My Hiking Water System: What Keeps Me Hydrated

For those of you that are looking for a good system of items to carry and filter your water in any situation, these are the items I have used extensively and swear by. Regardless if it is for a bug out bag, survival kit, camping, a day hike, or a backpacking trip it believe this system will help!

Survivor Filter Review:







  1. Jden Ian on November 17, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Ummmmmmm, your explanation of steel bottles vs a plastic nalgene is complete opposite of what is correct. A steel bottle gives you a ‘back up’ so you can throw it in the fire n boil ect if need be, won’t hurt it mate, a plastic bottle is just simply that, a plastic bottle, can’t do shit with it. I rock the path finder pot and bottle combo.

  2. Kyle Walker on November 17, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Lifestraws and Sewer Minis are way superior

  3. Alex S. on November 17, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    I’m confused. Why wouldn’t you just do a steel water bottle and steel cup?

  4. Rodrigo Freitas on November 17, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Excellent system. Thanks for sharing.

  5. LDS Nurse on November 17, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Where are you located? I’m just curious about which area of the Rockies.

  6. AnkaMelo on November 17, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Great setup.. nothing like being dehydrated in Colorado, its easy to dry up here, great to have multiple options

  7. CZECHMATE9591 on November 17, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Nice video great topic

  8. Pack Mule on November 17, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    I like the Platypus 3L bladder. A lot more simple and more versatile in my opinion. Nice system though.

  9. Daniel Rasmussen on November 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    green screen

  10. Kevin Gumfory on November 17, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I enjoyed the vid. man slot of shills come to your PG. lol

  11. gibrigg on November 17, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Great setup! I gotta agree with the posts below on the benefits of stainless. If you have to boil it’s much faster than using only the cup. You can also bring boiling hot water with you into your sleeping bag at night (inside of a wool sock) and you’ll be warmer all night.. And have unfrozen water in the morning. Again, great video! Keep them coming.

  12. Zack8133 on November 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    First thing I noticed was how good the audio is in this video. Your voice is up front and level. Didn’t have to turn up or turn down at all after the intro. Great topic as well!

  13. MississipVol on November 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    I use the Kleen Kanteen rather than a nalgene because it has more uses. It’s only 3 ounces heavier, holds 8 more ounces, and is rather simple to boil water in. Just use the bottle holder that they also use for fishing and use a stick to easily take it out of the fire. I can still fit my kanteen in a GSI cup so I have both. Better to have a second container you can boil in imho.

    If I am going more ultralight I just carry a used Gatorade bottle and filter with my Sawyer mini.

  14. Jazzmine Jackson on November 17, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    I made a really bad mistake Hiking today for the first time. I didn’t bring enough water and the group was moving faster than I thought There was no time to eat snacks, because we didn’t take a break and we had to watch for the rocks. The trail was supposed to be shaded and it was not the the whole way. I almost didn’t make it back to my car.

  15. Joie Mojica-Gahum on November 17, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Good Video!! One good quality water bottle is the one from rooadeavour. I use it and its great.

  16. Trekked1 on November 17, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Great setup. You should check out the Sawyer mini water filtration system. It can be configured to filter water in several different ways. You can sip from it like the Survivor Filter in your vid or set it up as part of a gravity feed system to filter larger amounts of water over time. It’s small, lightweight, and cheap. Around ~18$. Good luck!

  17. zheng minhui on November 17, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    This version of camelback always leaks . I get really frustrated sometimes

  18. Daniel Heller on November 17, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    use the ame cup/ bottle system, paired with a osprey bladder (because it came with my pack)

  19. Akkamba on November 17, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for this! Might buy some new gear in the months to come, mainly a backpack since the one I have now is a shitty surplus store one (norwegian surplus stores sell low quality gear)

  20. Dick Grayson on November 17, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Great system, I run almost the exact same gear. Maybe one or two different brands, but same system. The only thing we don’t have in common is I do almost always carry a stainless steel bottle.
    loved the video!

  21. Adam on November 17, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Which Outdoor Research jacket are you wearing, and how do you like it? I’d love to see a video on some of your favorite clothing 🙂

  22. ewing1807 on November 17, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Geigerrig bladders are pretty good too they have a separate chamber for air with a pump and you can pump it up and squirt water.

