A huge shout out to Jason Silva from CGPR for contacting me and suggesting a review on the new Lifestraw Go water bottle.
So, believe it or not, this was one of the scariest reviews I have ever done. Yes, seriously. My dilemma? I wanted to do a thorough review and really test the unit, but I didn’t want to get sick or die if it didn’t work.
From the Press Release:
LifeStraw®, a global leader in developing innovative filtration and purification products for safe drinking water, is introducing a new LifeStraw Go water bottle on June 1. It utilizes a two-stage filtration process which removes bacteria and protozoa to make microbiologically contaminated water safe to drink, while also reducing organic chemicals, chlorine and bad taste. The new LifeStraw Go bottle comes in five colors to appeal to a variety of user preferences. It’s available at retail locations throughout North America, including REI, and online at www.lifestraw.com. The suggested retail price is $49.95.
LifeStraw Go uses a two-stage filtration process. Stage one is a hollow fiber membrane that removes 99.9999 percent of bacteria (E. coli and salmonella), 99.9 percent of protozoa (Giardia, Cryptosporidium, etc.), and reduces turbidity by filtering particulate matter larger than 0.2 microns. Stage two is an activated carbon capsule that reduces chlorine, organic chemical matter (like herbicides and pesticides), and bad taste. The hollow fiber membrane will filter up to 264 gallons throughout its life, while the carbon capsule will filter 26 gallons. Replacements for both will be available in July.
I really struggled with what would constitute an effective test. I thought about just going out into my yard and getting some dirt and mixing it with water. The thought of pesticide and dog pee wasn’t very appealing however…
Then, my opportunity presented itself! Some fellow members of the local Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation and I were heading up to a ranch in central Arizona one Saturday, in order to discuss some upcoming habitat projects. Maybe I would find a suitable pond or stock tank to get my test water. The first tank we hit had cows standing (i.e. peeing and pooping) in it, and it was the color of a vanilla latte. Honestly, I didn’t have the gumption to try that water. Then we came to a big holding tank with algae and stuff floating on top. Perfect!
I filled up my bottle after prepping it for first use, as per the enclosed instructions. I screwed on the top, took a deep breath and took a sip. Then I took another sip. I was astounded. I fully expected the water to be safe, but I also expected it would taste funky. Honestly, it tasted great. It tasted like bottled water. Only one of my friends was brave enough to try and he agreed – just like bottled water. Amazing. Two days later and I have suffered no apparent ill effects from drinking that water. I’m convinced.
This bottle costs around 50 bucks and it could literally save your life. If you don’t have a filtration system in your pack, I would recommend it. It is better in some ways than a straw-type device because you can bring some with you. The filtering system is a 2-stage process. Stage 1 is a hollow fiber membrane that removes 99.9999% of bacteria (like E. coli). It removes 99.9% of protozoa (like Giardia)
Stage 2 has an active carbon capsule which reduces chlorine. It also reduces bad odor and taste, and reduces organic chemical matter. The filter is good for about 264 gallons of use. You can learn more about the LifeStraw Go here: LifeStraw Go 2 stage filtration
I would absolutely recommend this product!