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Life Straw (Product Review)

A major concern for anyone spending long amounts of time in the wilderness is hauling around enough drinking water to keep you hydrated.   I had experimented with hydration packs on several occasions.  However using these just added another pack for me to carry, and on a long hike that is the last thing you want.  So recently I decided to explore some other options.   I had always heard of Life Straw, but had never used it. In case you have not heard of the Life Straw company, I will give you a little history and explanation of their products.

The Life Straw company was born in 1996, as a way to remove Guinea worm larvae from drinking water.  By 2005 Life Straw had evolved into a water filter capable of removing virtually all of the microbiological contaminants that make water unsafe to drink.  This great product was originally designed to be used in emergency settings, following a natural disaster, and other times when clean water is not available.  By 2011 Life Straw products began being sold in retail stores and became popular among outdoor enthusiasts, who use them on hiking and camping trips. Today Life Straw is used in 64 different countries around the world.

Upon visiting the life straw website, I found they had several different products available for sale.  Instead of choosing just one, I decided to pick out the three that best fit my needs .  The Life Straw Go, the Life Straw Personal, and Life Straw Steel.

On my first trip I hiked through Starved Rock State Park, and Matthiessen State Park Located in Olgesby Illinois.  These parks offer many miles of trail, and feature some extreme elevation changes.  I figured this would help work up quite thirst.  On this trip I packed my Life Straw personal, and my Life Straw Steel.   Both of them did a great job.  They filtered the water well and provided me with an endless supply of drinking water.

Something that needs to be kept in mind when planning to use a Life Straw on a hike, is that in most circumstances you will need to lay down on your stomach to be able to get a drink.  When your talking about survival, this is not a problem,  but on a casual hike you may not want to lay down every time you want to take a drink.  Its reasons like this, that they created the Life Straw Go!
The Life Straw Go is a great product, it incorporates 2 stage water filtration technology into a refillable water bottle.  This way you can refill your bottle at every body of water you come across.  This is not just convenient, but it turns any water source into clean, safe drinking water.  Its also a lot easier to use then the Personal and Steel models.Now I carry both my Steel, and Go, Life Straw products with me when I hike.  They are lightweight and do not take up much space in my pack, and both provide me with good clean drinking water when needed.  I hike and/or camp almost every weekend, and after almost 6 months the products are still doing a great job and have not shown any signs of wear.  Overall I think the Life Straw products would be a great addition to your outdoor gear.  If you have not yet tried any of these products you can find them online at


  1. Been wanting to try this out.

  2. Good information here, been interested in trying Life Straw. Thanks for the info

  3. Gonna have to pick one of these up. Great review. Did they pay you to write this or is this for real?

    • I have never been paid to write a review, I gave my honest assessment of the product. Life Straw is worth checking out, it’s also great to have one around for emergencies.

  4. This sounds like something I need for both hiking, and an emergency kit. Great article!

  5. ronald a. spinabella

    July 20, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Nice post, im ron spinabella, a freelance writer and blogger for various different websites

  6. I will have to pick one of these up for my next backpacking trip.

  7. I just got mine today

  8. Lots of good information, thanks for sharing this review!

  9. Finally got to use mine, thanks for refering.

  10. Always been a fan of life straw during katrina it saved my life. Love your website ben looking for the best locations to hike and this site helps a ton. you need to add a few more locations in missouri, but overall great site

  11. We have one of these in our emergency box great product to have clean drinking water.

  12. Justin@LifeStraw

    August 4, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Mark, Thank you for writing this article! The feedback you gave is also very helpful. From the comments it would also seem that you’re readers have enjoyed it as well. From all of us at LifeStraw Thank you!

  13. Adventure Monthly

    August 6, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Great product review, really enjoy following your page.

  14. I may have to pick one of these up. Thanks for this review.

  15. Howdy I am so thrilled I found your blog page, love hearing about all the local attractions and places to hike, as well as these product reviews. Please do keep up the superb job.

  16. I had never known of these before, I will be ordering 2, one for our emergency box and one for hiking. Thanks for the education!

  17. Hi there, I read your blogs on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is witty, keep it up!

  18. My friend turned me on to this page, I must say I love it. Wish I still lived in Illinois so I could visit some of these places you write about.

  19. Nice product review.

  20. They need to send a few of these to Puerto Rico

  21. I’ve always been a big fan of life straw products. Nice breakdown!

  22. Just think what these could do for people in third world countries. So many live without clean drinking water. Its a shame to just use these for hiking. Why not send over seas and help out those in need?

  23. Great review I need to pick one of these up thaks

  24. Life straw is great, use mine all the time, never carry water anymore. Nice post.

  25. I saw in one of the comments that you said you do give aways. I would love to win one of these, how do I enter the giveaway?

  26. Sounds like a great product but i wonder how much the author was paid to write this. Cant trust anything in this day and age.

  27. Need one of these for our emergency box.

  28. You sure know what you’re talking about. Life straw is a great product.

  29. I just picked one of these up. Finally got to use it last night. Thanks for sharing this review.

  30. I have wanted one of these for a while, my birthday is coming maybe i can send this article to my husband.

  31. really wish you would do more product reviews on this page love learning about new gear nice review here been hiking with one of these for quite some time now

  32. Just ordered one of these for our RV. Hopefully never need it, but it sounded like a great product. Thanks for sharing.

  33. never hike without one

  34. I like the idea of sending these to places that don’t have clean drinking water. Our President needs to buy millions of these and ship them over sea to help those in need,

  35. We use ours everytime we go hiking.

  36. I never hike without one!

  37. Is there any stores I can pick one of these up at? Or is it strictly online!

  38. Good stuff!

  39. Great review

  40. I own one of these

  41. There are even more lifestraw products out now. This article needs an update.

  42. I need to pick one of these babies up.

  43. We used one of these after Katrina, when all the drinking water was flooded. They are a life saver.

  44. We have been using life straw for years. Great products.

  45. How long does the filter last?

  46. Where can I pick one of these up?

  47. I have one of these but always forget to bring it hiking.

  48. Interesting read

  49. never tried one of these i need to look into it thatnks for sharing

  50. a good thing to have

  51. We just started carrying our life straw with us on hikes. Does not do much for the flavor of the water, but it keeps us hydrated and moving. Thanks for the recommendation.

  52. My hubby would want one of these, are they only available online or can I find them in a store somewhere?

  53. Just what I need another piece of hiking gear to carry around. NOT!!!!

  54. Life straw is just a brand like Nike, there are tons of other water filtration brands available.

  55. these are very handy when on a thru hike

  56. We recently took one on these with on a 3 day kayak trip saved us a ton of space from carrying all that drinking water. These are a game changer.

  57. I have had one of these for years, never had to use it, but i always carry it with me.

  58. It would probably be a good idea to pick one of these up.

  59. got one of these for christmas, still have not used it but its better to have and not need then to need and not have

  60. I had one of these a few years ago, not sure where it ended up. Very handy item.

  61. Got my husband one of these for his birthday. Finally got a chance to use it last weekend in Mark Twain National Forest. Great product, thanks!

  62. I need to pick one of these up. We are hiking to havasu falls next year and this could be a life saver!

  63. I had one of these but lost it in the river. Need to pick up another one as they always come in handy.

  64. Are these only available online?

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