Product Reviews Aquamira Water Bottle with Filter

The folks at Aquamira are fond of saying that “the goal of technology is to preserve life.” This mission statement may be more applicable to their emergency tools and military products than water bottles, but their philosophy is rooted in the fact that they believe people should be able to safely drink water anywhere. And that is good news for cyclists.

Take clean water with you wherever you go

Staying hydrated can be a problem for cyclists; you either need to carry lots of water or make your bottle last the trip. The Aquamira water bottle with filter allows you to drink clean water wherever you are. And the best part is that it doesn’t even need to be full when you leave the house.

Quality and innovation

The 22-ounce Nalgene water bottle is excellent quality, and it has everything you’d expect, including a push-pull valve and flip cap, and it’s sized for most bottle cages. But that’s no different from any other water bottle on the market. The true innovation is the Aquamira microbiological filter.

Fill the bottle from any water source, insert the filter, screw on the lid and drink. The filter removes up to 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria and pathogens, including giardia, cryptosporidium and E. coli, down to 3 microns — and it does it while you drink. If you’re worried that the water may be more contaminated, a couple of Aquamira water treatment drops should do the trick.

The filter itself is made of thick porous plastic, which traps the bacteria. Activated carbon improves the taste and removes any chemicals in the water, leaving you with clean, safe drinking water.

I know what you may be thinking — it’s either expensive or they get you on the filters. Not so. Each filter will treat 190 liters of water (save your fingers — that’s 292 refills), and at a suggested retail price of US$24.95, it’s a steal.

And it leaves you to worry about more important things, like getting in shape for your next big cycling trip … Majorca, anyone?

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