The original LifeStraw was developed as a product that could filter out virtually all of the microbiological contaminants in water for people in developing countries without access to safe water, and emergency settings following natural disasters.  Development began in 1994 with a fiber cloth, with the original LifeStraw introduced in 2005, and the LifeStraw Go in 2014.

Product Details

The LifeStraw Go is BPA free self-filtering water bottle, weighing in at only 5.9 ounces (unfilled), and stores 22 ounces of water.  It uses propriety filtering technology to instantly filter and purify water without the use of iodine or iodinated resin chemicals.  Laboratory testing shows that the filter removes 99.9999% of bacteria and 99.9% of Parasites. (http://lifestraw.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Lifestraw-Evidence-Dossier4.pdf)  The bite-valve easily collapses for secure storage, and easily attaches to a backpack with the equipped carabiner.

Pros & Cons

As the saying goes, ‘good things come in small packages,’ and boy does this little water bottle pack a punch.  The LifeStraw filters at least 1,000 liters of water, with the water flow stopping altogether when the filter reaches the end of its life, preventing the user from ever drinking contaminated water.  At the end of the lifecycle, the filter can easily be replaced – putting the Go back into service.

The only negative of the LifeStraw Go, is the decreased flow rate of the water through the filter as the user draws the water through it.  If you are really thirsty, you won’t be able to get your chug on, but the safety more than makes up for this.

Pro Tip

Clean the filter between each refill by blowing through the straw. This will remove any particulates and keep the filter functioning properly.

Bottom Line

The LifeStraw is a great way of insuring that the water you drink is safe, clean, and pure.  Though the small size of the bottle limits the amount of water you can carry, the ability to refill it in any fresh source of water is unmatched.  This product is a great safety net to have when you are traveling abroad, where you may be unsure of the water quality.  The ability to filter suspect bottled water (refilled/sealed by a dishonest merchant) through it in a pinch could keep you hydrated, safe, and grant peace of mind.

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Will MacKenzie
Will MacKenzie is a History geek who loves to travel the world in the footsteps of those who came before us. Experiential travel is a cornerstone of his being, a way to set his soul free. As he puts it: "experiencing the world, its people, and their cultures is something that leaves me in awe everywhere I go. I have climbed to the peaks of the Andes to see Machu Picchu, delved into the depths of the Great Pyramid of Giza, prayed with Buddhist monks at Angkor Wat, and witnessed the roars of Spider Monkeys as the sun rose over the Mayan pyramids at Tikal. For me, experiential travel is a way of life – delving into another culture, a passion." MacKenzie is an avid SCUBA diver, having dived in 6 countries on 3 continents.