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Time for another giveaway, just in time for the holidays.

The team over at Grayl reached out to me recently, and we decided to do another reader giveaway. This time it’s for the new Grayl Ultralight, which had quite a nice run on Kickstarter recently, and I’ve been using ever since. Grayl has offered to provide a brand new Ultralight to two lucky winners, whether you’re in the US or abroad, so now’s your chance to get one, too.

I’ve written about the Grayl before, which is an all-in-one water filtration system contained entirely within a bottle. No pumps, no straws, no iodine, no light bulbs, no batteries, no nothing. Just a filter that operates like a French press, removing heavy metals, chemicals, particles, bacteria, protozoa, and viruses.

Yes, viruses, the Achilles heel of just about every other water filtration system on the planet. Not only are virus-filtering devices incredibly rare, but they’re even more rare if you want an all-in-one bottled device that works just like a regular water bottle, which is what I prefer. It’s hard to go back to the more complicated systems once you’re used to this kind of simplicity.

Here’s what they look like, with two new colors just added recently:

Grayl Colors
Like a handful of Skittles.

Operating the filter is quite simple. Just fill up the outer chamber:

Filling up the Grayl
There’s a fill line indicator, marked on the outside, so you don’t overfill.

Then insert the inner chamber, and press:

Pressing the Grayl filter
Press with the cap on, which makes pressing more comfortable (and cleaner, too), but leave it unsealed, to allow air to get through, so you’re not pressing against a vacuum.

It descends in about 15 seconds, and then you’re ready to drink:

Finished Grayl filtration
Batteries not included, nor needed.

It’s wonderfully simple, and its filtration performance is right up there with anything you’ll find, removing the following contaminants:

  • Particles (dirt and dust)
  • Chemicals (like chlorine and benzene)
  • Heavy metals (like lead and arsenic)
  • 99.9999% of bacteria (like E. Coli and Salmonella)
  • 99.999% of protozoan cysts (like Giardia and Cryptosporidium)
  • 99.9999% of viruses (like Rotavirus and Hepatitis A)

All of this in a device that works in 15 seconds to filter its half-liter capacity, weighing in at about 11 ounces, and lasting for about 40 gallons per cartridge (or about 150 liters).

This puts it right up there with the best backpacking water filters you can find, which is quite a short list; but the Grayl’s design also sets it apart, by eliminating the sucking, squeezing, pumping, waiting, or iodine flavor of certain alternatives out there. It also means you can pour the water into another bottle, either for storage, or a friend.

They’ve also got another type of filter cartridge designed just for tap water, so you can use that while you’re at home, and save the serious cartridge for backpacking in the mountains, traveling through developing countries, or wherever you can find a fresh water source.

Feel free to take a look at the in-depth review on the Grayl Ultralight from when it first came out, if you’d like even more stats, photos, and other info, including some usage tips that’ll help in operating it most effectively. There’s a stainless steel version as well, which is just gorgeous––but I think most hikers and travelers will prefer the Ultralight model pictured here, and that’s what we’re giving away this time, too.

How do I enter?!

Sign up right here, where all you’ll be asked to do is visit Grayl’s Facebook page. No need to comment, nor become a fan––just visit. In fact I was hoping to set this up with no extra work required at all, but this was the easiest option available with this neat little raffle widget.

This giveaway runs through the 6th of December, so don’t be late!

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Once the raffle is finished, Grayl will contact the winners to find out their favorite color and shipping info.

In the meantime, take a look at TheGrayl.com for even more photos and details, and good luck!

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