I’m always on the lookout for new water filtration systems. We’ve tried it all: gravity-based bladders, LifeStraws, squeeze filters, the whole nine yards.
Different systems work best for different activities, and while I like the size and shape of my LifeStraw Go when I’m traveling abroad, the new Platypus Meta + Microfilter is a winner for hiking and backpacking.
When we backpack, we still bring a filtration system for the group: Platypus’ GravityWorks is my favorite. But while hiking, it’s really convenient to have a personal filter for each person, so everyone can scoop up lake or stream water on the fly and drink without having to stop to pump or filter. The Meta works perfectly in this capacity.
The Meta is a one liter sized soft-walled bottle, weighing in at 8.5 ounces. It’s easy to use: the micro filter combines a personal water bottle with a backcountry-ready water filter.
You don’t have to suck really hard to get the water out (with some personal filters, this is the case), and the filter is easy to take apart to clean and put back together.
It will filter two liters per minute, and has a lifetime of 1,000 liters. There are no tools needed to clean or insert the filter, and it’s easy to make sure the filter is working properly. The cap opens with a half turn, and in our experience, has been leak-proof. It should be noted that some consumers have found the cap leaks. We have not experienced this.
To clean the Meta, just unscrew the bottle halves and rinse or wash. The Meta is a wide bottle, making it easy to get in there to clean. Do not put it in the dishwasher; clean by hand only.
Because the sides are soft rubber, you can fold the Meta down for packing, bringing it to about half-size, which is convenient. It’s BPA-free, of course, and the cap loop is convenient for attaching the Meta to a backpack.
The Meta is on REI, it’s at Amazon, and pretty much everywhere else on the internet. It sells for around $25 in several colors for the version without the filter in it, and $49 for the bottle/filter combination.