While they are best known for their standalone straw that purified water as you sipped, LifeStraw has since integrated that initial design into a range of products. That includes a line of water bottles that comes with a water-purifying straw built in. The LifeStraw Go Stainless Steel adds a more durable all-steel option to that line.
That’s right, it’s LifeStraw’s water-purifying straw inside a double-walled, all-steel water bottle, so you can use it like a regular water bottle for sipping cold juices at work and also use it for drinking from suspicious water sources in the trail. Sadly, you can’t use it to filter out the love potion you suspect your married neighbor has been putting into your drinking water at home, so you’ll probably still stay madly pining for her like an absolute creep the way you have this entire pandemic season. Yeah, spending too much time at home really does have its drawbacks.
The LifeStraw Go Stainless Steel combines a double-walled, vacuum-insulated bottle that can hold 24 ounces of your ice cold soda, freshly-squeezed juice, or murky water from a stream in the backcountry. No word on how long that vacuum insulation can keep cold drinks chilled, but we imagine, it will perform like most similar bottles in the market, which should be good for a few hours of temperature maintenance. Oh yeah, this isn’t intended for hot drinks, so the bottle won’t be able to keep your coffee hot when you leave for work in the morning.
It comes with a water-purifying straw that’s integrated into the lid, so everything you sip out of the bottle gets put through its membrane microfilter and activated carbon filter before it ever touches your mouth. According to LifeStraw, it can eliminate 99.999999 percent of bacteria, 99.999 percent of parasites, chlorine, organic chemical matter, dirt, and those tiny microplastics that, somehow, make their way into our water, so it doesn’t matter where you get your refreshment, the darn thing should be reasonably potable after it makes its way through the straw. It meets NSF 42, US EPA, and NSF P231 standards.
The LifeStraw Go Stainless Steel has replaceable filters and parts, so you don’t have to throw away the whole straw the moment the filters are past their useful lifespans. According to the outfit, the membrane microfilter can last for up to 1,000 gallons and the activated carbon filter can hold up to 26 gallons, so while that’s a lot of water before any maintenance, you will have to replace the latter a lot more frequently (the outfit estimates you need a new carbon filter every three months). And yes, please replace it, since there’s no point getting a water-purifying filter if won’t clean up your water properly.
Dimensions are 9.4 x 3.3 inches (height x diameter), so this is a convenient size for gripping with one hand. It comes with a carabiner for clipping onto a bag loop or hooking on your finger during transit.
The LifeStraw Go Stainless Steel is available now, priced at $59.95.