Sunday, 20 April 2008

Aquagear water purification filter bottle part II

Aquagear water filtration bottle


The Aquagear Survivor arrived as seen, with a printed double-sided A4 sheet with information and instructions on how to use the bottle, the same instructions are painted/silk screened on to the bottle.

The first thing you notice this that the top of the bottle does not unscrew; I found this out after two attempts and then reading the instructions.

Personally I've never see a water filter bottle that works by filling up from the bottom but because it does, this means that the bottle can have a pre-filter fitted.  This is the 40 micron sieve which looks like a tea strainer, and help to keep large objects from entering the bottle. The filter sits between the bottle and the base. The base also has a little screw-off compartment to place either a iodine or chlorine tablet in.


40 micron pre-filter sieve & base


40 micron pre-filter sieve, base & iodine/chlorine container

This bottle only weighs 180g with the neoprene sleeve or 156g without it. The bottle is also sightly tapered; the base (7cm) being wider than the top (6.5cm), the length of the bottle is 23 cm. The body of the bottle is made from a soft plastic, this is to allow for squeezing of the bottle to push the water through the filter. It can deliver 100-300 ml/minute.  The drinking cap is a normal sports pull/push type but it does have a dust cap to help keep it free from dirt and contamination.



2 micron filter

The main filter unit is built into the top cap. This filter does all the work removing not only waterborne diseases like Giardia, Cryptosporidium & E-coli but can also remove taste & taint, Chemicals, Hebicides, and Heavy metals.

This filter uses a system called 'Tortuous path technology'.

The high-tech porous plastic micro-filter is impregnated with both the finest granulated activated coconut Carbon available and Seychelle's exclusive adsorbing media for superior analyte removal capability.

In addition, the controlled 2-micron filter contains thousands of omni-directional pores that result in a "torturous path" for superior analyte reduction.

This gives the water bottle a capability of 99.8% reduction in 4 areas of Contamination:-

  • Aesthetic
  • Microbiological
  • Chemical
  • Dissolved Solids


neoprene sleeve

So far I have only tested the bottle with normal London tap water, and the bottle seems to filter this as good as the water filters we use at home.

Next weekend; I am off to the Peak District for a few days and will be taking the bottle with me to test in the rivers and streams up there.



Bottle top & dust cap

One little niggle I have is that after only 4-5 dunkings in water, the print on the bottle is starting to come off.  Although not a major issue; it is a bit annoying especially as the flaked off print seems to stick to my hands quite easily.

Print coming off



  1. Any follow up to your field use of this filter bottle?

  2. Nice series of photos here. I've linked to this page for an upcoming post about The Travel Tap. have you tired it yet?

  3. Hi Philip

    No I haven't tried the Travel Tap, mainly because I haven't have full use of the Aquagear filtering. It probably has about 60% of filtering left in it.

    Although I may look to buy a Travel Tap for Scotland next year, as it looks easier to fill.

  4. The bottle is only 650 ml wich is a bit perplexing. Still it looks like a nice unit.

  5. Anonymous1:22 am

    I noticed you posted this blog several years ago, but my son was just given the Aquagear to use on a scouting trip. Did you have success with it? Did you ever use the Redi Chlor Tabs? I'm a little confused on how they work-I assume it takes a long time for them to dissolve?? Any comments/help would be appreciated.

    1. The full review of the bottle is at

      I've never used the bottle with chlorine tablets as I've never felt the need for extra filteration on any water I have put in the bottle.