This product has been around for a little while now and for those not familiar with what a Lifestraw is, I’ll try and give you an idea.
So really the easiest way to sum it up is that it is a personal water filter that you can pretty much stick into a puddle of water and drink from. I believe they were originally designed to help in the case of a natural disaster, but now days they are being used by outdoors people all over the globe. Just suck water through it and the filter removes 99.99999% of waterborne bacteria , and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites down to 0.2 microns in size.
The first time I heard about this product I thought it would be a brilliant thing to take along with me when I go Bass fishing on foot or in the canoe, instead of a camelback or similar water bladder backpack design.
My local tackle shop, McCallums Tackleworld Nowra, got some in stock and I couldn’t help but go and buy one. I originally bought the straw version which is designed to be stuck into the water source and drank directly from it. When I got home I thought I would check out the reviews online. I stumbled across another blog that got me thinking. It talked about the straw version and how it wasn’t really that great of an idea for anyone who needs to move away from the water source as you need a creek, stream or puddle to access water. So I returned the straw and replaced it with the Lifestraw Go.
The Go is essentially the same thing, however this time it incorporates a bottle so that you can just scoop up water and have it with you wherever you go.
I was itching to test it out to see how it would taste and if I would get sick or feel ill afterwards. So on a canoe trip up the Shoalhaven River above the rapids was the location and the bottle was dunked and filled to the brim. Let me tell you, this is brilliant! Forget going on weekend canoe trips and having to take bulky, heavy containers of clean drinking, just pack the Lifestraw Go. It has the ability to filter 1,000 litres of water, which you know you’ve reached when water can no longer be sucked through it.
This should be on the shopping list of anyone who fishes the freshwater and at around $40 for the Go, it’s an affordable purchase that won’t leave you thirsty!
Images below were taken from the Lifestraw website http://www.buylifestraw.com/