Technology in the outdoor industry continues apace across many categories, but it is perhaps water filtration and purification that has seen some of the most important developments in the last decade – it’s much easier to drink on the go in 2016. The LifeStraw Go is our favourite water filtration system. Not only is it brilliantly simple and easy to use, but the people who make it are committed to supporting clean water charities too.

Firstly it’s important to distinguish between filtration and purification. The former will filter out most bacteria and parasites, but a purification system is required to kill any viruses. For the most part a filtration system will suffice.

The LifeStraw Go is effectively a filtering straw attached to a water bottle that uses a two-stage filtration process. Stage one is a hollow fiber membrane that removes 99.9 percent of bacteria (E. coli and salmonella), 99.9 percent of protozoa (Giardia, Cryptosporidium, etc.), and reduces turbidity (the amount of cloudy stuff floating about in the water) by filtering particulate matter to 0.2 microns. Stage two is an activated carbon capsule that reduces chlorine, organic chemical matter (like herbicides and pesticides), and bad taste. The hollow fiber membrane filters up to 1,000 litres throughout its life; the carbon capsule filters 100 litres. Replacements for both are available.

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With the Go, all you need to do is scoop up the water from a stream or lake into the water bottle, twist the lid back on and suck it up through the mouth piece. It holds 650ml of water and is easy to use and take apart. There’s a flip top silicon bite valve so it can only be sucked up rather than dispensed into another receptacle, but for shorter walks where there are regular places for water it is perfect.

“LifeStraw put their money where their mouths are too. A portion of each sale goes to providing communities in developing countries water purification systems."

Alison Hill, LifeStraw’s managing director, said, “The new bottle is an evolution of the original LifeStraw Go. It has enhanced functionality in that it also reduces chlorine, organic chemicals and bad taste. This new product helps us achieve our goal to provide products people can integrate into their daily lives and feel secure about the water they drink."

LifeStraw put their money where their mouths are too. A portion of each sale goes to providing communities in developing countries with larger water purification systems. The latest Follow the Liters campaign was launched in Alwar, India when high-volume LifeStraw Community purifiers were taken to 33 schools to provide safe water to 8,000 school children. Previous Follow the Liters campaigns have provided 361,000 school children in Kenya with safe water.

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