We first learned about the GEOPRESS™ Purifier by GRAYL at the Outdoor Retailer Show this summer, and we got a unit sent out to us as a sample to test in July. Over the past three months, we have used the GRAYL on several trips and excursions. The unit is as easy as pie to use, and it has been a lifesaver both in our off-grid travels as well as our more urban adventures.
While camping here in Nebraska at the local lakes and campgrounds, we’ve taken water right from the lakes and rivers, filtered it through the GRAYL GEOPRESS and used the cleaned water for our cooking and drinking as well as water for our dog Miko. The GRAYL is so easy to use that it just makes sense to use it. You fill up the main cylinder, drop the filter on the top and push your way to clean water. It takes under 10 seconds, and you get 24 ounces of clean water.
Sometimes you wonder about water even in modern settings. We used the GRAYL in a hotel this year. While I’m sure the hotel had clean water, sometimes water has a smell to it. And a faint rust color is a major turn off when it comes to drinking water. This was no problem; we simply ran all of the water through the filter for drinking and brushing our teeth. There really is no need to take a chance and risk it.
The unit removes: waterborne pathogens (99.99% of viruses, 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of protozoan cysts), including Rotavirus, Hepatitis A, Norovirus, Giardiasis, Cryptosporidium, E. Coli, Cholera, Salmonella, Dysentery and more. It also filters: particulates (i.e. silt, microplastics, etc.), activated carbon effectively adsorbs chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, flavors, and odors. The cartridge lasts about 350 cycles, and you can buy replacement cartridges for less than $25.00 and last for up to ten years. The GEOPRESS weighs close to one pound.
Anyone traveling abroad should seriously consider using one of these to keep themselves safe. It protects you from all those ethyl-methyl bad things in the water, and at the end of a trip you will feel good knowing you kept a whole lot of single use water bottles out of landfills.
Check these out at Grayl.com or buy one on Amazon(affiliate link).