Disclaimer: I was given a Sawyer Select S2 Water Filter by Sawyer to review. In no way, shape or form did this influence my review of the product.
Recently, I was incredibly lucky to be able to head out to the Cathedral Ranges and test out the Sawyer Select S2 Water Filter drink bottle.
But first, a little about who Sawyer is…
In business since 1984, Sawyer has been producing a number of high quality outdoors products such as water filters and purifiers, sun protection, bug repellant and first aid protection.
They’re mission in life is “eliminating two of the biggest causes of death in the world: bad water and mosquito bites”.
Furthermore, as their website claims, they have developed their filters to a point that they are able to filter water to levels cleaner than U.S. bottled water.
A big fan of water filters in general, the first one I ever used was the Sawyer Mini Filter, which is a great piece of kit, so I was keen to see how this new purifier would perform.
One of three filters, in some respects the Sawyer Select S2 Water Filter is like a standard filter but in other ways it isn’t.
The bottle is made of silicone with a piece of foam inserted on the inside. I must admit I was a little skeptical at first but more than willing to see how it would pan out.
It has a hard plastic net that sits snugly on the mouth of the bottle with a black cap attached over that.
That’s where the filter can be screwed on to the bottle itself to enable you to drink the water that is taken from a running stream.
The filter itself is made from a micron hollow fiber filter which filters out “viruses, bacteria, protozoa, chemicals and pesticides” and improves the taste and odour of the water.
Once you have filled the water up to the fill line, “wring” the bottle out as if you are wringing out the water from a hand towel.
Do this for about 10 seconds and then you are good to go!
It can hold roughly 20 ounces/500mls of water and about 35cms in length including the filter.
The stream that runs through Cooks Mill in the Cathedral Ranges was the perfect place to test it out as the area is near Victorian High Country.
What I Liked…
- It filters river water exceptionally well (which is what I have come to expect from Sawyer Filters)
- It’s capacity is ideal to complement your main water system or to use when cooking food while camping or hiking
- The filtered water came out clear and tasted great
- You are able to get 800 uses out of it
What I Didn’t Like…
- The size (roughly 35cm) and weight (500 grams) of the bottle, coupled with the filter, may be a little inconvenient for those who insist on lightweight gear
- Given the above, fitting it nicely into your backpack could be a little tricky. I stored mine in an outside pocket on my One Planet Ned Backpack
Overall, I think the Sawyer Select S2 Water Filter is a handy product and one I would recommend that you consider adding to your existing water system.
I think if you treat it in the context of it complementing your water system rather than replacing it, it’s a valuable addition.
I often like to use another bottle of water to use to cook my food with, so this will come in handy on thru-hikes such as my upcoming trek to New Zealand.