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Field Tested: Guzzle H2O Stream Water Filter

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Overland Journal’s Winter 2020 Issue.

 

Sustained remote travel typically requires a means of resupplying water stores, with vehicle-based camping, bathing, cooking, and drinking. Why leave that idyllic mountain stream campsite when all you need is a proper volume filter to supply 2-3 gallons per day, per person? Enter Guzzle H2O, a company founded by two professional sailors.

A few things stand out—the first being the durability of the box, a Pelican-style case complete with a lid seal and robust ribbing. All components are visible, including the Flojet pump, UV module, and high-quality, screw-top filter assembly. Quick-connects allow the inlet and outlet hoses to be easily attached, and the push of a button starts the process at 1.1 gallons per minute, powered by the built-in battery. The serviceability of the system also makes owner repair a real possibility.

The filtering process includes a 99.99 percent LED UV pass that kills bacteria, protozoa, and viruses. Then, the carbon block filter removes solids, microplastics, VOCs, and heavy metals. The pump is noticeably quick and pulled a draft from several feet. There are two lengths of outlet hose provided, and hoses are clearly identified to limit cross-contamination. The battery did come unstuck from the side of the case, easily fixed with a mounting bracket or strap (adhesive has since been improved based on our feedback). Some may find the price a bit steep, but it reflects the quality of the filter and components.

 

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Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar travels include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. He lives in Prescott, Arizona IG: @scott.a.brady Twitter: @scott_brady