When I was a young man we’d drink from the rivers and creeks around the camp I attended in the Blue Ridge Mountains. That was, however, nearly 30 years ago.
What with today's environmental standards, there’s no way in hell unfiltered water is getting into this mouth.
Unless, of course, I'm using a water purifier. The portable water purifier category has advanced considerably in the past few years. The latest innovation is the Grayl, a lightweight water bottle with a purification column that when used can rid the water of 99.99% of its impurities.
grayl (3 images)
It’s not the smallest purification system — that title goes to LifeStraw. But it is the best for hikers, kayakers and anyone trekking on the go because it’s a space saver. Essentially, you've got a water bottle and purifier in one.
The Grayl uses an electroabsorption media to extract pathogens and inorganic compounds, an ultra-powdered activated carbon to filter chemicals, and a silver treated zeolite to keep it clean between uses.
We won’t hit the wilds without it.