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Platypus GravityWorks Filter

By June 10, 2017Gear Review

Platypus GravityWorks Filter

The Good:

  • Compact design
  • .2 Micron Filter
  • Fill, Hang, Drink
  • Expandable Water Capacity

The Bad:

  • Can be difficult to clean

This was one of our priority pieces of equipment we sought out before setting out on our bicycle tour. Not knowing the distances between “Clean” fresh water sources is something that is a constant concern on a bicycle tour. We knew traveling through the desert southwest would have us covering long distances before reaching the next signs of civilization. Having the 4 Liter capacity of each of the bags allows us to carry plenty of water on our trip, alleviating the worry of not enough capacity.

We put this filter to the test as we traveled down Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. As we peddled from one sketchy water source to the next we were aware that many locals were opting for bottled water or water from reverse osmosis stations, found in most cities. We were aware of ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’ and the gastrointestinal havoc that can be associated with the water south of the border. We were also making the attempt to reduce our dependence on bottled water, because of the high cost and amount of single use plastic involved.

We filtered water straight from the well (el pozo), from sinks, and even from rain catchment. The .2 Micron Gravityworks filter kept us peddling down the road instead of paying homage to the porcelain gods. Occasionally the water would taste slightly saline, but we weren’t worried! This is a compact, reliable, and easy way to filter water. Simply scoop your dirty water into the bag labeled ‘DIRTY’ and allow to hang for approximately 5 mins. and you will have fresh potable water, with no pumping involved!

We highly recommend this water filter for any adventure crew, or as an emergency back up for your family.

Platypus GravityWorks Filter

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