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Raffle: Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System

Sawyer Squueeze Water Filter

Sawyer Squueeze Water Filter

In just a few days, winter hiking season will end and it is time to set our sights on spring hiking, longer days and warmer temperatures. To commemorate the change in season, I am raffling off the updated version of the Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System (click here for the Sawyer Squeeze Review I published last year)

Weighing just 3 ounces, the squeeze water filter screws onto a soft hydration reservoir (included). To filter lake or stream water, fill the hydration reservoir and roll or squeeze it to push water through the filter into a clean container. It’s a great litle system and I used it all last year when I wanted filtered water fast. I plan on using the Squeeze again this year, starting with my coast-to-coast backpacking trip across Scotland, this May.

This year’s updated Squeeze system comes with a single 32 ounce water reservoir and a big plastic syringe for periodically backflushing (cleaning ) the filter. Sawyer says they’ve improved the durability of the included water reservoir, which leaked and failed frequently last year.

To Enter the Raffle

To enter, leave a comment below that answers this question.

If your backpack had a name, what would it be and why?

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Deadline to Enter

The deadline to enter this raffle is Wednesday 3-20-2013 at midnight EST.

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183 Responses to Raffle: Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System

  1. Oscar L March 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    My pack would be called “Simplicity”. My Mariposa Plus- and by design it limited weight capacity – represents my ability to leave everything behind except what is absolutely essential. Every time I put my pack on I know I am leaving the complexity and clutter of daily life behind (at least for the duration of my trek).

  2. Alan Barker March 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    She’s “My Significant Other”. She’s always nearby. She has everything I need and then some! She never complains even when I have put her down. Our relationship is usually light, but becomes hard work when heavy. Finally, I she’s mine now, but I will never know how far I will have to travel to earn her love.

  3. Kevin Riner March 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    My pack would be called Survivor. Because it has kept me alive when a tree about fell on me. It kept me dry when I got caught in a sleet storm and I huddle under it. It kept me warm on cold nights I hugged up to it and acted as a pillow when I leaned against on the exhaustive moments I felt I couldn’t go any further.

    My pack has been my best friend on lonely trips and my enemy on long hikes when it felt too heavy. I’ve cussed it for being a burden and loved it for being a blessing.

    My pack has survived the storms of earth and my own furry when mad enough to throw it down yet it stays with me. Although it’s always on my back I love it like it was carrying me the whole way.

    Thank you Survivor!

  4. Brandon March 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    My pack would be named “C’mon”. It seems like every time I walk by it I hear it saying. “C’mon, just take me out for a little bit…please please please!”

  5. Laurie March 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    I’m new to backpacking… But I’m thinking I would go with Vision. Cause my pack will be part of me in my search of new adventure.

  6. Steve March 19, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    After a few days on the trail we would be named “Stinky”….

  7. Scott Haddon March 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    I’ve had many a backpack over the last few years. From an external Kelty Pack(7.5lbs) to my most current pack from Zpacks Arcblast that weighs under a lb! My pack would be called “relief” from all the weight that has come off my back and has allowed this 49 yr old to double my miles and not be exhausted when the day is over. It has truly been a journey to the lighter side that I am happy to have experienced and My “legs” and “back” say thank you for the RELIEF!

  8. Patrick March 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    My pack would be named “water-loo,” for no reason other than it’s own. Don’t bash want works.

  9. Joe B March 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Uncle Lumpy’s Bag of Tricks.

    1. I am Uncle Lumpy.
    2. I’m a sucker for novel gadgetry.

  10. Dave McNeil March 20, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    Haven’t yet given my old Kelty Tioga a name – perhaps “Bomber”? – but pretty sure it has a name for me: “Beast of Burden”. That’s why I’m looking forward to this summer’s trips using a lighter kit, including my new Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus pack. Ahhhh…. so much lighter. Sure to be easier on this old pack mule.

  11. Dennis N March 20, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    My backpack does not have a name, but if it did I think “Wal-Mart” would be apt. I tend to overpack and have anything I might need, whether I need it or not…

  12. Lee Colten March 20, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    “Comfy” – I use a Gossamer Gear Mariposa and it is extremely comfortable.

