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Sawyer PointONE As A Gravity Filter

Sawyer PointONE gravity filter

The Sawyer PointONE is my new favorite water filter. Depending on water conditions, it can filter up to one millions gallons, and the flow rate beats the Sawyer Mini water filter hands down.

However wonderful the Sawyer PointONE water filter is, the user still has to either fill up a bag or water bottle, then attach the bag or bottle to the filter. Filling a water bottle with a small opening can be a pain, and sometimes an act in frustration. Rather than using the bag that was included with the Sawyer PointONE water filter, I bought a two liter platypus bag.  One end of the platypus bag opens, and water is simply scooped up from the water source.

Think of the platypus bag as large heavy duty ziplock bag with a hose attachment. The bag can then be hung from a tree limb, or from the side of a tree. From there a plastic hose is attached, with the Sawyer PointONE water filter inline between the platypus bag and the water bottle.

Sawyer PointONE Specifications


From the Sawyer PointOne Amazon page.

  • Complete water filtration system designed for emergency preparedness, groups in the backcountry, and mission trips
  • Removes greater than 99.99999% of bacteria
  • Removes 99.9999% of all protozoa
  • Bucket and faucet adapters provide high-volume clean, potable water from any fresh water source; easily field maintainable
  • Filter with built-in and removable push/pull cap; comes with one 32-ounce, BPA-free collapsible pouch for personal hydration
  • Backed by manufacturer’s lifetime limited warranty (Independent Testing Laboratory Hydreion, LLC.; Microbiological Report S05-03)

Now for the video showing the setup.

I was very impressed with how fast the Sawyer PointONE filtered the water.  The flow was almost instant, which surprised me.

This would be an excellent set up for a camping trip. Staying at one location for several days?  Get a two or three liter water bladder, and the Sawyer PointONE can be used to filter water for everyone in the camp.

Even on a hiking or backpacking trip this would be a nice setup.  No more getting the old style pump water filter out and pumping water.  Just fill the platypus bag, and hang it from a tree limb or from the side of a tree.

I have been using pump filters since the 1990s and am getting tired of them.  The goal is to find something that allows me to spend more time enjoying nature, and less time filtering water.

It may take a few minutes to set the Sawyer PointOne gravity water filter system up, but it beats kneeing down in the dirt to use a pump filter.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock

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