Platypus Quickdraw Microfilter System Review


Platypus Quickdraw Microfilter System Review

The QuickDraw Microfilter System is a squeeze-style backcountry water filter kit that’s compatible with Platypus soft bottles and reservoirs, smartWater Bottles, and bottles with a standard 28 mm opening. It comes with a transparent 1L soft bottle but is also available by itself (QuickDraw Water Filter) if you’d rather supply your own compatible “dirty” bottle or reservoir.

The QuickDraw Microfilter System, reviewed here, comes with a 1L transparent soft bottle and has a fast 3L per minute flow rate. You can use it to decant clean water into water bottles or drink directly from the filter, which has caps to keep the ends clean and prevent them from leaking water all of your gear between uses. The QuickDraw is also field-cleanable without having to carry a cleaning syringe or any special equipment.

Specs at a Glance

  • Weight:
    • QuickDraw Filter: 2.2 oz
    • 1L Softbottle: 1.2 oz
  • Filter type: Squeeze
  • Filer medium: Hollow fiber
  • Removes: Protozoa (99.9%), Bacteria (99.9999%)
  • Output: 3L per minute
  • Cartridge Life: 1000L
  • Compatible with:
  • Field cleanable: Yes
  • Dimensions: 2 x 5
  • Soft Bottle: 1L, Included

The QuickDraw filter comes with a 1L transparent bottle for collecting water. The bottle and the filter have end caps to prevent leaks between uses.
The QuickDraw comes with a 1L transparent bottle for collecting water. The bottle and the filter have end caps to prevent leaks between uses.

The QuickDraw is a hollow fiber squeeze-style water filter that includes a transparent 1L water bottle for collecting water to filter. It has an oversized wide mouth to make it easier to collect water, with a built-in soft handle to scoop it up. The QuickDraw can also filter water from other Platypus Bottles and Reservoirs, smartWater Bottles, and common 28 mm PET soda/water bottles.

The QuickDraw filter has two end caps so it can be sealed up after use and carried in a backpack without leaking over everything you own and making it wet. The top cap, which is the clean end, has an attached flip-up lid so it can’t be lost or contaminated between uses. This is handy if you like to drink directly from the filter by squirting water into your mouth, which is what many hikers do with the Sawyer Squeeze Filter or Sawyer Mini. I’ve never been a fan of this practice with the Sawyer filters because they don’t provide a cap that’s attached to the filter to keep it clean.


If you don’t want to keep track of the caps between uses, you can just keep the filter attached to the soft bottle.
If you don’t want to keep track of the caps between uses, you can just keep the filter attached to the soft bottle and roll them up together for easy storage.

A bottom cap is included with the filter to prevent water from draining from the bottom of the filter between uses. A cap is also included for the bottle. If you like you can also keep the filter attached to the soft bottle if you don’t want to keep track of the caps between uses.


Filtering water is easy. You just squeeze the soft bottle and direct the output to a different container or directly into your mouth.
Filtering water is easy. You just squeeze the soft bottle and direct the output to a different container or directly into your mouth.

The filter has a very fast 3L per minute flow rate so you can use it to refill clean water bottles easily. It uses a hollow fiber filter medium that is individually tested before being sold, like Sawyer filters. It removes Protozoa (99.9%), Bacteria (99.9999%) but is a filter, not a water purifier, so it doesn’t remove viruses.


The QuickDraw is compatible with pre-existing Platypus bottles and reservoirs like the 2L bottle, shown here.
The QuickDraw is compatible with pre-existing Platypus bottles and reservoirs like the 2L bottle, shown here.

The QuickDraw water filter is also compatible with pre-existing 1 and 2L Platypus bottles (the ones with gusseted bottoms) or Platypus Reservoirs, smartWater bottles, or other PET soda/water bottles from Coke, Pepsi, etc., giving you a lot of flexibility of use. The QuickDraw filter forms a tight and watertight connection with these bottles, so you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination from water dripping out of the connection and into your clean water bottles.


The QuickDraw water filter forms a tight seal with smartWater bottles, but has an attached mouthpiece cap.
The QuickDraw water filter forms a tight seal with smartWater bottles, but has permanently attached mouthpiece cap.

Field Cleaning

There are two ways to clean the QuickDraw Microfilter System filter in the field if the flow rate begins to drop. The first requires filling the 1L soft bottle included with the unit, screwing on the water filter, and shaking the two together. This loosens and removes the sediment and particulates that collect at the dirty end and is usually quite effective. You can also backflush the Quickdraw water filter by placing a full 28 mm PET soda/water bottle over the clean end’s mouthpiece and forcing water back through the filter.

Recommendation

The Platypus QuickDraw MicroFilter Water System is a high throughput squeeze style water filter with a flow rate of 3L per minute. We really like the fact that it’s compatible with pre-existing Platypus soft bottles which we prefer to use on backpacking trips because they have gusseted bottoms that stand up on their own making them easier to use in camp. We also appreciate the fact that Platypus has taken a standards-based approach to inter-brand compatibility by supporting rigid 28 mm bottles from smartWater and others, and not locking you into a proprietary bottle size.

If you don’t own any 1L, 2L, or 3L Platy bottles or reservoirs already (I have a drawer full), it makes some sense to buy the QuickDraw Microfilter Water System which comes with a 1L soft bottle to use a durable “dirty” bottle.  Otherwise, purchasing the standalone Platypus QuickDraw Water Filter is less expensive and makes use of water containers/bottle that you already own.

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Last updated: 2021-08-05 08:18:44

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