Wednesday, March 16, 2016

GRAYL Ultralight : "Holy Grail" of portable water purifiers!

Exactly one year ago to this day, I was being offered a humble (yet dignified) glass of water from the head of a rural household in the literal middle of Pakistan. While I had gone prepared with a small portable UV type water sterilizer, I opted to not disrespect the honorary gesture and leave my magic wand hidden in my backpack and straight-up drink the beverage that was offered me. I did this … knowing what was sure to be in the water (as it contained the same odor as the raw sewage water which flowed in open trenches around the modest brick & mud houses).


Fortunately for me and my wife, that small prayer we prayed right before drinking this beverage seemed to suffice in our not taking ill to whatever microscopic forces infested the water.
Unfortunately, this is a lesson that all too many learn in a most painstaking way when traveling abroad – or even when drinking from a seemingly “crystal clear” mountain stream.

While there have long been many options available for the adventuring traveler, finding the “holy grail” of portable water purifiers has certainly proven a quest. I'm not one for chemical treatments or other ways of adulterating a drink to make it “acceptable”; and survival straws are great & all – but still just don't quite give one that full bout of confidence. Portable UV purifiers like the SteriPen are what I've used most frequently in my overseas journeys; but they only sterilize the water - without filtering it of contaminants such as heavy metals, dangerous particles, sediment and other potentially hazardous contaminants. They also rely on the need for a power source for recharging, and contain fragile lamps that -if broken- can leave you defenseless. 

And that's why there's the GRAYL. <<< (appropriately named)

GRAYL Ultralight

Quick Specs:
- purifies & filters
- 16 oz capacity
- 300 uses per filter (40Gal / 150L)
- weight: 10.9 oz (empty)

Purification AND Filtration: 

-Removes: 99.9999% of viruses (e.g. rotavirus, norovirus, hepatitis A)
-Removes: 99.9999% of bacteria (e.g. e.coli, salmonella, cholera)
-Removes: 99.999% of protozoan cysts (e.g. giardia, cryptosporidium)
-Filters particulates (e.g. sand, silt, sediment), chemicals (e.g. chlorine, iodine), and heavy metals (e.g. lead, arsenic).
-Improves water flavor, odor and clarity.


In my experience with survival straws, uv wands, make-shift solar stills, and filtering water through my own sock – it doesn't get any easier than the Grayl. The Ultralight is used in a quick 3-step process: FILL :: PRESS :: DRINK

That's it. No complicated nonsense. Just one press, and drink.
I thought it too good to be true myself... so I gave it a try on some spring water that flowed through 200 acres of appalachia mountain forest, through a pond, and down a waterfall before entering my GRAYL.

Final thoughts:
After repetitive use of the Ultralight for drinking our pond and creek water – I can firmly attest that despite all the foreign matter of animal droppings and contaminants, that this Grayl provided a clean drink every time. Furthermore, it's light weight construction and size makes it ideal for fitting in or clipping onto my backpack.

What I'm really looking forward to is it's use in upcoming travels, both domestically and abroad. Without any fragile parts, batteries, or chemicals involved, it's certainly a save for passing through airport security as well as other checkpoints; and it'll survive a tumble or two when things get sketchy. Additionally, there's no comparison for the peace of mind that comes with not having to debate between dehydration or filtering your drinking water through an old dirty sock!

Learn more about this product direct from the inventors!

Disclosure: Work'n Man's Life received a sample Grayl Ultralight from Grayl for this review. The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of author and have in no way been influenced by or reflect those of Grayl. 

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