I Heart Pacific Northwest gear review: Hydroblu Versa Flow water filter

Posted by Lisa Homes


I had been using the Sawyer Squeeze water filter on backpacking trips for three years, and when the flow rate slowed down and didn’t improve with backflushing, I was ready to purchase a new one. Then Hydroblu sent the Versa Flow to me and after using it on 15 days of backpacking trips in 2019, it’s now my preferred water filter.

Both ends of the filter have internal threads for attaching to standard water bottles and containers. One side is marked “in” for attaching to a container filled with unfiltered water (I use the CNOC Vecto), and the other is marked “out” for the filtered water to flow through. Attach the “out” side to a water bottle or one of the Hydroblu collapsible canteens and collect the clean water.

For more info on my hydration gear and how I filter water, see: My Ultralight Backpacking Hydration & Filtering System.