Pick one of these up, thank me later.
After speculating on the purchase of a lifestraw (14.99$ on Amazon!) I took the plunge and vowed to test it out the next time I was out hiking with low expectations, it sounded too good to be true!
The following day a couple friends and I set out on a long hike on a hot summer day and had decided to try the straw in a running stream of water from a river.
In my experience, I had found what works best is to blowing out into the straw and then suck in the water. If you do not have a bottle or a cup handy to scoop up water you will have to get to drinking level of a riverbed or lake to drink water which can be a bit of a hassle if you are concerned about getting wet but not an impossible task. Otherwise drinking from a cup with the straw works extremely well.
As a disclaimer, I am a very picky water drinker and am one of those people who can tell the difference between Dasani and Fiji (Big difference) and I was thoroughly impressed by how well the water tasted as well as the clarity of the water!
This straw is an adventurists dream! It is very compact (9" long), lightweight (2.0oz), easy to use and can filter 1,000 litres (264 Gallons) of contaminated water into safe drinking water at anytime, anywhere! For under $20.00 you can not go wrong having one, you will thank yourself for the purchase when you are in a pinch and need water desperately! I am still using the first straw I purchased over two years ago and have hundreds of litres of life left in my straw!
The straw is BPA free, and will block water flow once the filter is no longer useful, which gives you peace of mind that each time you use your straw it will always be filtered water. Lifestraw blocks all types of waterborne bacteria including E.Coli and is trusted and distributed globally for humanitarian aid in third world countries!