September 24, 2012

Review: SteriPen

Safe drinking water is key to all outdoor adventures. Bacteria, giardia, salmonella, viruses and other microorganisms can be a concern when collecting drinking water from natural sources. SteriPen, a Maine-based company, offers the lightest, fastest and most simplistic way to ensure healthful hydration. 90 seconds of stirring sterilizes with ultraviolet light. Check out the new Adventurer model for your next excursion.

            1. Collect your water
            2. Turn SteriPen on, insert into Nalgene, stir
            3. Drink and continue exploring!

Padded case with belt loop. Convenient and within hand's reach.

The unit provides ultraviolet light to kill the harmful "critters" that cause sickness and quickly ruin a camping/canoeing trip. 

Cold and refreshing water from the shore of a remote Maine lake.

90 seconds later we have 1 Liter of treated water.

After a long day of canoeing under the the energy-draining sun, a cold (and safe) drink of water is the only thing to quench my thirst. All that's left to do is kick back by a fire, put your feet up and relax. Enjoy!

Editor's Note: I also own a water filtration system, but when space and weight are concerns on trips, this unit is less bulky and fits the bill! Thanks to the good folks over at SteriPen for sending out this product for review. As always, you wouldn't see it here unless it passes the tests of me and my outdoor friends. 


Rabid Outdoorsman said...

That is a pretty cool gizmo. I would prefer it over the filters. I however am a curmudgeon and still use the good old tablets. Impossible for those to fail despite the most miserable conditions. What is your back-up to the pen?

Rhon Bell said...

The Katadyn Hiker water filter. I've had it for years and it's never caused any issues. What do you use?


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