Have you ever been out on a trail run or on a hike and run out of water? I have and it was terrible. I had a long way back to the car and I didn’t want to drink from a questionable stream. The water looked clean, but you never know what could be lurking in that water. I have seen tons of water filtration devices on the market, but many of them are either not portable, weigh a lot, or require special lights/batteries to work. There is a new water filtration device that not only filters water, but purifies it as well. Meet the Grayl Ultralight Purifier + Filter Bottle.
The Grayl Ultralight bottle is currently part of a Kickstarter campaign that will be running until March 4th. Grayl was founded by Nancie Weston in 2012 and is based out of Seattle, Washington. Nancie was concerned about plastic pollution and the poor quality and taste of water that she experienced when traveling. She wanted to create a personal water filtration system that actually worked, was easy to use, and could be taken wherever her travels might take her.
The first two products that were produced by Grayl were the Quest and Legend purifiers. While they are both great products, Grayl wanted to make a more streamlined product for adventure enthusiasts that want the filtration capabilities without the extra weight. “We stripped away every unnecessary ounce and element. So all that’s left is the perfect tool” says Travis Merrigan, the companies COO and co-founder.
The Ultralight is not designed to replace your Camelbak. You would want to still have something to carry your water. This also isn’t going to be something you take on your 5k or half marathons. The Ultralight is great for long trail runs or hiking where you want to refill your hydration pack on the go. You could even fill up hydration packs for all of your buddies, if you feel like they deserve it.
The Ultralight would also be ideal for camping, traveling, or even in your disaster preparation kit. Just imagine going to Mexico or some other destination where the water isn’t safe to drink out of the tap. The Ultralight could make the difference between enjoying your vacation and spending days in bed or on the toilet. With just one press of the Ultralight, you remove 99.999% of viruses, bacteria, and protozoan cysts. It also filters particulates, chemicals like chlorine and benzene, and heavy metals including lead and arsenic. With several major cities having problems with their drinking water, this could really be beneficial.
The Ultralight is so simple product to use that anyone can use it. You just fill up the bottle with water (to the line), insert the inner press, and push down. You have clean, purified water in less than 15 seconds. How awesome is that.
Very lightweight at only 10.9 ounces
One cartridge replaces 300 single-use water bottles (great for the environment)
Great price, starting at $49
Can be used for travel, sports, or during natural disasters
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The only way to get your Grayl Ultralight bottle at this time is through their Kickstarter campaign that is currently running through March 4th. A Kickstarter pledge of $49 or more gets you the Ultralight bottle (Estimated retail price is over $60 + taxes and shipping) or for $69 or more will get you the Ultralight bottle and a replacement filter (Estimated retail price is over $85 + taxes and shipping). The estimated delivery for the Ultralight is in June 2016. You can purchase the Quest or Legend at the Grayl website if you just can’t wait that long, although it isn’t quite as light as the Ultralight. I have been in situations where the Grayl Ultralight would have really come in handy. If you like to trail run, hike, or travel, give the Ultralight a try. I love mine and I am sure you will too.
Note: I received this product in exchange for a review. The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it. I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.