They are available NOW according to Sawyer and MSRP is $24.99).

L to R: Mini Filter, backflush syringe, straw, 32oz dirty bag

L to R: Mini Filter, backflush syringe, straw, 32oz dirty bag

Not too shabby upon first glance I’d say. The only potential downfall is the reduced lifespan (100,000 gal.) vs the Squeeze (1 million gal.), but realistically 100,000 gallons is still going to get you about 3 gallons a day, every day, for 90+  years. Correct me if I did the math wrong, but that is still ridiculously impressive even if the numbers are optimistic. All in a 2-ish ounce package – count me in. It even seems to have a similar flow rate compared to the Squeeze!

Sawyer Personal Water Bottle Filter, adapted for 20oz bike bottle

Sawyer Personal Water Bottle Filter, adapted for 20oz bike bottle – ‘Dip and Sip’!

I’ve been using their Squeeze Filter/Personal Water Bottle Filter for over a year now for climbing, summer ski mountaineering, backpacking, and trail running and have been very pleased so far. These have now been the only two filters that have come with me since last summer 2012.

Trying our Squeeze Filter in the Absaroka backcountry, Elbow Lake, July 2012.

Trying our Squeeze Filter in the Absaroka backcountry, Elbow Lake, MT, July 2012.

The new Mini is based on the same technology as their previous 3oz model that I regularly use, but is smaller and lighter in weight. The Mini weighs only 40g/1.4oz! (dry filter, alone) on my kitchen scale and is nearly the same length as the Squeeze (~125mm), but roughly 30% smaller in overall radius.

Sawyer MIni Filter and Dynafit TLT6 Performance, both fresh outta the box

Sawyer MIni Filter and Dynafit TLT6 Performance, both fresh outta the box

I should probably be writing about my new TLT 6 Performances or something with a bit more sex appeal, but the Sawyer filters work so damn well and have come with me for many miles/gallons, so I’d thought I would share. A big thanks to Pat at Sawyer for getting this Mini into my hands so fast, too. After some mileage, I’ll report back with some field use. It’s gonna snow here soon though, so the TLT 6 Shooters might just step up to the plate here shortly. Either way, things are good. I am looking forward to what this fall has for us and am wishing everyone a happy belated Autumnal Equinox!

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