Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gear Review & GIVEAWAY: Lifestraw Go Portable Water Bottle – Built-In Filter for Safe, Easy Water. Xmas Gift Gear.

Using the Lifestraw Go Portable Water Bottle on the Snake River in Idaho.


Hot off of the production lines. Guys, this is BRAND NEW. This new water bottle incorporates the technology of Lifestraw’s personal water filter, but now in a to-go water bottle.

We were lucky enough to take these bottles for a test drive on our #HellHikeAndRaft trip, backpacking through the Seven Devils of Idaho and whitewater rafting down the Snake River. I brought it home and continue to put it through its paces, constantly throwing it into my backpack for Bay Area, California exploration. 

How it Works:
Fill: Literally fill the bottle with any sort of water from lake, stream, pond – even mucky water. Screw on the top that has the filter attached.
Drink: Tip & suck on mouthpiece. Water flows from the bottle, through the filter, purified now, into your thirsty mouth.
Clean: After each drinking session, unscrew lid and BLOW through the mouthpiece to expel dirty water.

flip-top bite valve
water filter

dip, fill, close, drink

Specifications You Want to Know:
Weight: 5.9 oz. Length: 9.25” Holds: .65 liters liquid
Filters up to 1,000 liters of water to .2 microns.
Advanced hollow fiber membrane technology.
Removes 99.9999% waterborne bacteria – E. Coli, Salmonella.
Removes 99.9% waterborne protozoa – Giardia, Cryptosporidium.
BPA free.
Flip-top bite valve. Carabineer included.
No electricity or batteries needed for purification.

Lifestraw Gos attached to Teton Sports Backpacks in the Seven Devils Wilderness, Idaho
-No hassle. We were surprised at how convenient it was to have the filter built into the water bottle. We literally dipped the bottle into any body of water at all moments of our trip and were rewarded with fresh, easy, SAFE water.
-No strange aftertaste. Finally, I can dip this bottle into a mountain stream and drink refreshing, ice-cold, high country water like the old days of drinking straight from the stream. All I taste is crisp, delicious, nature-made water. Not weirdly treated liquid.
-Now portable. Lifestraw technology is now in a water bottle which I can easily drink from and bring with me anywhere. Yes.

-This is not 100% water tight. I took it on a trail run and the stress of the jerking around did end up with a small amount of water coming out of the sealed mouthpiece. Though I do realize that this is not what this bottle was intended for.
-I rather easily mangled the carabineer trying to attach the bottle to a line on the paddle boat on the Snake River. One carabineer down…
-Doesn’t carry a ton of water.

I really do bring the Lifestraw Go with me for very expedition, just in case. Looking towards the Marin Headlands, California.

Final Feedback:
This technology was originally designed as an emergency response tool for natural disasters. How smart to now bring it to the adventure market so we can have safe, reliable, easy access to potable water, too.

I’m a fan. Of this Lifestraw Go and of the company in general. Every single Lifestraw product we buy is matched with Lifestraw providing ONE FULL SCHOOL YEAR of safe drinking water for a school child in a developing country.


That’s a water bottle worth owning. Feel good, taste good, hydrate safely.

Cost and Where Can We Find It?
@ $30 (sale price) - $35 at many outdoor retailers.

Cheers! -Outdoorsy Mama

ENTER HERE TO WIN A "LIFESTRAW GO" WATER BOTTLE - Enter using easy Rafflecopter form below 

a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: Lifestraw by Vestergaard was a sponsor of HellHikeAndRaft2014 and provided product for gear testing and giveaway. All opinions are my own and reviews are at my own discretion. Teton Sports was also a sponsor and provided gear for testing.

Giveaway is open to US Residents only and sorry can't ship to PO Boxes. Giveaway starts on November 19 12am EST and ends November 26 12am EST. The winner of one Lifestraw Go will be announced a few days later. Good luck!

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  1. i like the sound of this bottle for my outdoor activities.

  2. I like the sounds of no aftertaste - sweet.

  3. I think this may be my new dream bottle for hiking!

  4. Is it regifting if I give it as a present?

  5. Fantastic. I have heard of lifestraw and been curious about their products.

    1. really impressed by them. hope you get to enjoy one! -a

  6. Thank you for the review and giveaway. this would be great for boy scout camping. I'd love for my boyz to get more into hiking and camping in locations that aren't just for scout camping...give them an adventure. I find it interesting that you can even use murky water and it'll come out clean...

    1. yes hope your boys find more fun, too, tho impressed they're so into the scouts. it's a good start! cheers rhonda! -a

  7. I've heard of this and would love to give it a try! Would be perfect for long hikes when it's not feasible to carry enough water.

  8. Replies
    1. just bought it for a 12 year old dude -- works for all ages and a little diff than the usual... thx diana!

  9. Water is such an important thing when hiking in any climate and in a survival situation is far more important than food!

  10. Looks like it would be a good back up for my regular filtration system.

    1. exactly, wil. a really easy back up. happy trails!

  11. This sounds like a wonderful item to have along on camping adventures! One less thing to worry over.

    1. so true, eryn! it's totally handy. check that worry off the list ;)

  12. I dig it! I wonder if it'd be good for filtering pond and lake water in Florida?

    1. YES. go for it. it's ready for anything. muck, too. just remember to blow it out to clean the filter afterwards. cheers, justin!

  13. Comment for this because i want this for school project

  14. I guess im commenting again for this

  15. This seems like a definite "Bug-out bag" item to have.

  16. We have a winner! The winner has been contacted via email and will be announced soon - Cheers everyone!