In this video, we take a look at two filters we’ve been using for the last few years during our bike tours: the MSR Autoflow and Sawyer Squeeze. If you want the executive summary, scroll down below.

Both filters have a place in our touring gear, but they each work optimally for certain situations. Here are some pros and cons of each.

MSR Autoflow
+ Large opening on bladder makes it easy to fill
+ Great basecamp water filter
+ Best option for filtering for 3-4 people
– At 12.5oz, twice the weight and pack size of the Sawyer Squeeze

Sawyer Squeeze
+ At 5oz, half the weight and volume of the MSR Autoflow
+ Small and convenient enough to take even on long day rides
+ Filters for 1 to 2 people
+ Comes with syringe to backflush the filter
– Stock bladder is too small, must immediately upgrade to a larger one like the Platypus Platy bottle.
– Small mouth on bladder makes it tricky to fill in low water situations

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