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Lifestraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Water Bottle with Filter review: a lightweight and convenient hydration solution

This all-in-one water bottle and filter takes all the head scratching out of purifying water in the wild and lets you get on with your hiking adventure

Lifestraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Water Bottle with Filter on a rock
(Image: © Julia Clarke)

Our Verdict

This lightweight and easy-to-use water bottle and filter combo takes all the hassle out of sourcing safe drinking water in the wild during fast and light adventures

For

  • Easy to use
  • Soft bottle compresses as you drink
  • Two different drinking options
  • Sleek design fits easily into backpack pockets
  • Excellent quality

Against

  • Slight plastic taste during first use
  • Water will spill if lid isn’t screwed on

Lifestraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Water Bottle with Filter: first impressions

Whether you’re day hiking, thru-hiking or trail running, if you don't want to keep stopping for 20 minutes to purify water or you’re just looking for a space-saving solution in your backpack, this water bottle and filter combo provides the answer you’ve been looking for. The Lifestraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Water Bottle with Filter comprises a soft water bottle with a lifestraw membrane microfilter that inserts into the bottle with a drinking spout. 

Specifications

• List price: $37.95
• Dimensions: 4.7 x 12.1 in / 12 x 30.8 cm
• Weight: 3.9 oz / 110 g
• Materials: BPA Free plastic 
• Lid type: Screw-on
• Colors: Black
Compatibility: Hiking, camping, trail running

When you’re ready for a refill, you can unscrew the top, fill the bottle with water from a stream or lake, then drink directly through the filter and avoid bacteria, parasites, microplastics, silt and sand. You can also remove the filter from the bottle and drink directly from a stream, using the filter like a straw, or carry extra bottles and squeeze the water into them. The lightweight, sleek, cylindrical soft bottle design compresses as you drink and easily packs into your backpack pockets. Make sure you follow the instructions for regular maintenance of the filter to prolong the life of this high quality hydration system.

Lifestraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Water Bottle with Filter: in the field

Lifestraw Peak Series Collapsible Squeeze 1L Water Bottle with Filter

This combo really takes all the work and worry out of purifying water in the wild (Image credit: Julia Clarke)

I’m thrilled to have finally got my hands on one of these water bottles with built-in filters. Over the years I’ve gone from slowly pumping water into my stainless steel water bottle to a much faster squeeze filter plus soft bottle set up, but this combo really takes all the work and worry out of purifying water in the wild. Now I can just throw this bottle in my backpack and know that stopping to purify water only takes as long as it takes to fill a water bottle.

I have used this on every hike for the last few weeks and I’m loving the convenience factor of just filling and drinking on the go. Plus, the cylindrical shape of the water bottle fits easily into my daypack pockets even when full, which frees up room in my pack, and as with all soft bottles, I love how it compresses as I drink.

Backpack and trekking poles on a hiking trail

The cylindrical shape of the water bottle fits easily into my daypack pockets even when full (Image credit: Julia Clarke)

I can’t honestly say there are any downsides to using this bottle. There was an initial plastic taste but it was gone before I’d finished my first bottle. I had a few newbie mishaps because I didn’t take time to read the instructions. For example, at first I didn’t realize that once the bottle is half empty, I need to raise it up because you can’t suck water through the straw then, but that’s hardly a hardship. I will also say that because I initially had to suck to drink out of it, I was fooled into thinking it wouldn’t leak if I didn’t screw the lid on but that’s my fault for not checking and all I got was a wet passenger seat in my car.

Lifestraw has included a backwash syringe and simple instructions for routine maintenance, but remember that maintenance comes with all water filters and is important for your health. This product is of excellent quality so I have high hopes that it will last a long time.

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.