Renovo Trio Water Filter

Renovo Trio Water Filter

The Renovo Trio is a triple-stage water filter that its manufacturer says is for “emergencies, survival, hiking, camping, hunting, or travel.” That covers a lot of territory, but given the Trio’s relatively compact size (7.1 in./18 cm.) and weight (4.13 oz./117g after use), there is no reason one couldn’t employ it in all of these […]

Lifestraw GO Bottle with Built-in Filter


A few weeks ago, Lifestraw sent me their new Lifestraw GO. In a nutshell, it’s a water bottle with a Lifestraw filter built in. I’ve used this on a few hikes recently. I normally carry only my Sawyer mini filter with me and attach two 20 ounce Dasani bottles on my pack straps, refilling them when […]

Ultralight (17g) 1-Micron Water Filter

Water filtration systems can be bulky and heavy. Depending on the type that you choose they can also be expensive. Pumps and mechanical devices are prone to blockages or failures and chemicals alone result in a less than desirable end product. So what should you do? I’ve grown more and more dissatisfied with many of […]

Ultralight Platypus Dog Chews

Platypus hydration bags are relatively indestructible and are definitely known to last a long time even with heavy abuse. However, leave one where your 85lb Lab can get to it and it becomes just another dog chew, albeit a rather expensive one. Lesson learned, one half of my ultralight water gravity filter (my clean bag) […]

Gravity Water Filter

Usually when I go hiking I take along my portable Katadyn Guide water pump and use it to fill up one or two 2-liter Platypus bags for later drinking. While the Katadyn works extremely well and I’ve never experienced any problems resulting from the water I’ve pumped and later consumed, I’ve noticed that it is […]

Platypus CleanStream Gravity Filter

I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Klass’ home-made Platypus gravity filtration system for some time, so much so that I copied the entire set up and now use that as my ultralight water filtration system of choice. Below is a video by Jason describing how his system works and the basic components necessary to […]