HydroBlu Versa Flow Review

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  1. There is a huge difference in the filter rate compared to the mini though:

    "The MINI removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera, leptospirosis, and E.coli; removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium"

  2. Kelli Rustin says:

    Just received it yesterday!
    From Amazon on your recommendation.
    We'll be using it in the higher altitudes so, not as concerned about bacteria/viruses. We take a streripen and filter in lower elevations.
    I'll let you know if we have any issues ūü§ó

  3. I used to have a sawyer but now use a MSR trailshot. Like it because you take water direct from source rather than trying to use a cup and fill your water container in shallow water.

    Any thoughts on the trailshot?

  4. nagendra says:

    Is this compatible with the Sawyer pouch?

  5. Danny G says:

    I used the Sawyer Mini while on the JMT last year and the flow rate was painfully slow. This HydroBlu seems to have a bit of a faster flow to it, based on the video.

  6. Darwin, what cap are you waring??

  7. I really think membrane is pretty much the future of portable water filtration. .1 micron beats ceramic filters, plus membrane filters are lighter, smaller, easier to maintain, and much cheaper. I can't think of a way ceramic wins. Thanks for reviewing another option in this department!

  8. fbnc11 says:

    Great review, appreciate it. Definitely going to get one. The weight and flow rate sold me!

  9. the one issue with many of these filters is they are not tested no the QC maintained. This looks to much like a Sawyer mini.

  10. hokulea96 says:

    So what water bottle works best with this filter?

  11. Darwin, since you've employed both the Hydro-Blu and Sawyer Squeeze in the field, how does the flow rate compare between the two. Which may be a slightly unfair comparison, but I'm between the two options. Thanks!

  12. Ch He says:

    Wow, same size and weight as Sawyer mini but better flow rate! Sounds too good to be true.

  13. I just want to make sure I have this straight. Fill up the water bottle with dirty water. Screw on the filter. Drink. Drink it all. Flush the filter. And keep a few bottles of "dirty" water in your pack for when you need more water. Is it really that simple? Thanks!

  14. Mike Gardner says:

    Good review. For what it's worth. Sawyer made in the USA, Hydroblu in China. Positioned in between the Mini and the Squeeze performance wise. We have gear from all over the world in our packs so I'm not anti. As the saying goes HYOH

  15. thomas laas says:

    are there any backpacker filters that do filter chemicals and viruses?

  16. MysterPynk says:

    The rubber cap helps with backflushing. Move it to the other side and press-fit your waterbottle against it and squeeze clean water in the opposite direction. Eliminates the syringe of the other brand which is very sweet. After seeing that, I will make some rubber grommets for my "other brand" so I can ditch the syringe. Ingenious.

  17. I don't know this filter. However, there is something about the Sawyer mini that I realized after using it on the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way in Scotland. The flow rate of the Sawyer mini is very low as long as there is some air in the system. As soon as you force the air out of the system (e.g. by pressing a bit of the already filtered water back through the filter when using it as a gravity filter), the filter speed increases a lot. When filled with air, I nearly can't drink any water directly through the filter, after the air is removed, it works much better.

  18. banshee107 says:

    LIke most things you review, I purchase them after I see your vids. I've been super happy with my Sawyer mini/ gravity filter setup and looking forward to replacing it with this HydroBlu filter.

  19. The sawyer mini is the same price but is made in the USA. Plus it comes with a bag, straw, & syringe

  20. Hey Darwin. I have a 2 part question…. #1 I was curious as to how this would stack up to the HydroBlu Sidekick 3-Stage Straw Water Filter, I realize a big difference in terms of Litres it can filter… But pretty much they would both filter out the same elements? bacteria, such as Giardia, E coli, cryptosporidium, and more
    Removes chemicals such as chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, gasoline, and diesel
    Removes heavy metals such as lead, iron, cadmium, nickel, chromium, and zinc…
    .( I have 2 sawyer mini's already and 2 Aquamira Frontier straws And Aquamira Water tabs, I like having options for clean drinking water… I'm a prepper) #2 I live Above the 60th parallel in Yellowknife, And some of our lakes have traces of Arsenic (Some are higher than others) Old gold mines the gift that keeps on giving….Do you know of any filter(personal) or advice on how to combat this issue? Thanks in advance and apologies for the long rant

  21. made in China well makes me wonder

  22. HydroBlu says:

    Thanks Darwin for the awesome review! Excellent review!

  23. Lyfan Deth says:

    DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER! They do not ssy it is 0.1 micron absolute, so either they don't know what standards are, or it is only 0.1 nominal, which does not filter as well. Likewise they say it meete EPA standards but they don't ssy which standards. And the EPA standards are the poorest ones for purifying water. Be careful, Darwin. This sounds like "two guys in china basement" they are NOT making any specific claims for quality at all. If the profuct is good, they need to say all that in plain specific words.

  24. Rishi M says:

    Hi, do you know if a Platypus will thread onto this?

  25. According to their site it filters salmonella which is a virus if I'm not mistaken. Either way the fact it stops e.coli and chollera is still very nice along with stopping cryptosporidium that gets around city filters in some cases.

  26. Darwin, after watching your review several months ago, I bought this filter in favor of leaving my heavier (and more costly) Katadyn Pump Filter at home. I use a 1.5L Evernew dirty bag with it filtering into Smart Water bottles. I have probably squeezed 25 liters of Creek / spring box / hose water through it, with no complaints! A great buy, for a great filter!
    ~Woodglue

  27. mike franks says:

    so bascially a little better than the sawyer mini? Its basically another sawyer mini in almost every way…

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