So, I got bored this weekend and needed something to work on. I had been looking at the Sawyer squeeze filtration system. Considering the price tag of nearly $60, I talked myself out of buying one. I kept thinking about it and realized I had enough stuff around the house to make my own; in fact, I think I can make it lighter.
Here is the stat I have to beat:
filter: 3.2 oz (used filter/already saturated)
1 L Soft Platy Bottle
1 Platy Bladder mouth piece
1 Sawyer filter bottle
1 Plastic Soda Bottle cap
First, let me mention the Sawyer water bottle. The Sawyer water bottle comes with the Sawyer filter pictured and actually only weighs right at 2 oz. An even cooler thing about the bottle is that it is only $39 where any of the other filters range from $50-$60.
This is actually a very simple project and really only took about 7 minutes to complete, the majority of that time was to let the glue dry.
To do this, I drilled a hole in the bottle cap allowing the "nipple" on the end to be able to pass through. Using the Loctite epoxy, I sealed the cap to the filter. That's it. The idea is the Platy Bottle screws into the bottle cap. The platy mouthpiece is essentially just used as a cap on the clean in and serves as a stopper for the water flow. Take a look at the finished product.
Well, there you have it. It doesn't look like much, but it works. More importantly, it doesn't leak. I could probably trim the nipple down poking through the bottle cap some which would save some weight, but as it is now, I can still switch it back to an inline configuration if I decide that's what I want to do with it.
So where did I come in on the weight battle?