  13. Dan March 20, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    “Happy Sun”, which derives from “hapisun”, the Lenape Indian word for pack/backpack (at least as I have been led to believe!) The Lenni Lenape Indians were the original tribe living in the are where I grew up. And who doesn’t want a happy sun (better than a vengeful or sad sun!) shining down while they’re backpacking?

  14. Griffin March 20, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    If my pack had a name, it would be ‘The Squinty Beast’ because my hiking partner/mother’s nickname is ‘Squint’ and mine is ‘Beast’. It would just be appropriate that my backpack would combine them both. My REI pack is a beast because it can comfortably carry everything I need for a week in the woods. :-)
    Hike on!
    Griffin (age 12)

  15. Nathan March 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Chunky Monkey – Cause it’s always too full and always riding my back!

  16. Tom Veatch March 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Pack is called a day pack.

  17. Deu March 20, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Why to give name to thing?I don´t name my car,bike or shoes-names are for living creauters so pack could be … Pack.

  18. Jon March 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    I would name my backpack Sherpa, because I always carry a little too much gear.

  19. Logan March 20, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    “Old Faithful” because its still getting the job done after all those years.

  20. Matt March 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    My pack’s name would be Bedford…since it’s forest colored. :-)

  21. Brad March 20, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    If my backpack had a name it would be “Hev E. Liftun” and with a lighter water filter I could change it to “E. See-er Liftun!” I have always carried more than I need thinking that it would be better to have something I needed than not. Your blog has been very helpful for me and my son as we have tried to trim our pack weight. Thanks!

  22. VegasChick March 21, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    My Granite Gear Blaze 60 is named “Spartacus”.
    Once on my back, I am a gladiator ready to go into nature. I find an inner strength much over-looked in everyday life.

  23. Erik March 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm #


    It feels like it isn’t there :)

    Gossimer gear kumo

  24. Just Your Average Hiker March 22, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Frank – as in Frankenstein. It is an REI Talus 50. I’ve modified the heck out of it, and it just cannot die (thankfully!). I’ve replaced buckles on it, modified the ski/carry loops, rubberized the bottom, made it hydration compatible including a bladder hang loop, swapped out the chest strap buckle with an emergency whistle buckle, and while not a major modification, have 3 external strap on accessory packs I use on it. I am also in the early process of adding additional daisy chains along the top and sides of the pack as well for extra lashing points for gear. Specifically, locating the materials at this point :)

    While I’ve blogged about a few of these features, I am in-process of writing a good full customization post on it soon.

  25. Jan March 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    My backpacks name is Lonesome aka My Backpack That’s Never Going Hiking Pack as I refer to her when pretending that I will take her trekking one day. (She was aptly named GoLite Quest at birth; she didn’t realize how lite she would always be.) She is so named because she justs hangs lonely in the closet never going anywhere. She has wanted to hit the trails for years and doesn’t understand that her owner is a past middle aged woman that may never actually put her on the long trails she longs to explore.Frankly, her owner doesn’t get it either.

    Lonesome is jealous of her closet friend Day because Day gets to go out now and then and comes home smelling of real and earthy scents not the manmade and contrived scents of the closet.

    Lonseome calls my name sometimes and asks to be taken out of her cotton covering. When I hear her, I let her out, examine the few things she keeps near such as her camp towel and poncho. Sometimes she even goes outside to the mailbox with extraneous items stuffed inside so she can plump up with pride.

    Mostly though, she just hangs there beautifully green and Lonesome.

    P.S. She does have company in the closet with the soft and squishy Miss Lonely Bag .

  26. Duke March 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    My wife named my pack “C’mon Baby.” I used a new pack during our week on the west coast of Canada (West Coast Trail = AWESOME). It was wet and wet! I guess every time I bent over to pick up the soggy pack, I said “C’mon baby!”

  27. Duke March 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    PS. I know I cant win, I just like the thread!

    • Earlylite March 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      I figured that – that’s why I haven’t shut off the comments even though the raffle is over! :-)

  28. Earlylite March 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    The Raffle winner is Dave McNeil from Nevada who does most of his hiking in theSierra Nevadas near Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. Congrats Dave!

  29. John husemoller March 24, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    My backpack would be named Jackson, as in it weighs so much it might as well have a part of a stone wall inside it. Time to look into ultralight hiking gear…