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Water Purifier Preview: The Travel Tap

 Travel Tap Water Purifier

I really enjoy having so many backpacking and blogging friends in the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world. Especially, when it comes to staying abreast of the latest innovations in lightweight backpacking and hill walking gear and techniques.

Take water filters and purifiers, for example. It seems like the best product innovations in the past few years have come out of the UK, starting with the introduction of the Aquagear Survivor. That product represented a huge step forward by integrating a prefilter and 2 micron purifier in a bottle based solution and was wildly popular despite leakage problems.

This year, drinkSAFE-Systems replaced the Survivor with The Travel Tap. This product eliminates the leakage problems in the Survivor while still combining a sediment pre-filter and a purifier. Although I haven’t used this system in the field yet, there’s one thing that stands out for me about this product which is the integration of the purifier and the screw on cap. Systems that separate the two components have the potential for cross-contamination, where water leaks past the filter and into the cap area unfiltered if the cap is not securely fastened. Combining the two components into one unit will virtually eliminate the chance of this occurring.

If The Travel Tap sounds like and interesting solution for your hydration needs, I recommend you watch this video review form Trailtesters. It’s quite informative.

If you already own The Travel Tap, how do you like it so far?

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  1. We used one on the Carneddau in North Wales, taking water out of a peaty pool in one instance. The hand held filter I had didnt entirely cleaned the water, there was a slight brown tinge. However the water from the Travel Tap was crystal clear. For water on the go from dodgy sources it's ideal.

  2. That was my impression. I'll have to look around the shops in the Borders this week and see if I can pick one up.

  3. Brilliant bit of gear. I'm not going back to tablets/Steripen/MIOX etc.

  4. It's also available from amazon.co.uk, which works pretty smoothly for us 'yanks'.

  5. Have you ever heard about a product that is like a wand that you put in your water and it purifies it? I saw it at the Winter OR but I can't remember what it is called. I know it is not supper light because it needs batteries. But in some outdoor situations like rafting it could be great.

    Thank you for the heads up on this product. I have a hard time figuring out what water filter system I prefer for a family.

  6. Heidi, I think the thing you're refering to is the steripen. It kills bugs and things but wouldn't remove pollutants like heavy metals or pesticides.

  7. I’ve used this for years now, and in my experience it’s the best option on the market.

    The lab certified filter performance is impressive, covering a much wider range of threats than the market leaders.

    Some of the older bottles had issues. But the current pull top bottle is convenient, has never leaked, filters almost all the water in the bottle without waste, works inverted so you can easily filter cooking water, and works well as a scoop with a loop that you can attach to your pole for reaching down steep banks.

    The flow rate is nothing special, but perfectly workable.

    And it’s proved very reliable, given long life, and protected me from some very sketchy sources.

    There are other filters that give similar performance, but which are significantly heavier of have too many reviews complaining of leaks or failures.

    I’m not aware of any alternative offering the same combination of safety, practicality and reliability.

    Marketed in the UK as the Travel Tap, and in the US as the Seychelle.

    • Oops – I’ve always assumed that the Travel Tap is a rebranded Seychelle, but I’ve just checked with Sechelle and they are saying I’m mistaken – they are different products. This may be just as well, because the Seychelle bottle is still getting a slew of bad reviews on Amazon for the flaws pointed out in the old SectionHiker review.

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