Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System (SP128)
Sawyer, the company behind the Squeeze water filter (see my initial review, second review, third review of the Squeeze) have announced they will be releasing a new version of their 0.1 Absolute Micron filter sometime in the 2013 Fall season (Sunday, September 22 through Friday, December 20). Note: It was officially released the fourth week of September 2013.
It will be called the “Sawyer MINI Filter”
It will be within the 2 ounce range. They are not providing much further detail on the weight and what that stated weight includes (caps, label, etc). As it is, the existing Sawyer Squeeze Filter is 63.25 grams (2.231 ounces) without the cap or label, so what exact weight they have reached by doing away with the heavy plastic around the entire unit is totally unknown at this point. We would really have to hope that they have not made it heavier by adding all of the little new stuff to it. It appears they have molded what is presently the “adapter kit” right onto the ends of the filter. IF Sawyer has actually made the MINI heavier by doing this, that is just going to be… well, disappointing. Hopefully they will be at the Outdoor Retailer (summer) next week and somebody there can squeeze out some more information about this (ok, that was a really bad pun, sorry).
Their website announcement also indicates the MINI can be:
Attached to Sawyer Squeeze Pouches (which the Squeeze can do)
Used inline (which for the Squeeze requires the in-line adapter kit)
Attached to bottled water (which the Squeeze can do)
They also indicate it will use the ‘same 0.1 absolute micron hollow fiber membrane filter used in other Sawyer filters‘. I will continue to only promote Zero.Point.One Absolute Micron filters for hikers around the world. Read this and this article for the differences between absolute and nominal filters and this article from the CDC on why 0.1 absolute is important.
With the present Sawyer Squeeze at 63 grams, Sawyer is going to be hard pressed to get another 50 bucks (or even 30 bucks, no idea where it will be priced at) or so out of me unless they are able to get the MINI at a sub 2 ounce range – if we can remove stuff from it to get the listed weight down – like we did with the squeeze by removing the cap/label to reduce weight. Otherwise, it seems to me like the Squeeze would just be the logical filter to keep using, unless you enjoy just throwing money away (or have not yet bought a sawyer filter.)
I have had a few people drop me messages about the MINI (thank you!) but I have not been at home to do a write-up about it. I have not yet had an email about the MINI from my sawyer contact, and I have not yet dropped them an email about it, but I will keep all of you who follow HikeLighter updated as I get further details. I will not be at the Summer OR (bummer) because I will be out on the trail, so hopefully some other folks going there will get info, if Sawyer is even going to be there. Stay tuned for updates!
Sawyer Mini Weights:
Here are weights from the official HikeLighter scale:
Here are some videos of folks who have gotten their hands on the Saywer Mini. Please Contact me if you have done up a video review of this filter and want me to consider adding your video.
What Others Are Saying:
Here are what a few other hikers have had to say about the Sawyer Mini:
Erin “Wired” Saver – http://www.walkingwithwired.com/2013/10/comparing-new-sawyer-mini-water-filter.html
Where To Buy:
Here are just a few of the places you can purchase the new Sawyer Mini at:
Amazon – amzn.to/1jJFe2j
Mountain Laurel Designs – http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com/shop/product_info.php?cPath=40&products_id=206
Sawyer (direct) – https://www.sawyersafetravel2.com/product_info.php?products_id=144
ProLiteGear – http://www.prolitegear.com/sawyer-mini-filter.html
September 26, 2013 – Added a couple more places to buy the filter and added the ‘Other Reviews’ section to the article.
September 25, 2013 – Added photographs of the weight of the filter and other parts. Minor changes to the article to reflect known product information.
September 17, 2013 – I am very happy to announce that I have been provided the following information from Sawyer regarding weights and performance. Please remember that these weights are from pre-release samples, and may not reflect the actual true weight of the units once they reach your front door – but I think it is safe to think these are going to be pretty accurate!
Straw = 6.23 grams / 0.22 ounces
16oz Pouch = 19.84 grams / 0.70 ounces
Plunger = 32.60 grams / 1.15 ounces
Mini Filter = 39.12 grams / 1.38 ounces (oh yeah!!)
Filter + Straw = 45.35 grams / 1.60 ounces
Filter + 16oz Pouch = 58.96 grams / 2.08 ounces
All Components = 98.08 grams / 3.46 ounces
It takes about 45 seconds to filter 1 liter of water through the Sawyer Mini.
July 26, 2013 — I have received confirmation that the Mini will have a backwash syringe and will be backwashed the same way as the Squeeze (SP131). The MSRP is projected to be $25 USD and the ETA is October of 2013 for the USA.
August 05, 2013 — Added to additional images provided by SawyerProducts.
In accordance of USA Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255: I hereby declare that as of the day of publication of this article I am a sponsored hiker of Montbell America, Black Rock Gear, Suluk46 – and that I bought this product with my own money.