  23. KnifeRev on November 17, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Can the Platypus bottle be connected to the Survivor filer?  Do the threads march?

  24. Andress Justain on November 17, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    There Bottle style is better,but I found a more interesting and Environmentally friendly bottle,(100% CORN LID,)(BEST SPORTS WATER BOTTLE)(Environmental protection and health)
    H&C Straw BOTTLE

  25. WoodPileDenmark on November 17, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    dont take your dog hiking dislike from me

  26. iyn1911 on November 17, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    The steel cup option is great! I’ll use that in my kits.

  27. Stefan Campbell on November 17, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Great vid Aaron!

  28. A Keeper Of Odd Knowledge on November 17, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Great video as always, Aaron! I too have the Wal-Mart ss cup and don’t use a metal water bottle. I did pick up a Stanley ss canteen. Haven’t tried it out yet.
    I really like your common sense approach to outdoor survival and hope you keep the videos coming!

    PS: I look forward to seeing Tommy the Trail Dog soon!

  29. Mraz on November 17, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    So. I had to re-listen the part with steel bottles and I have to say I don’t get it. You use plastic bottles with a steel cup so you can boil a lot of water but you don’t use steel bottles (that can also be used with steel cups) because You’ll thrash them? I’ve boiled a lot of water in my Klean Canteen, brew coffee and even made a stew in it and it’s perfectly fine. Usually I just put it in hot coals until water boils. No harm to the bottle whatsoever.

  30. Ed Donovan on November 17, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    This helped me out a lot, thanks for the video!

  31. Muzenix on November 17, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    This is an awesome video, 😀 Im definatly subbing, i will try to visit your channel regularly from now on 😀 if you can do visit my channel! That would be awesome!! 😀 Until next time and keep up the great videos! Peace

  32. Cr0cket20 on November 17, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    great look at your setup. important to keep well hydrated while out.

  33. Brian Taylor on November 17, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Have you tried Source Tactical bladders?
    I’m sold on them, I have the Assault 20 pack and the USMC canteen pack. I mostly day hike though but they work great for fast trekking in the Southern Appalachians where I’m from.
    I also prefer the steel cup like you state. They offer so many options for survival.
    Thanks for the videos, I enjoy your common sense approach to the outdoors. KISS that’s my motto, I learned that in the Marines.

  34. Adaptable Survival on November 17, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Great video as always man! I totally get where you’re coming from one the stainless steel bottles, I prefer to use them but also use the steel cup in my fire/cook system. Great thoughts on all the gear and looks like I’ll be placing a new order for some gear! Take care brother!

  35. Lon Truelove on November 17, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Is it raining? Good video. Thank you.

  36. John on November 17, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    great video. Have you tried the hydroflask. I love my hydroflask.

  37. NorwegianWoods on November 17, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    That is a lot good options. Thanks for the tips 🙂
    – Martin

  38. SCJMO on November 17, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I’ve always said that clean canteen or some similar producer should make a camel back like line system for their jugs.

  39. Phillip Delaney on November 17, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    my platypus broke after like 3 months of moderate use lol. My nalgenes never lets me down! my jetboil nests it perfectly too

  40. Sid Lambert on November 17, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    I used the 50 oz nalgene with a Blue Desert Smart Tube turns the versatility up a notch.

  41. BOOSTEDLASER on November 17, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Great vid as always. Good info
    MUST say I hated all of my camelbak.
    Like Geigerrig system so much better.
    Try one !

  42. shcmoly on November 17, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Camelbak hiking & day trips. Multiday Katadyn Hiker Pro, Sawyer Mini backup. Fire & boil if needed.

  43. BOOSTEDLASER on November 17, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    2017, whats your favorite 2-3 filters? keep hearing about this new 4004 MSR Guardian

  44. barkriverbravo1 on November 17, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Is Renovo and survivor the same company ? The straws look the same and function the same

  45. Carl Haugland on November 17, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Could you do a review of the spyderco pingo?

  46. Backwoods Mx on November 17, 2020 at 9:41 pm


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