Vapur Element Soft Bottle & Microfilter review

10Sep15
Vapur Element Bottle & Microfilter

Vapur Element Bottle & Microfilter

Today’s review is easy: this filter & bottle combination rocks.

Let me explain. Vapur nailed it with the Element Bottle and Microfilter combination. Forget other water filtration systems that have hoses, pumps or more than two components. This is one of the easiest and most foolproof systems I have used.

Starting with the Element bottle, I was impressed right off the bat. The soft plastic bottle is super light at 1.2oz. And being soft, it is a cinch to store when empty… just remove the filter, wrap it up and secure it with the pour top and carabiner. It practically (and sometimes literally) disappears in my pack. The Element comes in .7 and 1-liter sizes and is a steal for $14. The only downside I could find during my #EpicDangerRoadTrip testing and hiking adventure was that filling the bottle is much easier with a source of running water. Waterfalls and moving creeks worked best. With the soft sides and 1.5″ opening, it just could not fill from a flatwater source without a lot of help.

Moving on to the Microfilter, Vapur made the filtration end of hydration incredibly easy. Simply insert the filter in any one of the Element bottles full of untreated water and squeeze. No, seriously, that’s it. The hollow-fiber tube construction uses no chemicals, weighs 1.5oz. and filters out all the nasty bugs (specifically 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (such as Salmonella, Cholera and E. coli) and 99.9% of protozoa (including Cryptosporidium and Giardia)) that can ruin any outdoor adventure. Each filter has a lifespan of hundreds of liters, so you’ll be set for long time. On our hiking road trip in June, Stuart and I were making our way up Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina and stopped at one of the creeks a couple of miles from the summit. Another group was there filtering with a hose & pump system. By the time they had their unraveled and started filling their Nalgene, I had already run two liters through the Vapur filter and filled the Element bottle with another liter to save and filter for dinner. Total time was less than five minutes. The Microfilter retails for $34, and is worth it’s scant weight in gold.

This bottle and filter combination will be in my pack for every adventure.

Full Disclosure: I was provided the Vapur system through Verde Communications for testing purposes. I was not compensated in any other form, and my opinions/thoughts/praise are all my own.

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