3 Big Problems with The Lifestraw Go

3 Big Problems with The Lifestraw Go That No One Ever Talks About

The Lifestraw Go is essentially the Lifestraw in a bottle. It will filter out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria as well as 99.9% of waterborne protozoa. This is a vast improvement on the Lifestraw design, which forces you to lie down to drink water. The “straw only” design means that there is no obvious way to take water with you – a fatal design flaw originally spotted by blogger ‘SnarkyNomad’.

The Lifestraw Gois an improvement on the Lifestraw design however it has some of its own issues, which not much attention has been given.

Is The Lifestraw Go A Better Alternative To The Lifestraw?

As previously mentioned, the Lifestraw Go is essentially the Lifestraw in a bottle. This might sound very simplistic but doing this has fixed a lot of the problems mentioned in my original lifestraw review. For instance, this new water filter bottle version means that you can take filtered water with you. It also means that you don’t have the inconvenience of only being able to drink when you were close to water.

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The original Lifestraw Design meant you have to lie down to drink water….

Lifestraw Go bottle only emerged 2013, which was 8 years after the original release of the Lifestraw. Presumably this new product was designed to combat and address some of the issues with its predecessor. However it seems to have some issues of its own.

3 Problems With The Lifestraw Go

Red CrossThe first issue is that the Lifestraw Go does not use the normal regular Lifestraw as its filter. It instead uses a slightly different version. This is obviously frustrating if you already have a Lifestraw and assumed you could just use it with the new bottle. You need to buy a separate specially made replacement filter for the “Go” bottle. I personally think they missed a trick because the existing Lifestraw owners and converts would have jumped at the chance to pay a little extra and get a bottle to go with their existing device. Many might assume that the Lifestraw would be the obvious replacement filter for the Go bottle but beware that it is not.

Red CrossThe second issue is that the straw protrudes slightly beyond the edge of the lid. This is the case even when the bottle is firmly closed and the straw as already been folded to its maximum. The problem with this is that it creates a hygiene concern. As it is a water bottle, you are likely to pick it up with your hands on occasion. If you are outdoors hiking, then your hands a likely to be very dirty, which defeats the whole point of filtering your water.

Red CrossFinally this device will not provide 100% protection against every scenario. The most obvious being its inability to protect your water from viruses or chemical contamination. If you want something that covers all of this then get some iodine tablets or a UV light. Alternatively, you could also consider a water filter bottle that specifically targets chemical and viral contamination.

 

Lifestraw Go – My Conclusion

Mr Water Geek ThinkingWhy only 3 stars? It is a big improvement from the original straw version of this product.

It does the job so long as you’re not trying to treat anything too harzadous or toxic.

However the big flaws mentioned in this article are difficult to overlook. 

Finally there are better alternatives out there like the Sawyer Bottle.

 

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