Having just returned from a trip to the Rubicon Trail via UTV’s, I was reminded how important precious packing space is. We wanted to bring everything, including the kitchen sink, but had to make many sacrifices based on how much gear we could carry in our rigs. Long story short, this tiny MSR Trailshot Water Filter ($50) would have been handy. Heck, not a bad item to put in your bug-out bag or emergency kit for your car.
The MSR Trailshot Water Filter is small enough to fit in your pocket and can filter out 99.9% of bacteria and protozoa. It filters at a rate of about one liter every minute. The MSR Trailshot will last for up to 2,000 liters and allows you to drink directly from standing or slow moving water.
Yes… I just bought 3 of them. Ever been out on the trail, thirsty, and not have any good options? Me neither… but it could happen.