Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System (SP128)

Sawyer Squeeze & Sawyer Mini - photo credit Brian Green.
Sawyer Squeeze & Sawyer Mini
photo credit @Brian Green (thanks!)

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.

Sawyer Mini - arriving fall of 2013
Sawyer Mini – arriving fall of 2013

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:

Sawyer Mini - 39.32 grams / 1.38 ounces
Sawyer Mini – 39.32 grams / 1.38 ounces
Sawyer Mini (without label or cap) - 37.77 grams / 1.33 ounces
Sawyer Mini (without label or cap) – 37.77 grams / 1.33 ounces
Sawyer Mini Cap - 1.19 grams / 0.041 ounces
Sawyer Mini Cap – 1.19 grams / 0.041 ounces
Sawyer Mini Cleaning Plunger - 32.44 grams / 1.14 ounces
Sawyer Mini Cleaning Plunger – 32.44 grams / 1.14 ounces
Sawyer Mini 16oz bag - 21.48 grams / 0.75 ounces
Sawyer Mini 16oz bag – 21.48 grams / 0.75 ounces
Sawyer Mini Straw - 6.24 grams / 0.22 ounces
Sawyer Mini Straw – 6.24 grams / 0.22 ounces



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:

Will Rietveld –

Erin “Wired” Saver –

CoolBreeze –

SticksBlog –

MossWalks –


Where To Buy:

Here are just a few of the places you can purchase the new Sawyer Mini at:

Amazon –

Mountain Laurel Designs –

GossamerGear –

ZPacks –

Sawyer (direct) –

TrailDesigns –

ProLiteGear –

MiniBullDesign –



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.

August 07, 2013 — Added photograph of Squeeze & Mini side by side taken by Brian Green @briangreen while at the summer OR show. Thank you for allowing me the usage to include it within this article!

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.


Thank you,
+John Abela

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 AmericaBlack Rock Gear, Suluk46 – and that I bought this product with my own money.

28 thoughts on “Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System (SP128)

  1. John- I actually held a mini in my hand last week. I did not have access to scales at the time, the rep said 2-ish oz and about $10 less than the Squeeze.

    1. Sweet to hear. Was it actually smaller in length and diameter than the existing Squeeze? It kind of looks like it is from the photograph. Ten bucks less huh. Wonder if that will include a single bag.

      1. I looked to be smaller in diameter and a little shorter in length, wish I had a Squeeze to compare side by side. We’ll know for sure this fall.

  2. It can also be used as a straw to drink straight from a receptacle or water source, as shown in the photo. I actually ordered 48 of them online the other day only to be called by Sawyer to say they won’t be available until Oct. dang. Sawyer will be at the OR and you can pre-order a Mini there for only $10. I think they will list for around $25.

    1. Hey Hilary,

      >>> as a straw

      Yeah, I consider that to be “in-line” as mentioned in the article.

      >>> they won’t be available until Oct

      woot, thanks for the insight!

      Were you able to secure any hard specs on weight?

      >>> they will list for around $25

      MSRP of $25 bucks is pretty sweet – especially given it is a 0.1 Absolute filter!! That will go a long way to blowing the rest of the filter industry out of the market.

      Thanks for the info!

  3. well, actually the flyer I got in the mail says: Ultra LIght-Only 2 ounces.
    Also this one comes with a capacity: up to 100,000 gallons. Not bad for 25 bucks, eh?

    1. Yeah, the MINI will make the LifeStraw & Aquamire Frontier Straw look like a joke – and while the MINI will still be twice the weight as the Aquamire Frontier Straw… that thing is only 0.2 micron compared to the 0.1 Absolute of the MINI. No comparing the two anymore… the Sawyer MINI will blow the Frontier and Lifestraw out of every compariance anybody attempts to do!!

      (giggle) 100,000 gallon limit… so now it will only have a half-a-lifetime guarantee… oh, no… what in the world are we ever going to do… (lolol/giggle) (that is still twice as much as the lifestraw… and what… 30,000 or something of the frontier straw hahahah)

  4. The new Mini is clearly the updated version of our beloved Squeeze taking into account a lot of end-user feedback. Like you I’ve been trawling the web for any information I can find about it, you posts here is probably the most comprehensive anywhere – thanks for that :)

    I’ve reached out to Sawyer to see if I can get more information, no word yet. We may have to wait until October for orders, but the upcoming OR show and all those bloggers are going to be posting information about this little beauty well before that.

    I bet the Mini has other filter manufacturers quite concerned.

    1. Hey Brian,

      Thanks for stopping by!!

      Yeah, totally agree, when the MINI does hit the market, and if it meets the needs/desires we have been after, the rest of the industry is going to be in a world of hurt. All of the local hiking stores around me have become inundated with requests for the Sawyer and have now brought them into their stores over the last three or four months.

      I had hoped to make it to this years Summer OR but I was out on the trail when it was time to submit applications for media/bloggers access, and missed out. You going this year??

      If you hear anything new regarding the MINI please drop me a message!

  5. I just heard about this filter and have one coming next week. I’m going to test it out in the next couple of weeks and hope to review it on my website towards the end of October. I really liked the squeeze filter and am looking forward to this one. If it works, it seems like it could become THE filter for everyone to carry. Group filters will be a thing of the past if this works at $20.

    1. Bryan, check your order receipt, Sawyer have told me its not available until October, a couple of other people have reported the same. I paid for mine on eBay a couple of months ago, still waiting…

      1. I have received word from a number of folks saying a Sawyer Rep contacted them and are sending out samples. I have not received such a contact, but I have heard at least 5 or 6 others saying they have.

    2. I was told last week by Sawyer that they are still waiting on a part and hope to ship late this week. I am not holding my breath. It may take longer. I am betting that this will be a very popular addition to Sawyer’s Squeeze collection. (I ordered 500 for their initial promotion.) It will be listed at 24.95 and I think it should be well worth it.

      1. Thanks for the insights guys. At the moment this article is listed at the #3 slot on google and the #2 slot on bing and yahoo for the search term “Sawyer MINI” and a good 1/3rd of my daily traffic is about this filter. Any further insights you guys get and can share, I am sure will help out those visiting this article for information on this filter.

  6. I received mine today. It weighed in at 1.17 oz dry. Overall I like it except that they removed the threads from the output end. I am a Tornado Tube user. If output end was the same as input end, female threads and inline tip, would have been fantastic!

    1. Woot, sweet to hear you got yours. Hoping mine will be here middle of this week.

      Interesting to hear about the removal of the threads. I had not noticed that from the photos. I suppose it makes sense as Sawyer really seems to be pushing the Mini as a “straw” or “in-line” filter.

  7. Anyone know if the sawyer mini is compatible with the sawyer fast fill adapter kit? Or a way to attach/reattach the mini to a drinking hose quickly, so you can fill your bladder without taking it out?

    I know a lot of people are simply going to cut the drinking hose, and keep the mini between the two end pieces… so they can drink dirty water directly…. but that’s not something I want to do.

  8. I prefer to use my squeeze instead of the mini because it takes way less time to filter the water. In addition you don’t need to backflash it as often as the mini. That both safes a lot of time and therefore I am happy to spend the extra grams on the squeeze.

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