Comparing the Sawyer Mini vs Katadyn BeFree

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Comparing the Sawyer Mini vs Katadyn BeFree

Post by Junglas » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:36 am

He guys, I bought the Sawyer Squeeze water filter 5 years ago and then I bought the Sawyer Mini a couple of years ago and most recently got the Katadyn BeFree with my REI dividend. Believe it or not, they're all really different.

Similarities:

1) both lightweight
2) both are simple to use
3) .1 micron filter
4) Excellent choices for day hikes, trail running, mountain biking


Differences:
1) BeFree's flow rate is a lot faster. 2 liters per minute
2) Mini can filter 100,000 gallons vs BeFree's 264
3) Clean up is easier with BeFree just rinse it out, Mini can backflush
4) BeFree has a larger mouth (43mm) so filling it up is easier but is hard to find bag attachments. Hydropak makes a large one. Mini's mouth is smaller (28mm) but you can find lots of bottle attachments.
5) Mini comes with a straw, so in case you lose the bag or it gets damaged you can drink from the stream directly
6) Befree's filter fits inside the water reservoir, so you can pack it intact vs the Mini.

Just in case you want to see a video review:

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Re: Comparing the Sawyer Mini vs Katadyn BeFree

Post by Halfapint » Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:27 am

Very cool, great review. Don't think I'll be replacing my Sawyer, but it's a great review.
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Re: Comparing the Sawyer Mini vs Katadyn BeFree

Post by Junglas » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:08 pm

Halfapint wrote:Very cool, great review. Don't think I'll be replacing my Sawyer, but it's a great review.
Thanks brother! The Mini's are excellent! I think the BeFree would appeal the most, to trail runners who want to take a quick stop, get water and then keep running and drink on the go. That's where the BeFree really shines. Quick and easy. Mini's are great too! I love having all these choices and it's all affordable. I remember when I bought my first water filter 6 or 7 years ago, they were a lot more expensive then these smaller units.

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Re: Comparing the Sawyer Mini vs Katadyn BeFree

Post by Halfapint » Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:39 pm

Junglas wrote:
Halfapint wrote:Very cool, great review. Don't think I'll be replacing my Sawyer, but it's a great review.
Thanks brother! The Mini's are excellent! I think the BeFree would appeal the most, to trail runners who want to take a quick stop, get water and then keep running and drink on the go. That's where the BeFree really shines. Quick and easy. Mini's are great too! I love having all these choices and it's all affordable. I remember when I bought my first water filter 6 or 7 years ago, they were a lot more expensive then these smaller units.
I remember when I was in boy scouts in the mid/late 90's. They were heavy, slow, and expensive, and he replacement filters were $100+
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Re: Comparing the Sawyer Mini vs Katadyn BeFree

Post by Woods Walker » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:20 pm

I like the Squeeze over the Mini as on the trail it gets clogged less and back flushes easier. I gotta check out the video as don't own the BeFee. On bit of info is don't use these in sub freeing temps as the insides can get trashed. Thanks for posting!!!
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Re: Comparing the Sawyer Mini vs Katadyn BeFree

Post by Dooms » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:25 am

I just bought a 3L BeFree as a filter for group camping. Curious to see how it does, unfortunately I'll probably have to wait until next spring since no one will go with me in winter :?

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